Teal and Blue…just like 1992 on Flickr.
Teal and Blue…just like 1992 on Flickr.
That Socks on Flickr.
Testing, testing, testing on Flickr.
Full Circle on Flickr.
About a year ago I bought a book for a class I didn’t take. Since then I’ve had the book listed for sale on Amazon. This week it finally sold…to the department that I took the class from in the first place. So I packaged it up and dropped it in inter-campus mail. WIN!
The things a photo can’t convey on Flickr.
So there’s this weird schism going on between big time film guys and big time photo guys. The availability of dSLRs that shoot really good video means that suddenly every photographer wants to be a filmmaker. And I’m not sure if filmmakers are scared or…but I think mostly filmmakers have spent a lot of time learning their craft, and I think there is a lot more to putting moving images together than filmmakers realize!
I spend a lot of time in both communities, though I’d consider myself much more of a filmmaker than a photographer. That should be apparent by the quality of some of the images that are coming across this 365 project!!
But this is not the point I wish to make right now. The point I wish to make is that photo and video are very different things, and though Video is kind of explosive in popularity right now…wow, sometimes a single, carefully composed image can tell a story clearer and quicker than a 30 minute documentary. You realize 1080p HD video is just barely 2 megapixels? There’s a clarity and sharpness that photos can have that video just doesn’t have yet.
That said, it can go the other way too. There’s something in this photo that would be extremely obvious if it were a video clip, but as a photo it’s much more subtle. This generator is running! There had just been a big dump of rain, and I think there was some wind too, but I’m pretty sure the generator was just running as a periodic test. You can tell it’s running by that little black speck on top — that’s the exhaust, and it’s normally closed but when it’s running the exhaust gases blow that little cap open.
Photo. Video. They’re different mediums. There’s no reason they can’t get along.
Mavica! on Flickr.
We’re cleaning out the cupboards and closets at work and we’re finding some real relics of technology. Just wait until you see the next camera I post on here. But that’s not the subject of today…this Sony Mavica is. I love these things! They were these big clunky happy digital cameras that recorded images on a 3.5” floppy disc! In an era when all digital cameras had these horrible awful dimly backlit screens, the Mavicas had big bright, clear LCDs. These are built in Sony’s era of showing off the backlight, meaning that the top of the LCD screen (Which protruded from the back of the camera in a little hump) had a clear diffuser/cover that made it double as a miniature fluorescent flashlight! And the noises they made? Sony cameras make the happiest beeping noises. Like they’re happy you’re pushing all their buttons!
But let’s be real…the real reason I loved the Mavica so much is because we had a bunch of them in my high school. They were perfect when you needed to grab a quick picture or two in a world before SD readers built into computers, because you could just pop the floppy out and put it right in your computer! Never mind the fact you could only put 15 images on a floppy disc, you could only put 24 pictures on a roll of film, right?
9-3 Aero at magic hour on Flickr.
Via my iPhone:
If you’re wondering if this is only photo you’ll see in this year (sic) of photos, let me spell it out for you: Absolutely not.
So empty on Flickr.
I’m always astounded at the number of resources and departments that have to work together on a college campus to keep everything running. It truly is like a miniature city. The building I work in will be undergoing major electrical upgrades this weekend. They’ve been doing a bit of work all week, but we were told that this weekend would be big time…shut your servers down, etc.
One strange thing — I guess they still need power for their power tools, or some lights in the buliding? Not sure what — but all I know is that for the past two days one of the (recessed can) lights in the basement hallway has been pulled out and a big big big extension cord is coming out of it. Then today they started hooking that up to other things, like it looked like they were putting a little temporary electrical riser box on each floor — and the light they took out was near a stairway, so that makes sense.
But the other surprise today — and the thing that reminded me that these departments are all working together — was when I saw somebody pulling Lunchables out of the vending machine. For a moment I wondered if they’d reached their expiration date or something, then I remembered the major electrical updates that would be taking place over the weekend. Sure enough, within an hour all the perishables were gone from all refrigerated machines (Like milk was gone from one of the drink machines, but soda was still in there) and this machine — which vends frozen treats like ice cream bars and frozen burritos — was totally empty and powered off.
Can a cougar ride an elevator? on Flickr.
This year, filming for the BYU’s national campaign (Commercial that plays at basketball/football games and it will play on TV if we’re in any national tournaments) called for a cougar stand-in, which I was tasked to make. in our planning stages for the ad we found ourselves asking questions like “Can a cougar ride in a car?” and “Can a cougar wear a t-shirt?” (No, by the way).
The night I finished making the cougar I finished pretty late. As I was leaving the building I decided to snap this photo — can a cougar ride an elevator? Yes — as long as it’s not a real cougar.
It works! on Flickr.
Not to boast or anything, but I have a pretty cool job. I help create feature stories for BYU…as in the University, the whole university. Now please don’t take that to mean that I’m anything special…I just got lucky and knew the right people at the right time, and you think I’m just being humble but if I told you the story (Which involves a friend of a friend of a friend and twitter) of how I got the job, you’d see that I’m simply telling the truth.
One side benefit of working for the University proper though is that my work automatically has pretty decent distribution setup. So one time last year I was sitting in a restaurant when a BYU Basketball came on, and right there on all the big-screen TVs in the restaurant I got to see my commercial play on national TV.
This is along the same lines as that, it’s always fun to see where my stories pop up. I was walking to my car the other day and noticed my story (It works!) was being displayed on a TV in the Tanner building. Now I wish I could say that somebody selected it to be up there, but the truth is that I’m sure their digital signage software just pulls from the official BYU News RSS feed. Still, it’s cool to have an audience. I just have to remind myself that they come because it’s BYU, not because it’s me.