Camera Work: Potpourri
Today, a variety of subjects, consisting of additions to my website, links to photo websites and information of interest to photographers, and a surprise at the end, compliments of Google Photos.
First, a note about today’s photo. It’s a storage shed for the St. Paul Rodeo, in St. Paul OR, one of the bigger ones in the state. Not quite up to par with the Pendelton Roundup, which I have yet to attend, but the St. Paul is pretty good. If you are so inclined, Google Earth St. Paul OR. Zoom in and find the arena. Can’t miss it: It’s shaped like a horseshoe. Bucolic setting, one of my favorite places to wander.
The second subject is Photography itself, or more particularly, Petapixel, a site I find much of my information on the goings-on in photography. You will find stories and videos on the ascendance of drones which are available to photographers and some of the twist and turns resulting. Hint: Drones are not welcome, thank you!
Finally, Google Photos. A new addition to Google offerings. I don’t know quite what to say about it. It’s technology is advanced, having an “Assistant” which does things I cannot duplicate in Photoshop, at least not without considerable effort to make it work. Haven’t spent much time as I just discovered it yesterday.
Here’s the kicker. I went to Google Photos, scrolled down the glitzy live presentation, ns at the bottom, a link says “Go to Google Photos”, a big, confident, blue button. So, being a clicky sort of person, I clicked it.
Here is the result. Instant Insanity! I stared at it a long time not quite comprehending what I saw. Of course, they are my images, of an FDL get together event held almost exactly 4 years ago, at Goose Hollow Tavern in Portland. But how? And how did Google Photos know I was researching an article on Photography for FDL Camera Work, and be so damn accommodating?
I still don’t know. Possibly because I have a g-mail account. But then, I don’t use it, my SO does. I did publish the photos on FDL, the day after, and since I didn’t have a website, possibly I used Picasa, but then, I had used it for other images, but didn’t like it.
So, here it is: FDL, Portland OR, June 16, 2011. Can you find people you know? Suzanne led the efforts to put this on so I did a photo of her. Numero uno in the sequence. Again, how did Google….?