Camera Work: Potpourri

St Paul Rodeo Barn

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.

You can find the major additions in the Architecture galleries and the Flowers. Additions also in Black and White.

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….?

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  1. June 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Good day. Starting out rather warm for this time of year. First time unable to drop the interior temp to even 70F using exhaust fans, even though the outside temp is below 60F.

    We are in for a run this summer.

  2. Rachel
    June 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Lawrence, and thank you. I am sorry to be late, but I was struggling with a migraine headache for most of the day. Anyway, when I clicked on the link to the FDL gathering, I got this:

    “403. That’s an error.

    We’re sorry, but you do not have access to this page.That’s all we know.”

    By sheer coincidence, yesterday I was going through my gmail and one thing led to another- I wanted to see if anyone else had accessed my account, and so on. I went through history, settings, log-in attempts…you name it. My impression at the end was that when you sign up for gmail, you sign up for this sort-of universal google account; Google will then use your search and visits history to tailor things like ads and links, specifically to you. Just a guess- that is how you got to the link. The odd thing is, why doesn’t the link work for me? I guess it is because I am not logged onto your google account. If that makes sense!

  3. Rachel
    June 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    PS: I want to see the pictures!

  4. June 7, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I’m not surprised.

    I’ll see if I can do a screen capture.

  5. June 7, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  6. Rachel
    June 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I think this will work. I am waiting for the pictures to load (My connection is slow).

  7. Ruth
    June 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    thanks, Starbuck, and it’s funny to me when I am saying things on my gmail that then get reflected in my ads. As my son is remodeling his house, I get all sorts of ads for construction materials. Wasted of course.
    Sorry about the heat, this year I’ve escaped the TX summer, for good, and it is so nice to know I never will be totally unable to go out in the middle of the day because it’s stupid hot. And my lettuce wilting in the garden already, as today it’s 95F and that’s the northern border of TX – I’m really happy not to deal with it anymore.
    Thanks for the photos, too.

  8. June 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Ok, I fixed the link to FDL in Portland in the copy. It is also in the comments below.

    Thanks Rachel!!

  9. Suzanne
    June 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    thanks lawrence! i recognize so many faces. wow, 4 years ago – doesn’t seem that long

  10. June 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Great pics of great pups, Starbuck…! 😉

  11. Rachel
    June 7, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Ditto, thank you!

  12. jane24
    June 7, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Awesome B&W! Particularly like those trees. Thanks, Lawrence.

  13. Rachel
    June 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

    First pic: Suzanne.
    2: Cocktailhag, Raven333, Lawrence’s SO, Mr. Votus
    3: Patrick, cocktailhag, Lawrence’s SO, Raven333
    4. Teddy, Mz_chief, Scott, Votus, greenwarrior

    5 and 6: More of the beautiful FDL gathering at The Goose.

    So lovely!