I haven’t got anything I’ve written recently, so I’m digging up this half-completed draft:
This is going to be a blatant contradiction to what I normally write, but bear with me. Think about the following statement:
Let’s put the camera down for a moment, shall we?
It’s not about the nature shots or trying to preserve a memory, it’s about the times when you pick up your phone or camera, or tablet and trying to record every living moment.
Let’s consider the hypothetic person who walks into a museum and all they do is take pictures of all the exhibits.
Another person is sitting at a fireworks display or a music concert, holding their phone, trying to “preserve the event.”
Answer me this: When are you going to watch either of these events (on your device) again?
Glados Speak: “It’s been a longgggggggggggg time.” [since I made my last post.]
There hasn’t been much to talk about, but I have things to discuss.
This weekend, on the Canada Day long weekend, I was told by a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Operator on the subway to put my camera away.
After the subway train had pulled into the station, she stares at me through the window. Naturally, and inquisitively, I stepped forward for clarification. She rolls down the window, and asked me, “What are you doing?”
“Just taking some pictures of the trains.” I reply promptly. I am (rather) a transit enthusiast, and vehicles of various transit networks. From Vancouver’s Translink, to Hong Kong’s MTR, and now Toronto’s TTC. Of all of these other locations, I have never been asked to put my camera away, before.
Sternly, she fronted, “No.” No reason, no explanation, no rationale… simply “no.”
She reiterated, “You do not take pictures here. No.”
I realize that photography is a very touchy subject for me.
I like the technologies that companies have been coming out with.
But at the same time, it makes me really disappointed because some of the stuff that I do, like making actual panoramas, doing tilt shift photography, stepping out into the cold or extreme to take that stunning shot, are so obsolete now, because there are technologies that will do it automatically (most of the time, subpar and or making effects of it for people.)
All of these things, that required a great deal of effort to do, can be done so easily by people with iPhones or the latest Sony cameras with sweep panoramas. Things that used to have a meaning to do, like to have actually gone out, seen, and captured such a moment, they were memories worth relishing. But, nowadays, the same experience doesn’t stand out the same anymore. Some of the photos can just be too easily taken. It makes it feel that, what we used to do, with sweat and tears, can now be automatically done. It’s like I’m getting bumped out of my job because of technology. And that’s an unsettling feeling. (Even though I never made any money from my photography work.)
In tonight’s blog article, I’ll be talking about my new-found, rediscovery of Microsoft Photosynths.
I think it was about a year ago that I first found out about photosynths, but at the time, the program was still full of bugs, didn’t always work properly, and if I remember correctly, used to cost… or maybe I was just too lazy to install the program. I forget, it’s been a long time.
However, almost two months ago I had gone to Robson Square to take a series of photos for a 360 panorama, and I thought, how great it would be, if I could try using my photos that I took that day to make a photosynth. I had around 200 photos I took, just standing in one spot.
So, yesterday, I made a Photosynth, and today I made a Panorama.
Both of which have their flaws and have their strengths. However, the stairs didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to on the panorama. In the end, I wasn’t able to find a method to correct the issue, and I uploaded the panorama as is. I still like it. That’s the downside of free software, it doesn’t always have the best accuracy.
To finish with tonight’s post, I would now like to share two more stitches using these sets of photos.
Both of these were done with Hugin, another photo stitching software, which I was able to make a “small planet effect.”
Long Exposure during Canada Line Route
Canada Line Route Long Exposure near Yaohan
Here are two shots which I took earlier this week on the Skytrain.
These were taken with my Canon SD790 IS, a pretty standard point and shoot camera, but with a lot of features that I’ve been trying to test out and use. The tunnel was a 1 second long exposure with the camera wedged against the window to reduce shaking. As a result, I was able to get the smooth lines along the curve. The second shot was a 2 second long exposure near Aberdeen Station. Both of these turned out pretty well.
These are from my album which I will be highlighting some previous and future photos that I will take.
I hope you liked these two!
That’s all I have for now.