Archive for September, 2009

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Google World Domination Pt. 876: Google Wave (launching tomorrow)

September 29, 2009

GWLogoI was fortunate enough to be part of the initial roll-out of Google Voice (f.k.a. Grand Central) and found it a wonderfully helpful tool.  Now… Google’s latest offering – Google Wave attempts to take the best of Facebook Status Update, Twitter Posts, and EMail… stick ’em in a blender, add some steroids and hopefully we’ll find ourselves with a whole new way to communicate.  The product begins its availability to the public tomorrow.

Wave touts the ability to have multiple conversations simultaneously, with many participants.  You can involve other Wave users in your conversation as you see fit, and can include multi-media, games, maps, etc.

The first round of participants will likely be those close with Google or those first signing up on the list who are willing to do bug reporting for Google.  But take this change to sign up nowHERE

Google Wave User Interface

Google Wave User Interface

For Google’s latest official announcement on Wave:  CLICK HERE

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IMAGES: The flooding of the South East (via The Big Picture)

September 25, 2009

An astounding photo gallery from the always incredible The Big Picture (boston.com)

CLICK HERE to see the full gallery.

A roller coaster at Six Flags of Georgia Amusement Park is flooded on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 in Austell, Ga. Several days of heavy rain has flooded parts of the Atlanta area. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A roller coaster at Six Flags of Georgia Amusement Park is flooded on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 in Austell, Ga. Several days of heavy rain has flooded parts of the Atlanta area. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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LINKS: Wade Heninger / Penn Olson / DIY Photography

September 24, 2009

I believe in giving back… or something to that effect.  I subscribe to hundreds of photography sites, ranging from image galleries, to tutorial sites, to marketing sites.  As often as I can, I’ll pass along some of them to you.  I’ll do my best to recommend site which are potentially “off the beaten path”.  Check ’em out:

Wade Heninger – Photoblog & Lightroom addict (like myself).  A Seattle based photog… his Lightroom Tuesday posts are fantastic for LR users.

Penn Olson – Marketing Strategies.  An invaluable resource for anyone who finds themselves needing to self-market their services or products.  Not strictly photography related, but fascinating and well written.  Until you can hire your own PR/Ad agency… read Penn Olson.

DIYPhotography.net – I am two things (among many, I suppose), a family man who has a multitude of demands on my paycheck; and, a photographer.  Looking to balance these two things, I look to DIYPhotography.net to help me get/make  the gear I need, at the best possible price (e.g. really, really cheap).  If you’re even slightly handy, you’ll find all sorts of solutions that won’t force you to take out a second mortgage on your house.

Have links that you’d like me to check out and post — yes… even if it’s your site/blog (we love self-marketing here!) — post them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter: @gh_photography

Until next time…

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A View from the Pier…

September 21, 2009

On a recent walk up the Santa Monica Pier… some of the simple wonders:

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Big Dreams…

September 21, 2009

When you live in or around Los Angeles (like other cities frequented by visitors), you tend to avoid the “touristy” areas whenever possible.  The only time you tend to visit these places is when you yourself are playing tour-guide to visiting family and friends — which I had the pleasure of doing this weekend.

Down in Santa Monica, on the promenade was a young man and his mother and their small audio-setup.  He was dressed to impress and she was acting every bit the manager I’m sure she hoped to be some day.  The din of the crowd and the other performers with larger, more powerful, sound-systems made it hard for this kid to be heard… but he just kept belting out the classic R & B for those who cared to listen.

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Shooting with Available Light – a.k.a. shooting on the cheap

September 21, 2009

I’ve made it my mission to try and post articles that skew towards photographers of my standing — ones with love of the profession, but maybe not with endless funds for top-tier equipment and sessions.  This [re]post is definitely up that alley.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE:  “Shooting with Available Light – Lifestyle Portraiture

Another great post from DPS written by and featuring the photos of Véronique da Silva.

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Capturing great FALL COLORS!

September 18, 2009

From the always wonderful folks over at Digital Photography School:

Some simple yet really effective tips for capturing great fall color:  CLICK HERE