June, 2008 Archives

Seeing Double At Beer Historic Place

The Reason We Have No Automatic Weapons

The Bridge Beat A Hasty Retreat

June 27th, 2008 Permalink

Experimental photo. The focal length was changed during a long exposure, to give two images of the bridge with light trails connecting them.

The Bridge Beat A Hasty Retreat

Experimental photo. The focal length was changed during a long exposure, to give two images of the bridge with light trails connecting them.

2008 Challenge, Week 26: The Sentinel

June 26th, 2008 Permalink

Week 26 of the 2008 Challenge. This piece of public art is a relatively new figurative replica of a former statue located on the same site until 1940. It is assumed the original was sacrificed to the war effort, but others say it may have blown over in a storm. Modified from the original as […]

The Sentinel

Week 26 of the 2008 Challenge.
This piece of public art is a relatively new figurative replica of a former statue located on the same site until 1940.
It is assumed the original was sacrificed to the war effort, but others say it may have blown over in a storm.
Modified from the original as it appeared in historical photos, the statue is intended to reflect the sensibility of turn of the century art which would fit with the architecture of the immediate surroundings.
Located at Park Place and Washington Avenue in Point Richmond.

Having So Much Fun

June 26th, 2008 Permalink

Trevor Carpenter’s July Challenge is just around the corner! Next month, the challenge participants will be shooting a different lighting fixture every day. This is always a great subject to shoot, and there is no shortage of the subject matter. Make sure you check out the July Challenge blog post and tag your challenge photos […]

Having So Much Fun

Trevor Carpenter’s July Challenge is just around the corner! Next month, the challenge participants will be shooting a different lighting fixture every day.

This is always a great subject to shoot, and there is no shortage of the subject matter.

Make sure you check out the July Challenge blog post and tag your challenge photos so that they can be found. Now get out there and shoot!

Dear Hero In Prison

June 25th, 2008 Permalink

Dear Hero In Prison

Everything's My Fault

Zooomr Gets More Awesome

June 25th, 2008 Permalink

This morning, photo sharing site Zooomr rolled out some new features, improving their already excellent photo sharing experience. The navigation bar at the top of the screen is now much cleaner, and includes drop-down menus for accessing features: Discover has undergone some major changes as well. The algorithm has been tuned to better represent shots […]

This morning, photo sharing site Zooomr rolled out some new features, improving their already excellent photo sharing experience.

The navigation bar at the top of the screen is now much cleaner, and includes drop-down menus for accessing features:
Drop-down menus

Discover has undergone some major changes as well. The algorithm has been tuned to better represent shots that are truly awesome. Discover is now paged as well, so you can see more than just the first 100 photos that show up. There are also alternate Discover views available, including Pro and Undiscovered. The Undiscovered view is particularly nice because it allows you to find photographers that you have not yet interacted with. Here’s an example of some of the great shots that I found using Undiscovered:

Undiscovered

The latest release of Zooomr has introduced the idea of “Awards”. Many users on Zooomr have been tagging their photos with “fav10″ when they get 10 faves from other users. The Zooomr team have taken this idea a step further by automatically adding an award tag when photos get 10 faves. All the awards given to a photo will show up under the “Awards” section to the right of the photo. Awards are just tags, so they can be used to create SmartSets and can be used in searches:

Awards

Another recent feature is the ability to share a photo on popular social networking sites with a single click. Underneath each photo is a “Share this with Friends” section that lets you send the photo to Facebook, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Pownce, and more. This is a great way to leverage the social aspect of photography:
Sharing

In addition to these very obvious changes, the Zooomr team has been improving the back-end processes that keep the site going. The last few months have seen substantial improvements in the speed and reliability of the site. Uploads are now working as expected. The API is working, which allows third-party applications such as JUploadr to work with the site again. The site is smoother and faster overall.

Thanks to Kristopher and the Zooomr Team for all the hard work! Zooomr is getting more awesome all the time!

This Loveless Fascination

Vibrato

June 23rd, 2008 Permalink

Vibrato