Archive | October 2010

WHAT I LEARNED TODAY

You may remember coming home from school and your parents asking you, “What did you learn today?” Your monotonous response was one that would make them chuckle: “Nothing.” I think your answer may have been on par.

The school system has become so diluted with useless and uninteresting assignments and goals that now, I can sit down with my laptop for a few hours and consume a greater amount of knowledge than I would acquire through a weeks worth of classes. I’ll spell this out with personal experience over the last two days.

What I learned yesterday in school:

  • How Abe Lincoln used biblical references in his second inaugural speech.
  • ***How to journalize accounting documents.***
  • ***How to make planning (an ‘event’ in particular) more efficient.***

This is quite honestly all I can remember learning yesterday. Three items after a great amount of thought is all I am able to conjure. Is this not a problem? The starred bullets signify that I find the corresponding information will be useful in the future. Some say preparing for the future is the point of school (a concept I cannot follow, but that is another conversation). Anyway– two bits of knowledge to be applied in the future. Let’s see how that stacks up against what I learned today without attending school.

What I learned today at home:

  • ***How the current economy and society view success.***
  • ***How to discern the implied success of outside influences and personal happiness.***
  • ***A different way of viewing disability.***
  • ***A different way of viewing the female form.***
  • ***How fear is provided to children by adults.***
  • ***The lack of wisdom + unique experience in society.***
  • ***How acts of compassion connect people.***
  • The swimming patterns of large fish.
  • ***The science behind romantic + physical love.***
  • ***Gender differences in the brain.***
  • ***Morality statistics of foreign nations.***
  • ***Healthcare in foreign nations.***
  • ***How to increase the availability of information.***
  • ***The extremity of the change in photography.***
  • ***How to participate in and create social art.***
  • ***The effectiveness of trial + error in business.***
  • ***How to follow a bold path to the top.***

Clearly a much longer list. Again, information usable in the future is starred, making 94% of what I learned today–compared to 66% of yesterday–useful, interesting, expandable knowledge.

But you may wonder how exactly I came about these topics. All of the learning I did today was out of podcasts, blogs, and live web seminars. In short, the internet. This proves the ideas found in Linchpin, which describe the school system’s loss of relevance. Before the internet and before you could look up trivial information on Wikipedia and be engaged in conversation via the TED podcast, a high school was a fine place for one to participate with to expand knowledge.

The internet being the incredible learning tool it is, give the school system three options. One: step aside and allow the internet full control of education. Two: try to stomp down on the internet, banning it from education altogether. Three: Incorporate the greatness of the internet into the bland, traditional, uninspiring, uncreative curriculum. Without state-regulated infrastructure, and measurable progress, option one is impossible. And the web is not leaving anytime soon, so option two is impossible as well. Therefore–it is essential for the benefit of the students–that the internet–specifically social media education–is fused into the classroom.

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LANDSCAPE SHOTS AREN’T MY BAG BABY

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist quoting Austin Powers. The reason that is relevant is that I have been working on landscape-y photographs lately–not my thing. Too much information, too much reliance on natural light, and too much use of a tripod. When I am unable to throw a hunky model, as I did in my last post, into the frame it makes me a bit nervous. But hey, if you’re comfortable you don’t grow.

Plus, I might be the only person who would ever buy and hang a portrait of someone I have never met. So, as I have a couple small local hanging and selling opportunities coming up this year, I have been working on subject matter that is a bit more generally accepted as product. A bunch I have been working on lately:

MICHAEL @ APPLE HILL

[Canon XS w/18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens @ 18mm. f/3.5. 1/4000sec. ISO 200]

Michael and I walked up Apple Hill, which overlooks part of Bantam Lake, last weekend. I shot him and the landscape, and him in the landscape. I’m posting the portraits for now and I’ll follow up with the landscape-y pictures… along with other nature and landscape shots I have been putting together lately as the beginnings of a gallery hanging.

[Canon XS w/18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens @ 18mm. f/5. 1/640sec. ISO 100]

[Canon XS w/18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens @ 18mm. f/5. 1/1250sec. ISO 100]

[Canon XS w/18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens @ 18mm. f/3.5. 1/2500sec. ISO 200]

[Canon XS w/75-300mm 4-5.6 lens @ 140mm. f/5. 1/500sec. ISO 200]

NO EXCUSES

I saw No Excuses (Facebook page) on Saturday night playing some awesome music, and celebrating Taryn’s (singer) 21st birthday *shout out*. Here are some pictures from the bar:

I watched a short movie about National Geographic photographers on Netflix and one photog said he enjoys working in low light situations that way it is clear that his photographs are not snapshots. Snapshots aren’t made at 1/2 of a second.

FIRST 10K

To the dislike of my hard drives I have been moving around massive amounts of files over the past few days. My goal is to have complete and searchable archives of all of my pictures with Aperture. Which means I am moving files from iPhoto 05 to iPhoto 09 to Aperture 3. Anyways I just finished organizing an Aperture library of the first 10,000 pictures I took though a serious approach to photography. I sifted through each archived month and grabbed a few to re-edit and post here.

February 2008: Blaise at diving practice.

February 2008: Blaise at diving practice.

February 2008: Blaise in the snow.

April 2008: Drive-by landscape in Arizona.

April 2008: Nick with a hit.

April 2008: Hot air balloon aerial.

April 2008: Hot air balloon aerial.

April 2008: Hot air balloon aerial.

April 2008: Hot air balloon aerial.

April 2008: Hot air balloon aerial.

April 2008: Looking up into the top of the hot air balloon.

June 2008: Jetty in East Dennis, MA.

December 2008: Pete taking his hammer to the lens.

January 2009: Blaise leaping off some rocks.

July 2009: Sunset at the jetty in East Dennis, MA.

July 2009: Blaise skidding in his go-kart.

Turns out a lot of my first ten thousand pictures were of Blaise. Thanks bud.