Monthly Archives: August 2008

Barack Obama’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention

This is an excellent web presentation with three columns: video, transcript, and section jumps. Clicking on a section jump moves the transcript and the video to that place. Beautifully done. All important speeches need this treatment and they’ve given it to what I consider an even more important speech Obama gave in Philadelphia on race during the primaries: Obama’s Speech on Race.

[via Jon Moss]

Panorama from the Democratic Party in Denver

QuickTime Panorama from the DNC in Denver

It looks to me like Obama’s idea of having a rally in a big stadium instead of a convention center paid off. The place was packed and the energy was high. This photograph captures a bit of it. Note that it was done with a Canon XSi and a Sigma 8mm f3.5 circular fisheye lens. It was four shots around on a custom rig with the camera set to ISO 1600 and aperture priority metering. Nice image(s).

[via Jon Moss]

Women Are Heros Project

Women Are Heroes is a photographic project by a French photographer, “JR” that depicts women in Kenya, South Sudan, Sierra-Leone, Liberia, Brazil, and soon India, Cambodia, and Laos with large scale architectural installations of photographs.

The Big Picture has captured some of this work in Brazil: Scenes from Rio de Janeiro.

The first, third, and fourth photographs in the set show this work in place in Rio.

The French photographer identified as JR is launching a project called “Women Are Heroes”, through which the photographs of women, relatives of the victims of clashes between the police and drug traffickers, were placed in the facades of the houses. This project already took place in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Liberia, and will be taken to India, Cambodia, Laos and Morocco after Brazil.

David Pogue on the new Nikon D90

New Nikon Holds a Secret

But don’t knock Live View. It, after all, is the key to the breakthrough feature of the D90, the secret that turns it into a completely new kind of recording instrument. Ready?

The D90 is the first S.L.R. in the world that can record video.

High-definition video, at that. Stunning, vivid, 720p, widescreen, 1024-by-720, 24-frames-per-second video, with the color and clarity that only an S.L.R. can provide.

Evidently, it occurred to some engineer: “Hey, we’re already showing a video image. Isn’t that, in essence, what Live View is? Maybe we could figure out a way to record it!”

Pogue’s review, while aimed at consumers, not camera geeks, is a pleasure to read and whether or not recording HD video is important to you, it’s a marketing coup by Nikon.

[via Gary Sharp]

Canon EOS 50D announced

Canon announced a new DSLR: Canon EOS 50D.

Those of us waiting for a new 5D can probably read the fine print of what’s new in the 50D for a hint on what might be coming in the new 5D. Some of it looks great, some of it looks scary to me, specifically packing too many pixels into a sensor creating images that are less clean than they might be otherwise.

Canon seems to be using their Digic processor to clean up the noise caused by too many pixels packed too tightly but in fact, the best way to handle this would be to put less pixels on the sensor and give up some resolution for the sake of image quality.

DP Review has a preliminary review: Canon EOS 50D Preview.

Beijing 2008 – It’s a wrap

The Big Picture has a great collection of images of the 2008 Olympics in China: Beijing 2008 – It’s a wrap.

Notice that unlike many of the collections circulating around the web these days, these pictures are copyrighted and the photographers who took them are cited.

Tip for people passing collections of great images around stripped of their copyright and citation information: don’t. I recommend not linking to those collections and don’t forward emails with urls to those collections. The less they get page rank the earlier they will die. Those photographs originated somewhere and that’s where you want to link.

Picking wild blueberries on Fiddler’s Pond

Bill picking blueberries on Fiddler's pond

Warren, Connecticut. My friend Bill Lauf and I got up early and hit the pond (more like a swamp) before most people were done with their coffee. Our mission: blueberry picking.

He’d picked from the shore but said there were a ton only accessible by kayak. I had the kayaks but didn’t know where the berries were. Teamwork brought us each about a half gallon of fantastic, wild blueberries. Now, if Anne will only make a pie…

Bill picking blueberries from kayak

Great Olympic moments on YouTube

Jason Kottke has assembled a wonderful collection of Great Olympic moments on YouTube.

I had forgotten how amazing Olga Korbut’s uneven parallel bar performance was at the time. It still looks amazing today even though there are harder routines done.

Kerri Strug’s gold medal vault on a sprained ankle is another amazing (and tear jerking) performance.

Great stuff, nice to think back.