Film is not dead

After a 8-year hiatus, I’ve started shooting film again and loving it. I’m working on a longer post about digital and film, hopefully I’ll get it published in the next week or two. I came across this set of film canisters and was playing around with the images. I think it’d make a pretty cool poster.

Original photos by Weesen under a Creative Commons license.

Monterey Bay Aquarium











Using Evernote

I previously wrote about how wonderful OneNote is, I still think it mostly holds true, but I’ve switched to Evernote. Both are relatively complex and if you’re looking for a simple easy way to take and sync notes, use Simplenote.

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Monterey Bay Panoramas

We took the girls down to Monterey Bay Aquarium, it is such a beautiful place and a wonderful spring day. A chance to really try out a new bit of software my co-worker Donncha introduced me to, a photo editor by Microsoft called, Image Composite Editor.

ICE does pretty much what it sounds like, image stitching. If you’re running Windows, which oddly enough I am on my home desktop, it is definitely worth trying out. It handles simple panorama stitching easily, but also has some magic. It can auto fill in missing parts of your panorama, I always seem to miss a section of sky, and it works great. ICE can also make panoramas from video.

Check out the panoramas I made, click to get the larger view, the bigger the better!




Happy Easter!

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Three Sheep and the Boy

Small World, a photo exhibit

Chrysler Building, 2001

I started an idea for a photo exhibit over 14 years ago and haven’t done much with it since the initial burst. I cleaned up my photos and came across the original scans I made, all the shots were done on black and white film.

I may or may not add to it down the line, but in the spirit of getting your work out there I’m publishing it now as is, a bit incomplete; but I still like the core idea.

I’ve enjoyed architecture and buildings, when I was younger I wanted to be a draftsmen or architect. After Sept 11 we all realized how fragile these buildings can be. My idea for this exhibit was to print out these huge buildings as small prints you could hold in your hand showing how delicate and fragile they are.

View the Small World exhibit.

Vanishing Point

This reminds me of perspective lessons taught in drawing class; draw building and train tracks to a vanishing point. I’m failing miserably at my street photography challenge but starting to build up some photos for my next project. More on that later.

Ode to Paul Strand

Paul Strand has always been one of my favorite photographers, the above photo of the church is one of my earlier photos, greatly inspired by Strand’s work. I recently picked up the book Paul Strand: Sixty Years of Photographs from the library. It is a wonderful collection of Strand’s work and life which contributed so much to the world of photography, as an art form and a way of expressing one’s self.

The back half of the book outlines his life and travels and includes many quotes and comments from Strand and how he struggled with photography at different points, how to tell stories and even his thoughts on what would make the perfect camera. Strand appears to have been very thoughtful especially when it comes to art. I’ll leave with this quote of his:

“It is not necessary that the world be full of painters, but it should be full of artists, that is to say, of human beings who consciously bring to their work, whatever it may be, the attitude and qualities which we find in the free and spontaneous expression of the child.

It is precisely the problem of education to prevent the atrophy and corruption of these impulses in the growing generations, if ever we are to have a human society which creates life instead of destroying it and itself — which seeks to give rather than possess, which can meet the problems of adult life with feeling and thinking, uncorrupted by conventional, outworn, and regimented patterns”

-Paul Strand, 1932

Two artists, Alexander Melamid and Vitaly Komar based in New York, decided that the principles of market research could be applied to art. Beginning in 1994, they employed pollsters to survey the whole world in order to determine what people most liked to see in a painting.

In ever country – China, France, Kenya, Iceland, Denmark, Turkey, Russia, America and everywhere else – the public wanted the same painting. And this applied to all groups within nations – whites, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, rich and poor. Without exception people voted overwhelmingly for a pastoral scene with a stretch of water and mountains, with a predominantly blue color scheme.

There were a few slight variations. The Danes wanted a ballet dancer by the lake; the Kenyans preferred a hippo.

The most hated type of painting throughout the world: an abstraction with a predominance of red.

End Notes by Bill Jay
From Lens Work, No. 43 Oct-Nov 2002

UCSF Children’s Hospital

My daughter required surgery at the new UCSF Children’s Hospital. The hospital opened just a couple weeks ago; it is an amazing facility with a wonderful staff, so we knew she was in good hands. Surgery took over 3 hours, so to work off our nerves we walked around and I took some pictures.

Everything went well and she did great, you can see the brave patient on our family blog. We’re grateful to have such a world-class hospital near by and for all the warm, wonderful care she got there.

Checking In

Checking In

Building Detail

Building Detail

UCSF Children's Hospital

UCSF Children’s Hospital



Hospital Lobby

Hospital Lobby

Hope. Strength. Love.

Hope. Strength. Love.



Taking a Break

Taking a Break

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