The Google Earth blog had a link to the technology behind Google Maps’ new Street View feature. The technology was created by Immersive Media, and features a camera with eleven lenses arranged in geodesically on a sphere. The camera not only takes still images, but does video as well. Immersive Media has put several demos … Continue reading Immersive Media
Back when I was teaching pinhole photography to seventh grade students, my father-in-law gave me an old Singer Graflex camera that he owned. This is the classic version, seen in use by photojournalists in old movies all the time. I have no idea how old this thing really is, but I believe it still works. … Continue reading Old Singer
Just when I think Google Maps can’t get any more amazing (or scary), they come out with something new. This time it’s "Streetview." Streetview is available for only five cities in the US – Manhattan, Miami, Denver, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. I haven’t checked any foreign cities yet. If you zoom into one of … Continue reading Street View
It has been said that my brothers and I look like triplets. Well, I’ve found a way to have that experience even when they’re not around. I can clone myself, thanks to a free program called Groupshot from Microsoft. Have you ever taken a picture of a group of people, only to find that one … Continue reading Just Call Me “Agent Smith”
After my brief side trip to Freedom Weekend Aloft, I continued my trek southward in search of ghost towns. I had mapped out a series of towns and villages that might be potential targets, starting with Owings, near where I grew up. What I had thought to be abandoned buildings were anything but. When I … Continue reading Ghost Towns – Rethinking a Project
I was just getting started on my trek to look for ghost towns in South Carolina, when I spotted balloons in the air. Freedom Weekend Aloft was in full swing for this Memorial Day weekend, and this year they were holding it in Simpsonville. I figured it was worth a diversion, so I took … Continue reading Freedom Weekend Aloft
Brian: I think the best quote from the movie was “Does he have a plan, or is he just making this up as he goes along?” Me: Are you talking about Jack Sparrow or the scriptwriter? Between the double-triple-quadruple crosses, it was hard to see who was plotting against whom, and what their true motives … Continue reading Confusion at World’s End
Paul had discovered a new (to us) flea market for exploration. It’s been a long time since a county fair has been held on the old Greenville Fair Grounds on White Horse Road. In lieu of the annual fair, the weekly White Horse Flea Market has taken over the old display sheds and grounds.
On this trip, I ditched my big Nikon D50 for the tiny Nikon S50. Wise choice – I was able to get tons of photos without being too obvious. Some are tilted because I shot from the hip, but I was able to get many more usable photos this time around.
I had always bypassed the WHFM because the much, much larger Anderson Jockey Lot was just down the road a few more miles. In this case, size isn’t everything. The amount of diversity, both culturally and in terms of what one can buy at White Horse far exceeds what one might find at the Jockey Lot. The West Side of Greenville has a very high percentage of Hispanics, and that is reflected in what one can find here. You still get the usual flea market weirdness, but with a multi-cultural flare.
Last night we had a retirement party for my friend, colleague, and boss, Dr. Linda Carson. She had been principal of Byrnes High School, and most recently Assistant Superintendent for Administration. Our public relations director wasn’t going to be able to attend, so he asked me to take a few photographs of the event. … Continue reading Big camera = “photographer”
NOTE: This Restaurant is now closed. I spotted Chop’s Cajun Foods on the way home from work one evening when I decided to cut through on Pelham Road. This area is within range for a lunch excursion – just barely. I figured that the eateries in the Duncan are would be full of teachers. Couple … Continue reading Chop’s Cajun Foods