An Archaic Tool Of Communication

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I took this photo of an old projector in the Beat Generation exhibit at the Pompidou Centre in Paris last week. One of the projects of the Beat artists, so I am told, was to use the tools of modernity in the process of critiquing modernity.

I am not doing that. I just want to see if this version of Open Live Writer (an open source version of the long-dead-but-beloved-by-me Windows Live Writer) does what I want it to do. Shall I use this new-old tool to return to my old-new tool?

Let’s see if this worked.

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Disneyland’s “Paint The Night” Parade As You’ve Never Seen It Before!

The “Paint The Night” parade at Disneyland is an updated Electrical Parade, with the same bouncy synth music you might recognize, but laid beneath some other Disney music. It is a big, flashy, fun, and most importantly, colourful, show.

I told Emily I would be photographing it in black & white. For funsies. I’m full of whim and funsies. She thought I was joking.

But I would never joke about such a radical artistic vision as…not recording colour!

 

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Doesn’t it look cool?

Oh, fine. Here are some colour pictures from the second show we happened to see while crossing Main Street later that night. Reds and blues and greens and yellows…

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Nah. Monochromatic parade photography forever!

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Hiking Pictures Part Whatever

I’ve been going out on morning hikes for a couple of months now, mostly as a way to practice taking pictures of things that don’t move very fast, like mountains and rocks and trees. Children, I’ve learned, move very fast. Strangers move even faster when you run at them with a camera and yell “YOU LOOK VERY INTERESTING CAN I TAKE YOUR PICTURE PLEASE STOP I’M CARRYING ALL THIS CAMERA EQUIPMENT AND IT’S VERY HEAVY I CAN’T RUN AS FAST AS YOU!”

I like taking pictures. I need things to stand still so I can take a picture of it.

For instance, here’s a tree. I liked this tree, because it looked weird.

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And here’s another tree. I liked this tree, because I looked weirdly up at it.

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Here’s a small brook. I slowed my shutter speed down a lot to make the water look all smokey. (Photography!)

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Here’s a rock, on a mountain, overlooking a valley. The rock was very orange. That’s certainly worth a picture!

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Here is a lookout. You’re supposed to stand on it and look out at the valley and at a waterfall that is usually falling away just beside it. But there’s a drought on, so how about a picture OF the lookout? You won’t get these kinds of shots from your run-of-the-mill nature and landscape photographer.

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This picture proves that I was outside at some point in the past. I’m an adventurous photographer. I’m not like these other guys, who sit around in their offices all day, photoshopping pictures to make it look like they went outside. No way. I’m the real deal.

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