I was testing my new Sony NEX-F3 camera yesterday and took these photographs of Elandsgracht in Amsterdam. (Click the photos to enlarge.)
From its YouTube intro:
“After experiencing burnout during his film career, Mike Sandejas’ lost passion for filmmaking was revived when he started working pro-bono on a local television show made in the small city in Bataan, Philippines. Starring local teens singing about their real lives, Mike put his own career on hold and focused on making the dreams of others come true.”
I took these photographs as part of our assignment to capture horizontal lines in waterscapes, which I did by using a lot of bridge railings as frames. Featured are the Amsterdam canals that the city is known for.
John Wihbey, managing editor of Journalist Resource, came up with a list of 10 academic papers on social media published in 2012, which I think is worth sharing.
The list, though, according to Wihbey, “is meant to be useful, not definitive. Missing from this list is a lot of great scholarship, including analysis of bullying in a networked world, as well as much more on how social media is changing the way we participate in politics.”
The 10 papers, as listed on the Nieman Journalism Lab:
- “Who Gives a Tweet? Evaluating Microblog Content Value”: Paper from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, the University of Southampton, and Georgia Tech for the Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference.
- “Structural Diversity in Social Contagion”: Study from Cornell University and Facebook published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- “Tweeting Is Believing? Understanding Microblog Credibility Perceptions”: Paper from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research for the Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference.
- “News and the Overloaded Consumer: Factors Influencing Information Overload Among News Consumers”: Study from the University of Texas at Austin published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
- “Misplaced Confidences: Privacy and the Control Paradox”: Study from Carnegie Mellon published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.
- “A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization”: Study from the University of California, San Diego, and Facebook, published in Nature.
- “Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give”: Report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
- “Competition Among Memes in a World with Limited Attention”: Study from Indiana University and Northeastern University published in Scientific Reports.
- “Critical Questions for Big Data”: Paper from Microsoft Research, New York University, Berkman Center, University of New South Wales published in Information, Communication & Society.
- Various studies on global protest, the Arab Spring. A lot of new research has focused on social media tools used in the service of protest and political activism in challenging circumstances.
Please click here to read more about the listing.
This is my attempt at telling a story through pictures …
A visit to Paris would definitely not be complete without the Eiffel Tower in one’s itinerary. On our first day in the city, my friends and I went there for yet another photo shoot. It was early evening and the place was teeming with tourists taking pictures. Having the camera frame all for ourselves proved to be really difficult, as passersby kept on appearing in our photos.
On our way back to the hotel, we saw this side street that still gives a nice view of the well-lit tower. We took out my friend’s SLR camera and tripod once again, waited until no more vehicles were passing, and hurriedly took the following photos:
My comment: I think these photographs would not be able to tell a clear story on their own without the explanation I provided. Or would the post’s title, or an improvement of it, suffice?
I was reading this article about the rise of mobile photography in 2012 and was suprised to know that this cover photo of Time magazine’s issue on hurricane Sandy was taken with just an iPhone.
Ben Lowy, the photographer behind this photo and a number of other iPhone snapshots that made him this year’s recipient of the International Center of Photography’s prestigious Infinity Award for Photojournalism, seems to address my surprise when he was quoted in the article as saying:
“Most people from, say, Oklahoma … don’t really have a connection to something like Libya. Just like most people didn’t have a connection to what was happening during Sandy. And when you show someone pictures from Afghanistan or Iraq, and you say that you took them with a 35 millimeter [camera] … there’s no real kinship there. But if you say ‘Well, actually what I used to take these pictures is the same tool you have in your pocket, that you photographed your cat with, or your kids or your brunch,’ then, all of a sudden, there’s a real connection!”
I’ve had my share of these so-called smartphones but I’m still one of those who haven’t really made extensive use of these gadgets’ photo (or video) feature. I don’t know the reason why, but when traveling, for example, I would still make it a point that I have my digital camera with me. (Could it be that I still have this notion that a phone is just for calling and texting?)
I have used a phone cam, of course. And reading the abovementioned article, in fact, gave me an idea to post some photos I’ve taken with my Sony Xperia S. Looking at them now, I think they are not as bad as I’d always thought they were — especially the first one, which I’d consider as one of the better photographs I’ve posted here so far.
I took this photo last autumn, on my way to the wet market
This is a shot of the Queen’s Palace in Amsterdam in spring
Our first snowfall this winter. I took it at around 7 a.m. while waiting for the bus
Taken while waiting for the train at Schiphol Airport
And when I lost my house keys and couldn’t get into my apartment
Wouldn’t it be nice if mobile photography is added to our lessons?