Calling all Canberra photographers!

By 13 February, 2012 27

31 March, 2012
6:00 pmto11:00 pm

canberra reflections

Its official , Saturday 31st March 2012, Australian nationwide mobile photography photo walk & Canberra photo walk

Calling ALL Australian photographers. At 7am (AEDT) there will be an official Google+ photo walk in capital city, and some regional cities all over Australia. The event will receive national coverage from Channel7′s Weekend Sunrise program and will feature every half hour photo’s that we have taken. The nation wide walk will officially finish at the end of the Weekend Sunrise program at 10am (AEDT).

Canberra route and details coming soon – check back here closer to the event.

I encourage everyone to take their mobile phone cameras with them and post the photos to their Google+ streams using the hash tag #TheWalkDownunder

Not on Google + then visit https://plus.google.com/up/start/ and sign up

Registration form
The following link is your link to register for the walks
https://plus.google.com/u/0/108492526126263806887/posts/Dnvg7a47sRh

Questions? - Forward any questions you may have to Martin Ollman – http://gplus.to/techosapien

Please login to post your comments
27 Responses to Calling all Canberra photographers!
#1
Ben_Dover4:18 pm, 13 Feb 12

Ben_Dover said :

Questions? – Forward any questions you may have to Martin Ollman

I have a question. What the hell are you talking about?

#2
martyo4:36 pm, 13 Feb 12

Ben_Dover said :

martyo said :

Questions? – Forward any questions you may have to Martin Ollman

I have a question. What the hell are you talking about?

LOL – it’s all the rage!

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them. So lot’s of clever and creative people are using them more and more to capture amazing images – these walks are all about human interaction, getting to know people in your community with like minded interests etc…in this case Photography. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills.

Also…despite everybody bagging out Google+ for being late to the social network craze – they have actually managed to entice most of the worlds photographers to the network – and it is producing some amazing collaborations and connections – see http://plusonecollection.com/

#3
SnapperJack4:41 pm, 13 Feb 12

“Canberra route and details coming soon”

First stop the War Memorial, next stop the National Library, next stop Parliament House . . .

Yawn.

#4
martyo4:52 pm, 13 Feb 12

SnapperJack said :

“Canberra route and details coming soon”

First stop the War Memorial, next stop the National Library, next stop Parliament House . . .

Yawn.

Nope – quite the opposite actually. Some fantastic new development in Canberra in recent years – we will be getting off the well worn tourist paths, that’s for sure. I thought that way to until recently – then I got of my backside and started exploring. I’m still finding amazing pictures everywhere I look :-)

#5
p14:59 pm, 13 Feb 12

I gave googleplus a look back when it first came out. I liked several of the features, only really drawback being that no one else I know was on it. A little while ago I tried logging in and couldn’t work out how the damn thing worked any more. :(

#6
JonahBologna8:33 am, 14 Feb 12

I don’t know why anyone would want to give that terrible TV show free content.

#7
Keijidosha9:17 am, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them. So lot’s of clever and creative people are using them more and more to capture amazing images – these walks are all about human interaction, getting to know people in your community with like minded interests etc…in this case Photography. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills.

Practicing and improving your photography skills by using a smart phone is like improving your driving skills by playing video games.

#8
mossrocket9:18 am, 14 Feb 12

Wow – A chance to put quality content onto Channel 7′s weekend Sunrise – and put Canberra onto the map…
If we show the beauty of this place without showing the same old, same old, tourist traps, we will do our city a service…
plus, Canberra at 7am is awesome – hope it’s foggy for some nice ambience

#9
Mysteryman9:59 am, 14 Feb 12

This sounds pretty awesome.

#10
phototext10:05 am, 14 Feb 12

“Practicing and improving your photography skills by using a smart phone is like improving your driving skills by playing video games.”

Seeing (pun intended) as composition and light are pretty important elements of a good photograph, a smart phone does make a good tool for improving your photographic skills.

A lot of cameras in smart phones these days have many more options/ functions to a Polaroid SX-70 and the SX-70 was very capable of creating fabulous photographs.

Anyway, the camera is secondary to the person holding the camera. An expensive camera doesn’t = good results, a good photographer = good results.

#11
phototext10:08 am, 14 Feb 12

Nice one Martin.

Love the reflection image.

#12
Jivrashia10:18 am, 14 Feb 12

Channel 7 is affiliated with Yahoo, which is a rival to Google.

I smell something fishy here…

#13
johnboy10:21 am, 14 Feb 12

Jivrashia said :

Channel 7 is affiliated with Yahoo, which is a rival to Google.

I smell something fishy here…

Well you’d think 7 would be looking for a better online partner, and it’s not like google has a house channel.

#14
steveu11:02 am, 14 Feb 12

Great pic Mollman. And a worthwhile exercise, IMHO – to capture the Canberra of today for those in the future. This place is changing so much on a daily basis, the more pix we have of Canberra today the better.

#15
martyo11:16 am, 14 Feb 12

Keijidosha said :

martyo said :

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them. So lot’s of clever and creative people are using them more and more to capture amazing images – these walks are all about human interaction, getting to know people in your community with like minded interests etc…in this case Photography. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills.

Practicing and improving your photography skills by using a smart phone is like improving your driving skills by playing video games.

Keijidosha – that’s changing rapidly – lot’s of people suddenly have decent camera’s without even really realsing it – a new photographic genre is forming iPhoneography – I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

#16
davo10111:27 am, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

Keijidosha – that’s changing rapidly – lot’s of people suddenly have decent camera’s without even really realsing it – a new photographic genre is forming iPhoneography – I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

+1. There is so much more to the art of photography than the technicalities of capturing the image. I like the stuff taken by people using rubbish Russian cameras.

#17
Keijidosha11:50 am, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

The argument that you’re making only serves to prove my point. However, rather than drag this discussion into a pointless argument I’ll wish the participants in this event all the best and move on.

#18
Ben_Dover12:01 pm, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

LOL – it’s all the rage!

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them.

I don’t have one. I have a Canon 60D though.

#19
Mysteryman12:34 pm, 14 Feb 12

Keijidosha said :

martyo said :

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them. So lot’s of clever and creative people are using them more and more to capture amazing images – these walks are all about human interaction, getting to know people in your community with like minded interests etc…in this case Photography. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills.

Practicing and improving your photography skills by using a smart phone is like improving your driving skills by playing video games.

I think that’s pretty far from true.

I think the most important element of capturing a great image is having an eye for it (seeing the shot before it’s taken). Second is being in the right place at the right time. Good equipment is very helpful but there are loads of great images being made with less than stellar cameras. Any camera can help practice the honing of the eye in the search for good shots. And a small, portable camera can make being in the right place at the right time much easier.

#20
RiotFrog1:17 pm, 14 Feb 12

Mysteryman said :

Good equipment is very helpful but there are loads of great images being made with less than stellar cameras. Any camera can help practice the honing of the eye in the search for good shots. And a small, portable camera can make being in the right place at the right time much easier.

Couldn’t agree more. Your camera really doesn’t matter: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm

And a modest example (of mine), taken down at Weston Park on the weekend, using a phone camera: http://situlalux.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/painted-with-light.html

#21
johnboy1:24 pm, 14 Feb 12

in ideal conditions the camera doesn’t matter much.

but when the subject is moving and the light is low the quality of the camera most certainly comes into play.

#22
astrojax1:28 pm, 14 Feb 12

Ben_Dover said :

martyo said :

LOL – it’s all the rage!

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them.

I don’t have one. I have a Canon 60D though.

can i txt you on that?

but as others have noted, a camera is a box with a hole in it. the skill of photography is in the vision of the photographer (then sometimes having particular equipment to enact that vision – but mostly not needed) that said, i still miss dark rooms and real film [ok, i know photoaccess exists - just my 'access' to it given life's pressures makes it essentially untenable...]

what is google plus, but? can someone help out an old luddite?

#23
Amanda Hugankis1:37 pm, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

Ben_Dover said :

Amanda Hugankis said :

Questions? – Forward any questions you may have to Martin Ollman

I have a question. What the hell are you talking about?

LOL – it’s all the rage!

These new fancy phones everybody has – actually have amazing cameras in them. So lot’s of clever and creative people are using them more and more to capture amazing images – these walks are all about human interaction, getting to know people in your community with like minded interests etc…in this case Photography. Often the aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills.

Also…despite everybody bagging out Google+ for being late to the social network craze – they have actually managed to entice most of the worlds photographers to the network – and it is producing some amazing collaborations and connections – see http://plusonecollection.com/

I’m not sure that ‘most of the world’s photographers’ are on Google+ … but I understand many are. However, I can’t stand the bloody thing … and yes, I’ve persisted in trying to navigate it, figure it out, make it useful to me, but all it does it piss me off and in the end, I don’t have the time in my day to ‘figure out a website’ ……. plus, it thinks its clever and wants to link up to everything else. Then again, I just hate social networking full-stop .. its not how I conduct my IRL relationships, so I find it foreign and irritating.

However … iPhoneography, for what its worth (and want of a better word), is definitely gaining groundswell. I’ve been taking and editing photos for around 2 years now, using my iPhone 3GS and seeing how far I can push the device and the apps you can download to edit your photos. I’ve loved it … its got me out of the house, its got me seeing the world around me through new eyes and the best thing is – its always with me (as the saying goes, about which camera is the best).

As for those that don’t see it as ‘real’ photography … well, I get really tired of ‘real’ photography only being something that people can gain access to if they have plenty of money to purchase the gear. All that gear and such doesn’t necessarily make for a better photograph … it is the photographer. I like the idea that iPhoneography opens that up to everyone … but I can see how some ‘photographers’ wouldn’t like it ;)

To see what can be done with a mobile phone camera and associated apps, click on some of these links … there really is some beauty to be found here, by amateur and professional photographers alike.

http://web.stagram.com/n/ampt (quite a few aussies are members of this group – check out @kungfuroll, @bindyboo, @nickwhite73, @k8karsten). All photos strictly taken with a mobile phone.

http://pixelsatanexhibition.com/ – this is an international site that showcases iPhoneography and combines it with real-life exhibitions and art sales (US based) from contributors to the online site.

#24
EvanJames2:54 pm, 14 Feb 12

astrojax said :

what is google plus, but? can someone help out an old luddite?

It’s a rather lame version of facebook, but it’s useful if facebook is blocked where you work! A few people left facebook in high dudgeon, declaring FB was BAD and they were off to Google+ which is for more intelligent people (and I notice a few people who woudln’t go near FB on Google+) but after a while, they came creeping back to FB as they got lonely and bored at Google+. That’s the potted version.

#25
Disinformation4:09 pm, 14 Feb 12

martyo said :

I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

That’s kind of meaningless. Artists create with the tools that they have. Sure, anyone with a camera can capture images. Smartphones can capture decent enough general image quality. As soon as conditions are mediocre or the action starts, smartphones quickly lose out and the more capable cameras appear. I’ve seen professional photographers (and not so professional) create some really nice work with smartphones. However, none of them use them for professional work.
There’s a reason for that. They’re just not flexible or capable enough. While they’re phones, they never will be. What they will always be is the camera that you’re most likely to have with you. That is their overwhelming advantage.

#26
c_c5:04 pm, 14 Feb 12

Disinformation said :

martyo said :

I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

That’s kind of meaningless. Artists create with the tools that they have. Sure, anyone with a camera can capture images. Smartphones can capture decent enough general image quality. As soon as conditions are mediocre or the action starts, smartphones quickly lose out and the more capable cameras appear. I’ve seen professional photographers (and not so professional) create some really nice work with smartphones. However, none of them use them for professional work.
There’s a reason for that. They’re just not flexible or capable enough. While they’re phones, they never will be. What they will always be is the camera that you’re most likely to have with you. That is their overwhelming advantage.

Oh so small minded and arrogant but above all stupid. Saying “they never will be” is just stupid.
3 years ago people didn’t see dSLRs being used for film making. Now there’s a couple of hacked dSLRs out there that shoot video as good as the Red One. 5 years ago people didn’t see phones as more than talk/text devices, now they’re used for internet more than a phone call. 10 years ago people didn’t see digital cameras replacing film or pro bodies costing less than $20,000, now you can buy them for $3000. 20 years ago, people didn’t see kids taking tablets to school or a families having a computer and a TV each.

Trying to make grand statements predicting the future is fool hardy at the best of times. Trying to do it when you’re ignoring history is silly.

#27
watto235:10 pm, 14 Feb 12

Disinformation said :

martyo said :

I challenge you to tell the difference between a DLSR/SLR photography and one taken by an iPhone – take a look http://www.flickr.com/groups/iphoneography/ & http://www.iphoneography.com/

That’s kind of meaningless. Artists create with the tools that they have. Sure, anyone with a camera can capture images. Smartphones can capture decent enough general image quality. As soon as conditions are mediocre or the action starts, smartphones quickly lose out and the more capable cameras appear. I’ve seen professional photographers (and not so professional) create some really nice work with smartphones. However, none of them use them for professional work.
There’s a reason for that. They’re just not flexible or capable enough. While they’re phones, they never will be. What they will always be is the camera that you’re most likely to have with you. That is their overwhelming advantage.

Yeah while the cameras in phones are more than capable, if you gave a camera phone to a novice and a pro, the pro would get a better pic than the novice. Give them both a dSLR and nthe pro would get a better pic than their cameraphone shot. The novice is likely to get a similar photo.

As soon as the light starts to fade a cameraphone/compact camera becomes next to useless, for decent photos.

Having said that I’m just as bemused by the debates had over camera brands. Far less difference there compared to cameraphone vs dSLR.

Advertisement
GET PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
Advertisement

Halloween in Australia?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

IMAGES OF CANBERRA

Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.