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Great day today at the train museum in Sacramento. Looks like first people to post are using “trainmuseum” or “sacramento” as the tag over on Flickr. Here’s the ones from the tag “trainmuseum.”

I found some more with the tag “photowalking.” Oh, and even more with “flickrphotowalk.”

Shel Israel, my coauthor, was there too and made a few nice images. UPDATE: he just added a very nice report on his blog. He says “what Scoble and Hawk did was simple and brilliant.”

Actually, Shel had a brilliant idea of his own: start your own photowalks. I’d love to link to those from my site if anyone tries it out.

More than 20 people showed up today, and we got some really great video.

A guy from Apple showed up (works on the Aperature team) and Ryan Montoya, of the John Edwards campaign showed up (do they miss a beat?)

My favorite, though, was Phil Glatz who showed me his rig for taking 3D pictures. He gave me a set of 3D glasses and showed me some of his images taken with a handmade rig and a pair of low-cost 3D cameras. Very cool. He even shows you how on his blog.

Anyway, there are tons of photos coming. If you took some, please leave a link to where they are in my comments here.

And with that, I’m off for a while. Got a heck of a lot of email. I think I’m over 700 now. 739 are in my inbox now. Sigh.

UPDATE: Martin McKay learned not to use 1600 ISO, cause it makes the images look “grainy.” That’s really chip noise, when you push them like that it really brings out the noise. One reason that Thomas Hawk can take lots of images in low light is because his chip in his $3,000 Canon 5D has very low noise characteristics. Not to mention he was sporting a new $1,600 50 F1.2 lens (lowest F-stop lens on the market, that sucker is like a black hole).

Funny aside. The museum wouldn’t let me bring in my tripod. Grrr.

On the way home we were treated to this stunning sunset. Look at that photo on Flickr: it was just posted a few hours ago and see how many comments are there and how many people have already marked it as a “favorite?” And how many “pool” groups there are? Now you are seeing the power of Flickr’s community.

UPDATE 2: if it works out we’re going to do our next Photowalking at Mavericks, where the waves get to be 30 to 60 feet tall. The problem is we’ll only have three days warning that the waves are that tall and the surf contest is on (interestingly enough the contest is sponsored by Then we’ll need to rent Thomas a 600mm lens.

Oh, and thanks to Seagate for giving us $1,200 worth of 8GB Compact Flash cards to hand out as prizes and for sponsoring Photowalking and making that possible to bring you.

Thanks too to photosharing site Zooomr, who not only lends us Thomas Hawk (he’s CEO) but founder Kristopher Tate came today too. I’ll link to their shots when they get them up.

UPDATE 3: I think Kamilyun got the funnest photo of the day.

UPDATE 4: Thomas Hawk has a great writeup and some even better images. Oh, and SmugMug, according to TechCrunch, has a bunch of new features on its photosharing service.

UPDATE 5: Here’s Thomas Hawk’s images. It’s very interesting to compare Thomas’ images with everyone else who was there. He sees things I just didn’t see.

UPDATE 6: Here’s Phil’s 3D images. You’ll need red/blue 3D glasses to view these, but they rock.


If Campaigns are conversations?

One thing I just saw over at TechMeme is that USA Presidential campaigns now are conversations?

Really? So far only one Democratic candidate has met with bloggers who aren’t avowed supporters of his (and has had live chats on DailyKos), that I can see. Only one candidate has invited a blogger behind the press lines.

Yet I find it interesting that some people are giving credit for “best viral media use” to Obama. And others are giving credit to Clinton for being conversational on her Web site.

I thought conversations needed to require two-way discussions. I thought being viral isn’t a good thing unto itself? Anyone can point a video camera at their face and post that to YouTube or Blip.TV or other video services.

Personally, can we save the credit for candidates who actually have two-way conversations and who are actually doing more with technology than Howard Dean did?

And with that, I’m outta here.

Off to go Photowalking…

You’re invited to meet us in Sacramento today at 1 p.m. Bring your camera and your tripod.

To all the people who’ve sent me email in January who I haven’t gotten back to, sorry. 667 are waiting. Whew. Everytime I answer an email two new ones come in. I need an assistant.

Anyway, I’m going to take this week off to try to get a handle on my email. So, no link blog, no blog. ScobleShow will still publish, though, got some really great stuff coming this week including an interview with the guy who named “WiFi.”

In the meantime, why don’t you check out TechMeme, if you don’t read that lately?