Instagram and Black and White Hashtags

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a small billion dollars in April 2012. Everybody said that Zuckerberg is an idiot and overspent by a lot. 7 years later, Facebook and Instagram represent 80% of all the images on the Internet and 95+% of all the advertising related to images. Nobody competes with Facebook/Instagram when it comes to advertising and photos.

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The photographers’ zoo

A dozen of photographers and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$

A dozen of photographers and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$

A dozen people are taking photos and the cameras ranges from nothing to $$$.

  • 1 guy calling his wife or girl friend and describes what he sees
  • A kid watching with binoculars
  • A lady using her iPhone
  • A lady using a small Sony point and shoot
  • A guy with a small video camera and a ‘real’ camera
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Tourists and the Obligatory Selfie

In January 2017, German researchers studied the selfies and found that:

  • 77% of the smartphone users took a selfie at least once a month
  • 49% of the smartphone users received at least one selfie every week
  • People thought that their own selfies were somewhat ironic and playful
  • 82% of the people would rather see ‘more usual pictures’ then selfies on social media
  • 90% of the people thought that others’ selfies were for self-promotion
  • 46% of the people thought that their own selfies were for self-promotion

Tourists in Vancouver, BC and the Obligatory Selfie

Tourists in Vancouver, BC and the Obligatory Selfie

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Intrepid Photographer

The guy is a professional. He rented a Canon 500 f/4L lens for the weekend. The lens was introduced in 1999 (not only it was the previous century, it was the previous millennium).

There’s an IS (Image Stabilization) built in the lens. It’s OK for ‘kind of stabilizing’ the lens but… It’s not that good. The lens is just above 4kg/just above 9lbs, plus the camera, only supported by the left arm. Impressive!

I know that I can’t. I have tried. I get decent results with a monopod, which is what I used on this day.

handholding a Canon 1DMk4 with a Canon 500mm f/4L

Handholding a Canon 1DMk4 with a Canon 500mm f/4L

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iPad Photographer: Vancouver, BC

It’s called the Sun Run. The Vancouver Sun newspaper organises a 10k run every end of spring. People come by the 10 of thousands and some people like this guy and me also come not for the run or the walk portion but for the photo opportunities.

He’s using his IPad and he seems to be happy with what he sees on his screen.

photographer having fun taking photos with his iPad

Photographer having fun taking photos with his iPad

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Mine’s bigger than yours

The winner of the tele photo wars is the guy in the middle. The guy between the Canon 500 at the front and the Minolta 600 at the back, with the small narrow white tube. It’s a 1200mm digiscope. He has it mounted on an Olympus m4/3!

The 1200mm digiscope on a micro-4/3rd camera gives him a whopping 2400mm lens. So he works at f/11 with an ISO that oscillates between ISO 1600 and ISO 3200.

Photographer with a 1200mm mounted on his Olympus camera

Photographer with a 1200mm mounted on his Olympus camera

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Hunting Snowy Owls

The previous summer was extremely rich in mice, rodents…. in the arctic. The Snowy Owls had many off-springs. They (mostly the young) couldn’t deal with the 40 and 50 below 0 (both in Fahrenheit and in Celsius), so they moved south to the Lower Mainland, BC. 24 of them!

They had the Snowy Owls on the news on TV and the photographers started to hunt them. Hundreds of photographers (BTW, this includes me who was also there). The word hunt is not an understatement. Snowy Owls, hunt at night and sleep during the day.

I staid on the pathway trying not to disturb them too much. Many photographers decided to surround them and close in before the attack. This is one of the group.

BTW, the vast majority of the people were using Canon and most of them were either using the 500mm f/4 or the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6.

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

Photographers hunting for Snowy Owls

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Point and Shoot

The guy (the photographer) staid in this position for a good 10 minutes. He was yelling (actually a very loud voice) to the lady to hold it up, put it down, turn…

It looks like the lady is holding some kind of rubber chicken in her hand.

Photographer doing the spread

Photographer doing the spread

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