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Playing with Photos on Exposure

What’s this? Could it be that I am using a hosted software solution?

I am.

I am because I find that with my images, in particular, I want to share them as part of community. I miss what Flickr used to be, and in a sense I want something like that. I’ve actually been looking for something similar for a long time. I like VSCO a lot, but I do most of my photographic work on the desktop. Even when I shoot with my phone, I always process everything through the desktop.

I do this because I don’t want an app to be the primary repository for my images. VSCO really wants to be my repository. I have hard drives and backups for that. I just want to use their software to share, and it feels really stupid to process my images, reload them back into my phone, and then add them in VSCO.

Ello is nice. I really need to work on using that social network more. I like their approach and they tend to draw some phenomenal artists. Ello operates more like Instagram, though, in that they rely on post by post images. I like …


Engagement in the Digital Humanities

Proposals for HASTAC 2017, were due on April 17th. I wrote one, and submitted it.

I wasn’t happy with it. Wouldn’t it be nice if every time we wrote a proposal we felt confident? Well, that is not the case here.

I find that I write proposals in one of two ways. In the first way, I write about the research I am doing. In the second, I write about something I want an excuse to investigate more closely. Obviously, the second approach has its problems. Proposals are much more nebulous and far less clear on outcomes and ideas. Yet, I find that it can also really help me to open up my approach and focus on areas that I wasn’t directly engaged with before. I like having that opportunity.

I feel that my proposal for HASTAC was a bit more of the second than the first. Regardless of what happens, I want to use this space to hash out my ideas a bit more with the warning that this is still very much a thought exercise in progress.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how digital rhetoricians talk about and use digital technology. How do …


Escaping to the Outside

Spring at the Old Quarry Lake by Geoffrey Gimse on Exposure

It was a good day to escape the inside. It was far too warm and too sunny to stay cooped up. After this past week, I needed some time outside.

I took a quick trip north to Harrington Beach State Park. That state park is rapidly becoming my go-to spot when I’m looking for an easy hike and time to just get away from the chaos of the day-to-day. It’s close enough not be a major time sink and far enough away that I can forget about things at home and really focus on the moment.

Of course, I also wanted a chance to play with my Sony A6000. I wasn’t sure if I would like a mirrorless camera. I’ve been a DSLR user for a long time and I was very reluctant to switch. After today, I am pleased. The focus response time is great, and I love the flexibility of the screen. Plus the camera is so incredibly light. It felt like a point-and-shoot, but with a lot more capability.


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