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Paul Pavlinovich
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Photographer, IT Nerd, Leader, Gunzel, SF Author, Crea+e
Photographer, IT Nerd, Leader, Gunzel, SF Author, Crea+e

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So I'm learning Google machine learning and wanted to try it out. I knew this image was in my library but haven't been able to find it for ages. After a few fails I used "train on trestle cotton wool" and it found it. Awesome.

+Google Photos​
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Head in the Google cloudy stuff with about 1000 others at +Google Cloud APAC Events​ onboard
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Hey +Bruce Shark​ it seems that +Daniel Ting​ has a shark eating my camera...
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In the city for sunrise
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Good words. Reality. Skill. Intent. Share. Lonely. Sounds like Photography to me.
INDUSTRIAL STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FAGS
(a crazy shot that required a long time hiding out in a bin with stray friggin' cats that were all feisty, attack-mode-y, and dry humping my leg)

Did you know that almost 86% of the "Street Photography" shots we see are staged? Me neither. Did you also not know that these well-studied photographers know what time of day to be at a particular place to catch light/shadow, and that they bring along a model, make them dress in trendy attire? Me neither.

They bring props, too. They bring cigarettes. They wear glasses with clear glass and no prescriptions lenses, their eyesight is perfect,... some don greased mustaches twirled at the ends to seem retro trendy, goatees, etc. They have a friend carrying tripods, reflectors, lighting, and a small cooler with store-bought water from drought-stricken areas on ration. What the fuck? Yeah, I've seen it recently. It's nothing new.

Does this make them "bad photographers" because they are not legitimate? No, I wouldn't say that. They know the 73 Rules Of Composition inside and out and have money tied up in equipment. Some of them even have sponsors or Patreon/GoFundMe accounts to support them (also interesting). A lot of these people are just looking to get laid, gay or straight. Seems to me like many are so hard up that they wouldn't care who did what as long as they had a happy time. (blackmail opportunities abound in this crowd I've discovered!)

What's the point of this post? I'm so glad that you asked!

Point #1: I can't stress this enough - BE SAFE!

2) Just because what I do looks cool sometimes doesn't mean it IS cool. (please see #1).

3) Most photographers are here to make money. If that means spraying a tree with a water bottle and then turning a can of R-32 car refrigerant upside down and misting the leaves to get that frozen bokeh shot, THEY WILL DO IT. Authenticity doesn't pay the bills.

4) What You See Is Not Always What You Get. There are many Digital Darkroom Heroes who make a living doing just that - they "develop" the photos of photographers, never having shot a single frame themselves. If you're good enough, you can fake almost anything. Ask any woman in an unhappy relationship about her orgasm history. Enough said.

5) Everyone Is A Photographer. I say this because even homeless people have a cell phone. That's no shit. People take pics on share on Instagram (most popular still) and make a name for themselves. If they're homeless they're obviously not getting paid (just trying to get paid, yo. It's all about dem Benjamins, know what I'm saying? ) I don't think you have to compare yourself or compete in order to get the recognition you seek. Be yourself and it will shine through eventually. Give it time.

6) Sincerity. When you first meet someone you get an immediate impression, especially when you shake hands (mainly talking to the fellas here). You can tell by a guys grip if he's just a chill dude or if he's trying to dominate you with his grip (the hand crusher, for example). I remember being in the office of an ex Navy Seal demolitions expert who was an attorney... the guy damned near broke my fingers on a short shake, the equivalent of a sucker punch. I walked out after the meeting and vowed to exact revenge. His yacht paid the price. One sucker punch deserves another and it's all fair game. Enough said. ;-)

7) Definitions. What defines a "Street Photograph?" Does it have to include a human element? If so, how prominent must the human be in the scene? A lot of people get scared in a real life street moment and they might do a hip shot with their cell phone. That's cool! If it conveyed the moment and how you were feeling and you're okay with the final result, SHARE IT! Who cares if it gets 23 Likes or 8,000? Remember that you are the artists and therefore no one gets to define who you are, ever. You define you.

8) Google Plus is a lonely place. It's also kinda on the back-burner in many ways. #8 here is meant to say that it's important to get to know the people you like here. Not everyone is going to discuss the personal details of their life and that should be respected. But there's nothing wrong with asking questions when you're genuinely interested. I ask questions and respect people's boundaries. I'm here to share as much of myself as I feel safe doing and many others are here for the same. Does that mean I want to take you out for dinner or sleep with you? No. But it does mean that I like your story and the way you see the world. I may not be in your shoes but if I'm barefoot for a day and you're not using that pair, you might let me walk in them.

9) Your Vision. You might be here one day and gone the next! Your content can jump all over the place and have many varying subjects that don't even seem to connect. Sometimes the best exercise for me is to take a chill pill after a workout or just when relaxed and oxygenated, to focus on what it is that I want to convey to people who have Circled me and read what I write! Some people still read! OMG! (I love you peeps because I read your shit, too!) If you're myopic and can't make sense of your stuff up close, no one else can either, unless they're a psychoanalyst. So maybe take a moment now and then to incorporate a cohesive vision to why it is that you think you are here on this planet. Some of us might be listening. ;-)

10) Happiness. If you weren't happy when you got here then chances are that you won't be happy when you leave. Why do I say that? Because a life online is a life alone. There are many people online who cannot get out for one reason or another. Some are legitimately disabled and physically can't get outside. So there are people who share what they have not to make a monetary gain, but just to offer a WINDOW, an escape, for those who maybe want one. There's no monetary transaction required.

If I see a post with someone's photo that requires me to click a link or VIEW FULL SCREEN (begging for views and to see all of your Collection), well, you can go piss off. Your ego is better fed in the fucking mirror.

Ultimately we're all here for different reasons. I'm here to share a story. I don't want your money and I don't want you to visit my web page (I've never even advertised it once ;-) I guess my main reason for being here is to share my insanity and to have it reflected back at me through your eyes, to see it digested and vomited back in the mirror. I want to tell the story of my life through my photos and my real life stories.

I don't have to fake who I am or what I do. I'm not dressing my friends up to stand in a shadow at sunset beneath the balcony of the only train station in the world that has 5 crossings (where I live) and smoke a cigarette to make the cover of a "Top HPOSQPRSABCDEFTV" fag page. Lulz. Anyone can do that.

Be yourself. That's #1 and also #11. Be true to you. You are your own best friend and your own harshest critic. What I say or what anyone else says means nothing. Shoot what matters most. Share what matters most. No camera? No worries. Write it. After all, you just read through all of this crap I just wrote so.... yeah.

Peace out.







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Ug the things I do to learn new stuff. On a train five minutes before I'm normally even awake. Off to the +Google Cloud APAC Events​ been playing with azure time to learn what the others do.
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It became fluffy +Greg Kerr​
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I don't know why but I was expecting a giant sand castle to win.

#frankston

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Creepy
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#scienceeveryday modern science mixed with old casting techniques to restore an awesome bit of motoring history
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