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Ananda Sim
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Ancora Imparo - abbiamo tutti qualcosa da imparare
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Had heaps of fun with new faces and old friends at the #36walk #36walk2017.
Thanks to all to participated. +Paul Pavlinovich for a bit of fun, great to see +Wailing Seto +Kwanghui Lim +Hanna Silver
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Breathing Life into Echoing Halls of Silence

My experience of Google+ has just reverted back to my old experience of lots of interesting conversation.

All that it took was to have a post that generated a lot of conversation like the one from a few days ago on losing patience with this place. Suddenly, my new posts since then are generating the attention of people who like to comment and are good at it.

I am responding, but other than that I am not doing anything different.

This suggests that one of the things that may have dampened down conversations on Google+ is a coincidence of the way the algorithms play with the new Google+ UI. Let's say, for arguments sake that the cumulative effect of the UI changes was to dissuade commenting (for example by exposing posts to large volumes of low quality commenters who drown out conversation with noise, by prioritizing topics over human relationships, etc.). Were conversations to drop like this, the algorithms would have to compensate by relying instead on other signals, signals let's say, like plusses.

Plusses are a low-effort form of engagement. Long, thoughtful posts with something to say are more work. It's much easier to plus a pretty picture, fit example, and so pretty pictures get lots more plusses.

In an environment with a profusion of low-effort and lower-quality engagement, the algorithms are left with nothing but lower quality signals to fuel their work. As a result, chaff is prioritized over wheat, and noise over signal, as we begin consuming a high carb diet of fast-food posts. This feeds the demand for more low quality and the viscious cycle repeats.

The results are virtual hallways, echoing with pings of plusses, in the absence of stronger human relationships and the conversation it generates.

What I'm suggesting here is that perhaps getting good conversation going requires some effort. Perhaps "garbage-in-garbage-out" really is a thing when it comes to social networks, and particularly with interest-sharing networks like Google+.

If this is true, then user experience design that automates and trivializes engagement can't help but trivialize content too. When that happens on a content sharing network, it falls into a downward spiral like that which I described and many others echoed the other day.

The good news, if this is true, is that the problem is addressable with revisions to the user interface.

But. Time. Is. A. Tickin'...
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Was trying for a George Clooney but then #ffsb
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The Black Dragon
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He's wondering how many people will turn up for the #36walk tomorrow.

+Shoes Monday​#shoesmonday +Olga Kafka+miyuki MK+Rob Hallifax​
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To those of my contacts who live in Paris, a great oppurtunity to meet up with +Sanjitpaal Singh - an awesome wildlife and conservation photographer. #malaysianinparis 
Presentation @ Lycee Marcellin Berthelot, Saint Maur des Fossés - 200417

Presentation entitled ‘a delicate web’ to an eccentric crowd of secondary students which seemed to be absorbing the contents of ideology and facts. Within the sharing session, I was astonished to come to realisation that my path as a nature, wildlife and conservation photographer is truly an adventurous journey.

#passion #malaysianinparis #wildlifephotographer
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In the old days, we used to say that a film had character. A Kodak looked different from a Fuji or an Agfa. In this modern day, many people advise to shoot raw and process using the software of the day (usually Adobe Lightroom).

This pre-supposes that the person editing has an intuition of what they see and want want see. Unless you're doing strictly product photography for a client where it is expected that a blue fabric looks blue and not gold, people either get vanilla renditions or weird and whacky pseudo HDR effects.

I shoot mainly Olympus and am quite aware of the SOOC Olympus JPEG look (we can even switch Keep Colours Warm) for cheerful yellows and blue skies. I like it a lot. Another brand I sometimes assess and use is Panasonic, who have this look that reminds me of the Agfacolor CT18 colour slide film of my youth. The overall look has become more refined as time goes by. I have the old G2 and GF3 and the look then, feels coarse to me. This photo, from a GX7 I was testing, has moved on. I think the image doesn't break up as much as it used to and if you don't trash the exposure by bleaching out the signature, I'm quite charmed by this.

btw, have fun at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+The36AnnualPhotowalk
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Preparing and looking forward to the #36Walk tomorrow.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+The36AnnualPhotowalk
Standing outside you-know-where +Tony Tulloch being tempted by a second hand Panasonic Lumix GX-7 - it could be a poor man's PEN-F for street - pricing of second hands in the market isn't particularly attractive in the context of severe competition from new models, giveaways, discounts, warranties.

This photo from GX-7 + 14mm f/2.5 lens, Adobe Camera Raw, turned monochrome with a few quick tweaks.

Also #shoesmonday +Shoes Monday +Olga Kafka +Rob Hallifax +miyuki MK
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Eliane Elias - new album - still magic
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