Wednesday, December 22, 2010

[jules' pics] 12/22/2010 03:37:00 AM


Gavin, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Gavin insists that more images of people should appear on this blog. Wouldn't do to disobey Gavin. Hee heee.



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Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 12/22/2010 03:37:00 AM

19 comments:

LuboŇ° Motl said...

I am afraid that by this blog entry, you have become a Real Climate denier because the revelation is, from some viewpoint, more damning than the ClimateGate. ;-)

David B. Benson said...

Seems to have lost weight.

Good for him.

James Annan said...

He's had about 3 weeks in Japan - it happens :-)

Lubos, crawl back into your sewer.

jules said...

David:
Photography is all about illusion.

James:
Oy. Don't be rude to my commenters.

Gavin said...

Would it have been too much to use a photo in which I'm smiling? Or at least vaguely happy? There's always photo-shop of course...

:-)

James Annan said...

Gavin,

Think statesmanlike and authoritative. You weren't here on holiday, after all :-)

David B. Benson said...

Jules --- Lubos was just as happy to have any attention paid to him as he is often completely ignored. Given that he suffers from what has been termed the Motl syndrome, that would be evn ruder, yes?

Gavin --- Only Amis (and those acculurated into it) think it appropraite to actually smile in photographs.

jules said...

Can't believe Gavin complained! He need wonder no more why I rarely post people pictures, if such a nice one as this gets immediately shot down. Has he never seen the picture on his own webpage at NASA?!!! (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/gschmidt/)

I even checked before I posted, to make sure that this one would improve the ensemble mean of Google Images "Gavin Schmidt".

False smiles just make people look ... smarmy, creepy and ... false.

Hank Roberts said...

> false smiles
http://blog.eyesforlies.com/2005/03/micro-expressions-test-yourself.html

Now I suppose eventually cameras will be able to catch these even if the human pointing the viewfinder doesn't notice them. And you'll be able to choose whether to catch an expression suggesting someone is prevaricating the way now you can choose whether to eliminate the red-eye-spot effect..

Candid pictures of people who are aware of the camera are _very_ hard to take. The shutter lag on even the better digitals makes it worse. I used to have a little old 1950s Kodak Signet rangefinder with a leaf shutter that was inaudible and had no lag at all, and took better candids using that than I could with a Leica IIIc

Steve Bloom said...

I think the photo is very nice, both technically and appearance-wise. Most people seem to be over-sensitive about their own photos.

But if I can put in a request, may I suggest some candid photos of JAMSTEC honchos three sheets to the wind while assaying a bit of karaoke? This is, I'm given to understand, as naturalistic as it's possible to get with Japanese executives. But perhaps science adminstrators are more restrained.

Rocco said...

Photoshop?!? Guys, you never learn

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2010/05/09/328.5979.689.DC2/328_689_F1.gif

:)

James Annan said...

I did suggest adding a halo. But jules said it had already been enough trouble removing the pointy horns and pitchfork :-)

Hank Roberts said...

Jules, one trick I recommend for getting natural smiles -- set your camera on rapid-fire, and have someone start clowning behind you to distract your subject's attention. See if you can find someone with a funny hat and a willingness to embarrass himself in public for a good cause ....

Anonymous said...

I like the photo.

Anon(1)

David B. Benson said...

Another vote here for the photo.

Off-topic, do the Japanese have a post-winter-soltice traditional celebration roughly comperable to Saturnalia or the competing 12 days of Christmas?

James Annan said...

The main focus is the big new year celebration here in Japan. The ending of the year itself is mostly a quiet stay-at-home affair with TV specials and lots of food, not midnight street parties and fireworks. However Kamakura has millions of visitors to the main temple from 1-3 Jan, and the town centre is shut to cars for 3 days to accommodate the pedestrian traffic. We may visit the beach for sunrise if feeling enthusiastic (unlike the UK, the sun actually does rise pretty reliably at this time of year here).

Christmas is also making modest inroads, but it's very muted compared to the UK. Actually there is a lot of decoration and advertising, but the day itself is not even a holiday.

David B. Benson said...

James Annan --- Thanks.

The Japanese are taking after the Scots, I see.

Carl C said...

>>The Japanese are taking after the Scots, I see.

you mean as in frying anything they can get their hands on? ;-)

lucia said...

Jules--
I agree with you that this is an exceptionally good photo of Gavin. If he needs to send a photo to a potential blind date, he should use the one you took. He should not use NASA photo nor any other photo of him I have ever seen.