Instagramming during a fire

I had this brief discussion with a friend. In an event of a fire, why do people Instagram?

The answer really is just because it is eventful. How many times will you see a fire? How many times will you see a sushi? Given that, don’t you think fire is more worth taking pictures of than food?

That obviously is missing the point, I imagine you would retort. Fires could be dangerous, sushis only delicious.

But isn’t that the whole purpose of Instagram — to take record all things eventful? Yes, and that is why we take pictures during fires! Because our minds are trained to record this and share with our friends our experiences. Maybe they shared you a picture of a devastating building collapse in vintage filters before.

So it perhaps is quite foolish to be expose of the risks of a fire but at least we proved it happened and we were there. I instagram the shit out of things, crosspost it to Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and my Tumblr no one reads. And the journalist in me is going to take another video, paused with segments, using Vine. I am also going to take a Blair Witch Project kinda video while running and upload it to YouTube after applying toy camera effects.

The question people ask is why. The question I ask is why the hell not.

First official portrait taken with a digital camera: Obama

Barack Obama had his new official portrait taken with a digital camera which is a first. Never seen George Washington has a president use a digital camera to take a presidential portrait.

Today we are releasing the new official portrait for President Barack Obama.

It was taken by Pete Souza, the newly-announced official White House photographer.

It is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. (Source: Change.gov)

Barack Obama official portrait

this fine specimen of portraiture was snapped with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on January 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm with no flash, using a 105mm lens stopped to f/10 at a 1/125 exposure, with an ISO of 100 by newly crowned official White House photographer Pete Souza. Nice work, Souza (Source: Engadget)

There is an official White House photographer? How awesome.