Sunday, August 21, 2011

Random SIGGRAPH / Vancouver images

Urban Park - Leica M9, 50 Summilux, ~f/4, 1/750s, ISO 160

Immediately after returning from SIGGRAPH last friday I left on a family vacation to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico so I have had a chance to post any images from my time at SIGGRAPH.  I didn't do much photography in Mexico last week but figured I'd get all my images from Vancouver up.

The Vancouver Convention Center is not only large enough to dwarf SIGGRAPH but the architecture is also beautiful.  Its also located ideally which all combined together makes it the finest convention center I've visited. 

The only downside I can think of is that its hard to focus on the conference when the entrances to the rooms face the ocean with mountains set behind.  How are you supposed to get any work done?

SIGGRAPH itself was also good, I don't know if it was the location but I think I enjoyed it more this year.  The electronic theatre was disappointing for me but I attended a few non-technical talks which were good and many papers which seemed to be more practical.

Cheers! - Leica M9, 21 Summilux, f/1.4, 1/15s, ISO 1600
Of course the right company can really make a conference fun.  The food in Vancouver, especially on the waterfront was pretty pricey, I'm just glad work was paying the way :)

The food, though pricey was delicious.  In addition to seafood, I had an amazing Ramen noodle soup along with excellent Japanese Tapas.

I mentioned in a previous post that for this trip I was foregoing the laptop and using just an iPad 2.  In short, it sucked.  I would much rather have had a 11" Macbook Air.  The iPad 2's hardware was fine but the software for what I wanted to do really left me wanting. 

Its the imaging workflow on the iPad that is sorely missing, especially when you get used to the ease and speed of working with something like Lightroom.  I settled on using just Nik's SnapSeed and though it kind of got the job done, it was no fun.  There is a serious software gap here that someone needs to address.

It was also a bummer that the NPAR/CAe/SBIM conference that was co-located distributed the proceedings via USB key, so I had no way to view the papers while at the conference.  The iPad did work out great for email and web browsing though.

In spite of there being thousands of people, I never felt that it was very crowded.  There are so many restaurants within a 10 minute walk that I think people just diffuse in every direction. 

In addition to great food, we ended up discovering a great lounge in Gastown (Guilt & Co.) which we returned to a couple of evenings.

In all, it was a great conference and I really hope ACM decides to to SIGGRAPH in Vancouver again.

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