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Friday Slide Show: Berkeley Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

6 June 2014

We are off to Berkeley this weekend for a high school graduation ceremony on the campus of the University of California. To get in the mood, we took a look at the photos we've been taking of the campus since 2000.

We used several cameras over the years, partly because it's a great place for test shots. In just this slide show there are images from the Canon PowerShot A630 (2006), Kodak DC290 (2000), Canon PowerShot A3300 IS (2011), Kodak EasyShare One (2006), Nikon E990 (2004) and the Nikon D200 (2006).

The A630 took 1, 3 and 4 (Sather Gate and the Life Sciences building), the DC290 took 2 (the Campanile), the A3300 took 5-8 and 14-16 (Doe Library series, Tilden's The Football Players, Edwards Stadium and the Golden Bear), the One took 9 (the new Doe), the Nikon E990 took 10 and 11 (new Doe interior). The Nikon D200 took 12 and 13 (Victory and Memorial Stadium).

Apart from the D200 images, these are all JPEGs. We did quite a bit of lens correction in Lightroom to straighten things out because there's a lot of handheld architectural shots taken with wide angle lenses.

This month marks the fortieth year since our own graduation from Berkeley. We have often recalled some impossible challenge, some unlikely success, some important failure from those days in the intervening years, relearning the lesson again.

Meanwhile our shelves have become lined with the works of professors we first encountered in college and whom we subsequently followed. Hugh Kenner, Raghavan N. Iyer, Herbert Fingarette, Paul Wienpahl, in our first two years in Santa Barbara and then at Berkeley Michael Scriven, Robert Bellah, Harvey Molotch, Norman Jacobson, Mario Soldati, to name just a few. A few who led us on to even others so that it seems those four years were just an introduction to the study of our culture.

Some still with us, others we have lost.

So we would like to take a moment, as we congratulate the graduates of 2014 (whether from grammar school, high school or college) to remind you that the world needs you.

Not so much to do all the things celebrated every day in the news. But to do the one thing not often mentioned because it takes a lifetime. To matter.

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