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30 September 2022

Slow looking for visual literacy

Look at an image. Resist the temptation of immediately jumping to the caption for an explanation of what is being shown. Practice slow looking to unlock more discoveries.


3 June 2021

Not all slope failures are large

Not all slope failures are large: examples of small but disruptive landslides in Sheffield


12 July 2018

Images of the disastrous landslides in Japan this week

Over the last week exceptional rainfall has triggered thousands of landslides in Japan, with disastrous consequences. Images are starting to emerge showing the scale of the disaster.


7 June 2017

Share your #dayofscience during the Science-A-Thon (July 13)

The goal of the Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of scientists and the important work they do to the public. On July 13, 2017, participants will take 12 photos over a 12-hour day to showcase the exciting-to-routine activities in the day of a life of a scientist.


14 September 2016

Teaching professional skills… using Creative Commons and Pubic Domain images

Who took this photo? Do you have permission to use it? Help students learn best practices in acquiring images for their projects by understanding Creative Commons and public domain sources.


10 July 2014

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies – from Mauna Loa to Mars

We like posting photos online, especially if we have a happy moment to share.  A recent study shows that photo posts on Twitter and Instagram are four times more likely to convey positive sentiment compared with text-only tweets (see The Wall Street Journal article by Wells, 2014).  And what could make us more happy than taking photos of ourselves and immediately sharing what we are up to? Welcome to the …


29 May 2014

Instagram – a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram – “… a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever” (Instagram FAQ page).  Do you have an Instagram account?  Odds are, you don’t.  Instagram still struggles to grow significantly as a social media tool among online adults, as documented …


16 December 2013

Before you Instagram your next museum visit…

Do you snap pictures at museums? You might not be remembering as much about your visit as you could — Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) December 15, 2013 When I had a film camera (“back in the day”), I was selective about what I took photos of during my travels, and how many photos I took.  The costs of purchasing film and photo processing held me back from snapping photos of …


27 November 2013

Does social media make your experiences less special?

The title of this post came from a tweet I saw by @SmithsonianMag, which linked to a great post on their blog that answered their own question with “Your Life Experiences Aren’t So Special—Here’s Proof” Thomas Jullian made a 1 min 46 sec video from 852 Instagram images from 852 different people.  If you think you have captured “the” most unique photo of an iconic tourist location – think again.  …


14 November 2010

New Panoramic Photos in Google Earth

Google LatLong has announced that there is a new layer in Google Earth titled “Photos.” From their description, it seems that the Panoramio and layers have been merged into this new one. However, 360Cities is still present under the…