Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures 2008

Spent almost two weeks shooting Alfred Deakin Lectures 2008. Most lectures were held at BMW Edge at Federation Square in the CBD. There were a few held out of town and one at Melbourne Town Hall also. I must say I was skeptical at first thinking to myself how boring it was going to be shooting lectures and academics...

Well, to my surprise, they were (most of them anyway) were very stimulating lectures. For examples, exploring the possibility of regeneration which is only possible with liver and our muscles in human compared with such as worms, star fish and some lizards which have much greater regeneration power. Clear zebrafish being the new lab rat for the 21st century, being completely clear, makes it very easy to study... The topics were very diversified - biology, technology, computing, web, art, human rights, urban, transport, space travel, ethics, climate change, etc. Of course, sustainability is the buzz word on everyone's lips. There were international speakers, older respected speakers as well as voices from some of the smartest young people of this generation.

There were lectures as well as debates. To sum it up, I feel my mind has been challenged and innovation is working in me! Of course, I have learnt a few new things about photography also.

OK, about the pics, the first two are basically of the venue to show you how amazing looking BMW Edge is. The picture may look better cropped to give a more panoramic view...

The third picture is of former deputy prime minister of Australia Tim Fischer. He was great to photograph - so much expressions. Well, that's because he is a passionate advocate for rail transport that he was speaking on.

The last is one of the young voices, Larissa Brown. She helped to save a forest in Costa Rica! I will leave it as an exercise for you to find out more about her work if you are keen.

Sorry, no technical details on the pics... this post is long enough as it is. No post processing was made and most were taken at very high ISO to keep shutter speed high for sharp result.

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