Friday, January 09, 2009

If this Oracle gig doesn't work out...

Maybe I can become a photographer :)  One of my pictures from a recent trip to Sydney Australia was chosen for inclusion in a travel guide

I don't think that picture is one of my "best", but it was of historic building they wanted to include in the guide.  I wish they would have picked a better shot - I like this one myself:


And this one would have been pretty cool - if I had centered it just a little more to the left:

Queen Victoria Shopping Mall - very fancy (3)

but it was nice to be chosen...



Blogger Roderick said....

Hard to take a nice night pic like that with a pocket sized camera. Tripod or resting it on something?

Fri Jan 09, 12:37:00 PM EST  

Blogger Christian Berg said....

Congrats! That's an excellent night shot!

Cheers mate,

Fri Jan 09, 01:10:00 PM EST  

Blogger Mark A. Williams said....


Your photography is always excellent. I think in the past you have explained that is, at least partially, because you take your time and think about things like composition, etc.

Sort of anachronistic in this day and age of "solve everything on a forum as quick as possible without taking time to understand the real issue and gain valuable experience" or something like that, eh?

- Mark

Fri Jan 09, 01:45:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


I use a gorrillapod - much better than a tripod. I use it constantly. Got some excellent night shots (4-6 second exposures) in Paris with it as well!

Fri Jan 09, 02:40:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Rob said....

Tom, good work.

But I am starting to wonder about the relationship of Oracle and photography. I know Sue Harper is really into photography (and she is quite good at it.) And my photography has appeared in a Canon publication in the early 90's and a sailing publication in 2007.

Database design is one half science and one half art.


Fri Jan 09, 03:18:00 PM EST  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Those are darn good, Tom. I usually try to shoot several photos from different angles and framed a little different. Makes for a lot of shots, but usually at least one is to my liking.

Night shots are definitely tough - you did a great job. :-D

Bill S.

Fri Jan 09, 04:03:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Ben Prusinski said....

Hi Tom,

Looks good and you could always moonlight as a photographer :-)

Ben Prusinski

Fri Jan 09, 06:16:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

maybe, I should become a photographer for the living, because with the salary at oracle argentina is dificult to live

Fri Jan 09, 09:17:00 PM EST  

Blogger HunterX said....

Your Photos is great... It's difficult when I take photo on night... I've never used gorrillapod, that it's interesting!

thank you for beautiful photo and a good idea ;)


Sat Jan 10, 02:56:00 AM EST  

Anonymous G said....

I guess having you head on someone else's shoulders for eternity could be quite motivational ;)

Sat Jan 10, 12:13:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

If I may ask, what camera do you usually use to take pictures?

I always wondered if it is the camera that makes picture look pretty or is it just the 'eye' of the beholder ???

Sat Jan 10, 06:36:00 PM EST  

Blogger dd_macle said....

Great wonderful these pictures. I would consider these from professional Photograther.

Sun Jan 11, 04:42:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Shitshots, Tom.

You better technician than photograph. And horizon is dropped.

Sun Jan 11, 10:26:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Anonymous asking about camera

@Anonymous posting most recently

Have a nice day :)

Sun Jan 11, 11:17:00 AM EST  

Blogger Noons said....

Good stuff, Tom! Glad to see another dba/photographer. Art is everywhere.
Gorillapod, eh? I must give one of those a try: much more portable than my ginormous Benbo!
Those QVB windows are a regular with photographers: work really well with just about any lighting. Hard to control the lighting there, too. I'm going back to that one soon.

Sun Jan 11, 07:20:00 PM EST  

Blogger Andrew Max said....

I don't understand those who say that photography and Oracle RDBMS don't have anything in common. They do.

As we all know, once select statement is issued its result is fixed – any changes made in the future won’t affect query result.
The same story with photo: once taken, it reflects some particular moment of time, no matter what happens then.

And I’d say that photography is more perfect than Oracle (it does not mean that I don’t like Oracle of course).
Why so? Because no matter how much time is passed - photo remains the same, you can take it anytime and recall the past moments of your life. You won’t ever see "snapshot too old" error :)


Mon Jan 12, 06:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....


flashback data archive, no 1555's on flashback queries :)

Mon Jan 12, 11:31:00 AM EST  

Blogger Joel Garry said....


Change is the only constant.

word: abseshe

Mon Jan 12, 04:01:00 PM EST  

Blogger Doug Cowles said....

Care to reveal maybe just a little about how you took those shots?

Wed Jan 14, 02:14:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Patty C. said....

Very nice pictures Tom. It reminds me that I need to spend time learning how to use all of the settings on my new SD1100 that I got for Christmas.

Mon Jan 19, 10:18:00 AM EST  

Blogger Stephen Andert said....

Nice shots Tom! Seeing how much you travel, that camera probably gets a fair amount of use. I've been thinking about a Gorillapod, but I'm not sure it would work quite as well with my big DSLR. I always have my Manfrotto in my car and can get it set up pretty quick.

Sat Jan 24, 08:47:00 PM EST  

Blogger Doug Cowles said....

How did your photographs and the travel guide intersect? Was someone from the travel guide at your Oracle conference? Did you have them posted somewhere?

Wed Feb 04, 01:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

@Doug -

they found it on flickr via a search...

Wed Feb 04, 06:31:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Stephen Windsor said....

beauty is in the eye of the beholder. as a one-time photographer (back when motor drives were really something), there's *always* something else that you could have done with the shot -- bracketed the exposure, contrast, angle, etc...

now using digital cameras, you can take as many as you wish -- and no materials to waste :)

if you like it, that's all that matters.

i agree, taking a picture is like programming in a sense -- there are a lot of ever-changing variables, and no two shots are the same; and, it's science, and art.

more importantly, photography uses the other half of the brain :)

Wed Jun 10, 08:55:00 AM EDT  


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