Paying the bills…

Tour for tourists

Reporters snapping photos with a billboard of the MS founders

Photography as a hobby can be a lot of fun and very self gratifying. Produce work that you love and love showing off.
Being a professional photographer, on the other hand, sometimes isn’t as glamourous. Sometimes, photography is work, and very hard work at that.

Last Wednesday and Thursday I had the pleasure of spending 9+ hours each day following a group of foreign reports on a visit with Microsoft. Days were spent listening to presentations, touring labs, and learning about some of the technologies that Microsoft is working on for the future.

Reporters experiencing v.1 of Microsoft's Surface device

Reporters experiencing v.1 of Microsoft's Surface device

Shuttled from building to building, typical Seattle wet weather

Shuttled from building to building, typical Seattle wet weather

Reporters were given the opportunity to experience some of the new technology.  Here Toby from Stuff magazine requests a soda from a state-of-the-art soda machine.

Reporters were given the opportunity to experience some of the new technology. Here Toby from Stuff magazine requests a soda from a state of the art soda machine.

Tour of the industriul lab where imagination becomes reality.  Hardware like the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse and Xbox controllers are created.

Tour of the industriul lab where imagination becomes reality. Hardware like the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse and Xbox controllers are created.

The more interesting parts of the days, at least to me, were demos.  Folks were allowed to touch, experience, and learn about the future

The more interesting parts of the days, at least to me, were demos. Folks were allowed to touch, experience, and learn about future technology

A quick view into the future.  Here, we see some real time 3D imaging where a reporter is recorded by one camera, a backdrop by another camera, and rendered together, seemingly coming out of a table

A quick view into the future. Here, we see real-time 3D imaging where a reporter is recorded by one camera, a backdrop by another camera, and rendered together, seemingly coming out of a table

Students from Arlington gather to show off their work with their 2011 entry into Microsoft's Imagine Cup

Students from Arlington gather to show off their work with their 2011 entry into the Microsoft's Imagine Cup

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