Inside the CeBIT '05 exhibition in Hannover - the worlds largest ICT Fair, where ICT stands for Information, Communication & Technology – the expo was found in 25 giant halls spread over a vast area. So vast, that there were two lines of free bus transfer on the grounds.
With such a large amount of exhibitors it's only natural that you can't – and don't want to – visit them all. A preliminary selection has to be made based on your prime interests. So I was mainly focusing on 'Digital Equipment and Systems' in Halls 1 and 2.
This meant a lot of computers (PCs, notebooks & PDAs), digital photography, digital imaging, digital entertainment, games and consumer electronics. And although I found the mixture of German and English to be confusing, there was a lot to see and be amazed at.
But to be serious, when you've seen one 62 inches flat screen HDTV that shows a razor-sharp DVD image, you've seen them all. And nothing, nothing, compares to that. So after a while you just drift around looking for... nothing.
And suddenly your eyes catch something exceptional, and you end up looking at a most professional presentation on 'Business Processes', where a man and an industrial robot interact in the most spectacular way. I don't know what was presented - but no matter how the screen was placed or turned around - the displayed image was horizontal at all times. A beautiful programming.
This was definitely a different kind of IBM demonstration!
Image cropped, ran autolevels, adjusted brightness +5 and contrast +10, increased saturation +5 and reduced in red –10, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 60%, framed and saved for Web.
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avigur_11 (22107) 2005-05-06 8:50
Fantastic catch, Kaj. Usualy they don't allow to take pictures in this exhebitions, and I m really glad that you did. Very sahrp, corful and well captured. This guy seems to be very proud in his robot.
ChristianS (2997) 2005-05-06 10:56
Hej Kaj, very nice composition, man vs. machine. The thumbnail caught my attention immediately, I think it were the appealing colours. The picture is very sharp and clear and that brings out the multitude of details. And a very informative note. Bra gjort!
orme (7219) 2005-05-06 12:08
Wonderful colours, Kaj - both in the 'blue flames' and the 'golden corner' in the top right corner. The sharpness of the robot is really excellent. Well seen and captured.
Ebbe (9617) 2005-05-06 12:09
A great one Kaj! I like the polished industrial look, everything shines, even the human is polished! Nice graphics too with a lot of repeated shapes. Good contact with the guy and he and the robot points at the same thing.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-05-06 14:06
Well I acknowledge that this is taken at the booth of the major competitor of my employer, but it is definitely a vivid and amazingly detailed result. Actually the best thing for me is just how you managed to render the lights and colors in this one, it looks so real that it almost jumps at me out of my monitor. The bald guy is an interesting character, slightly geeky-looking and thus seeming to ideally fit into this type of surroundings (just joking). I really like this one.
maphoto (8082) 2005-05-06 20:49
Very nice Kaj, I have the impression to be looking through this high tech monitor, your picture is very clear with perfect light, colorful and nice details. very well done.
kinginexile (2598) 2005-05-07 1:45
I thought it was a scooter and your shot (thumbnail) was sideways (talk about breaking rules!).
For all the love I have for natural and saturated colors , i like this metallic futuristic rendering of them here. Apt compo as well.
kent_s (1911) 2005-05-07 16:55
To me this shot is a puzzle. First of all it has the same sharpness you meantion in your note. For what I can see it's taken with no flash(es). The second thing that cross my mind is that you managed to get an impression of that this is taken with a camera in at least middle format size i.eg. hasselblad. Actually I had to check the size on your camera at dpreview, and it's small as 5.27 x 3.96 mm which is exactly the same as my own.
extremely well done Kaj
MvS (4163) 2005-05-07 17:41
Fantastiskt bra resultat. Färgerna är imponerande och motiven futuristiska, men mannen ger lite verklighetsförankring även om han ser rätt anpassad ut...
justinovicius (11) 2005-05-13 20:01
.... Very good quality as for this type of photo camera, did you use a polarizer? Very good shot! Thank you for sharing it.
pamastro (7290) 2005-05-15 13:20
This one has a lot of activity in it, Kaj. There is a good discourse going on between the man and the robot. A very good point, counterpoint kind of look that really brings out your title well. The colors are excellent and it's nice and sharp throughout. I also like the contrast between the background of the robot and the man adding to the tension between sides. And having no heads or obstructions between you and the two makes for a great feel of being immersed in an audience and getting your head above everyone to see all the action. So this really succeeds well in creating a dynamic and easy to immerse in image, for me. Well done, Kaj.
Clochette (8076) 2005-05-28 13:53
On this one, I must confess I was much more attracted by the lines and colors, than by the strange machine ! This photograph has something I cannot explain, something very "pure" and appealing. I also like the futuristic mood. Congrats Kaj.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-12
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 200
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/50 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-06 8:17