Jono Shields

Shooting Black & White

I decided to have a jam with black & white (b&w) film once I fixed up the light leak.

Lots of research later and I discovered that most people recommend overexposing the film by a stop. This adds contrast to the image (we will learn why they need the extra contrast later).

A woman in a cafe

This first shot came out awesome. I love the expression on my mum’s face as she stares into the distance waiting for that first cup of coffee to arrive.

A woman standing in front of a path, trees and grass.

This second one though, is a little disappointing. Athena was in a joyous yellow dress and in the background a red stone path weaves through the green grass. There were plenty of contrasting colours to separate Athena from the background. But alas, in b&w her body disappears into the grass.

Shooting b&w is difficult because you don’t know how it will turn out until you get it developed. Or at least until you learn to compose based on brightness rather than colour.

Reversing Negatives

I have been going through my photos and found one that missed the scanner. Why not try to scan it myself?

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway

I borrowed a DSLR and took the best shitty photo I could.

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway, now with less brown because the colour has been corrected

Then using photoshop I used the Eyedropper tool inside Image > Adjustments > Levels to set the white point and the black point of the image.

Photographic Negative of a car in an alleyway, now it looks like a regular photo

Then just invert the image and BAM!

Light Leak

Girl with orange streak across her face

It turns out the camera I purchased has a light leak😔. Which means that all the photos I took in Japan look like this. I mean it’s pretty cool, but got a bit frustrating looking through 72 of them.

Girl in black and white

I’m not pro enough at photoshop to fix this (yet).

But I figured out how to salvage some of the photos. First by desaturating and then playing with the brightness & contrast.

Day 1

Canon AE-1

I just bought my first serious camera today in Tokyo, Japan. It’s a Canon AE-1 film camera. Gorgeous. I have been eyeing up film cameras for the last couple of months.

I often see something cool on reddit and think to myself. Wow. I want to do that. Then I go through a phase of learning. Handwriting, 3D printers, drones, sewing and more…

This time film cameras. I think the physicalness of it attracted me, the way you create a physical output rather than merely flipping some bits on an SD Card.

So yep. This is my story. Day 1.

Jono learns photography.

Athletic Development

I stumbled upon something called Athletic Development just a few weeks ago and it looks very cool.

Before I start, there is guide for it availble here.

I have been working with Scrum for nearly 3 years now. It has been a pretty great experience, but there are some bits that people with a fixed mindset find difficult. One of the things I like about Athletic Development is just how extreme it is in these areas, it helps to convey just how important certain aspects are.

If you can convince a team to try athletic development then I think it could offer several advantages…

1. Cross Skilled Teams.

Moving from I-shaped to T-shaped is hard. In Scrum we have all the skills necessary in the team so that we can do the job, but sometimes you have a front end heavy sprint or make a change that requires a lot of regression testing. This makes the workload unbalanced, if your team is not ready and stuck in a fixed mindset this becomes a blocker. In a new Scrum Team this is escalated externally and may be handled with more resource, or the risk of the work being delayed is accepted. But if this was an Athletic Coalition then “No one works on anything alone” and “We don’t divide and assign tasks by skillset.”

This is something that can help a new team cross skill and I wish this was explicitly part of Scrum. It also makes it easy for the whole team to feel commitment and ownership of the sprint, because they are all working on everything.

Continuous learning is awesome.

2. No more Product Owner.

It is not like there is no Product Ownership. There is, but the whole team do it. This takes the idea of ownership and empowerment much further than Scrum. It is important to mention though those skills still need to be in the team. You need stakeholder management, customer insights and market trend knowledge, among other things.

3. Deliver value daily.

One of the parts of Scrum that is often overlooked is the purpose of a daily stand up. People get into the habit of sharing a progress update. But the real value of the daily scrum is as a team to inspect and adapt. Look at where you are and where you want to be at the end of the sprint and adapt what your plan to suit. Athletic Development splits this into its own event at the end of the day. The team along with stakeholders look at the increment produced that day, feedback from this session be taken on immediately rather than in the next Sprint.

Scrum mentions that the team can adjust the Sprint Backlog if needed, eg. add or remove items. But it doesn’t talk about how. When we start a sprint we set a goal and then pick the stories needed to achieve that goal. Even with very thorough task breakdown there will always be unforeseen changes to the work, the implementation changes as we progress and learn more during the sprint. So the plan may change, but the goal stays the same. But in Athletic Development there is an expectation set that the Sprint will change course as feedback is received.

Summary.

Overall it looks pretty interesting. The one problem I have with it, is that it looks intimidating. I don’t know any teams that would volunteer to do this unless they do something like it already.

If you want to know more about Athletic Development or just have a chat, then jump into their Slack Channel rather than commenting below.