COBA, Photography

April COBA Meeting

The April 2006 meeting of the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 from 7:30-10:30 pm in the Orange Room at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Future Location Change

I’ve just been informed that due to new Federal Regulations at SLAC (the Center is partially funded by the U.S. Government), we will not be able to use the Orange Room for future COBA meetings. We will spend 15 minutes brainstorming alternate meeting locations for COBA!



Imagine having everyone in your photographs instantly recognized and annotated. This is the promise of Riya, a Silicon Valley based startup.

Burak Gokturk, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder will present his company’s exciting photo recognition service. “Burak is the ‘brain’ behind Riya’s photo recognition technology, and leads the research team. It is Burak’s desire to bring the usefulness of the computer vision science to human’s attention in this exciting venture. His team’s current work aligns with this goal and includes detection and recognition of faces, text and objects in photos taken under uncontrolled conditions.”

Retouching and Enhancing Your Photos

Want to erase someone from a photo? Confused about when to use the healing brush, the clone tool, or the patch tool? Can a little rotation turn your photo being bland to interesting? We’ll go over several techniques for enhancing your photos.

COBA, Journal, Photography

COBA Location Help

I’ve just been informed that due to new Federal Regulations, we might not be able to use the SLAC Orange Room for future COBA meetings. This puts me in a bind, as April 12 is the next scheduled COBA meeting, with photo recognition software company, Riya, as the featured presenter.

We’re trying to see if the SLAC auditorium will be available. If so, attendees might have to pay a fee (like the last time we had an event there).

Anyone have access to a venue near Palo Alto that can accommodate 40-50 people on the evening of the 12th?

Update: We’ve been given permission to use the Orange Room this month, but next month, we’ll either need to rent the auditorium or find another venue. I’ll be sending out the meeting announcement shortly.


Family Style

Rae is performing next weekend with her dance company, Facing East Dance and Music. The performance is called Family Style: The Many Tastes of Facing East and will happen on April 14 and April 15 at SomArts in San Francisco. You can buy tickets here. Come to the event and bring your friends!

Anna Ho graces the cover of the Family Style flyer. She, her sister and cousin came to Clubertino a few weeks ago for the photo shoot! That’s Rae in the second photo on the left too (the bottom photos were done by Matt Haber)!

The week after, Facing East is traveling to Ohio to be the featured performance at Wright State University’s Asian Culture Night. I wonder how many Asians are going to be there. We both had friends from college who were from Ohio, and I have heard there is a sizeable community there. While on the Vienna Teng East Coast Tour in 2003, I remember the Duke University performance where it seemed like all the Asian Duke students were there for the performance.

Finally, I have Palm to thank for helping to purchase my ticket to Dayton. All those trips traveling back and forth between Santa Clara and Boston have paid off. I accumulated enough miles to qualify for a free airplane ticket!