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Typical Houston

By GeorgeP
Some time ago, John Duder wrote an article entitled ĎThink Global But Shoot Local' - That's How You Avoid Copying Everyone Else. This sounded like good advice and, since Iím interested in old photos of my childhood city (Belfast, N.I.), I thought about taking my camera with me on a trip into Houston today. Maybe some time in the future somebody might find my photos of 2019 Houston interesting.

This is a typical street intersection in West Houston. As I was looking at the product, I suddenly realized that my efforts might be redundant. After all, Google Maps has already covered this intersection. Better yet, they appear to be repeating the process at regular intervals. So, a question, ďare street scenes that only document the geography, superfluous?Ē

Tags: Street History Houston Landscape and travel

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Canonshots 9 201 13 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2019 9:54AM
This is quite interesting in the present, let alone the future.

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.4k 630 England
28 Feb 2019 2:24PM
Google's images are taken from the top of a car, there's no thought gone into composition and timing. Yes it's a representation of the steeet but not necessarily the best (and when I've used google sometimes the detail I wnted isn't there). It can be quiote distorted, too.

What about the look and feel of the street at dawn, dusk, etc. There are many times where the general street geography isn't captured by google. Changes may be more rapid than a google update, too such as construction projects.

Could there come a time when google no longer updates or charges for content or withholds content?
You might then have the only record (that's availablre).

Indeed this shot may look very dated in just ten years time if we've moved over to Mr Musk's type of vehicles.
My Mum used to say nothing stays the same forever, how right she was time waits for no man or women for that matter , so in my view your intersection will remain relevant for as long as it remains the same after that itís history.


Ps Superb image

14 Mar 2019 10:30PM
Take away the palm trees and this could be anywhere in America . Exchange cars for ones from the 1950ís and we would be transported back in time . Google canít do that ...but photoshop can !
Cheers Walt

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