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The latest blog to go viral is one that sounds a lot less funny than it is.

I saw friends on Facebook linking to this Tumblr called “Reasons My Son Is Crying.”

By the name of it, I thought it must be some kind of parenting blog, which, frankly, sounded less than interesting to me. But the more and more links I saw, the more inclined I was to check it out.

I’m glad I did.

The blog doesn’t give an explicit explanation of what it is, but the entries make it pretty clear. The author posts photos of his toddler son crying in various scenarios, each seemingly more absurd than the last.

"I wouldn’t let him drown in this pond." (My personal favorite.)

"I closed the refrigerator door."

"I asked that he not wipe his muddy shoes off on my car seats."

"It took me longer than 0 seconds to take his shirt off."

The accompanying photos show the child crying over that particular event, which pulls at your heartstrings while simultaneously tickling your funny bone.

Maybe we shouldn’t be laughing at the fate of this teary-eyed youngster, but it’s just too hard not to.

Check it out here.

Today, social photography site/app Instagram released a list of the “most-Instagrammed” places in the world for 2012. I was curious to see what the results would be, especially because the photo service is used across the globe.

In the No. 1 spot? Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, where more than 100,000 photos were taken — and Instagrammed.

Rounding out the top 5:

The Instagram list goes on to include the top 10 spots, but it left me wondering: What would East Tennessee’s top spots be?


(Instagram photo by user @johnschumacher_)

My guess is that Neyland Stadium would be No. 1 for our region, followed by shots of the Smoky Mountains, Sunsphere, University of Tennessee and Downtown Knoxville/Market Square.

What do you think are some of the most-photographed places in East Tennessee?

I was instantly intrigued when I saw a recent headline from BuzzFeed: Maybe it’s time to carry a real camera again.

Then the image: an iPhone / ≠ / Canon point-and-shoot camera.

I admit, ever since I began using an iPhone, my view on certain things has changed. And one of those things is definitely how I take photos.

Yes, I own a DSLR and love shooting photos. But when I have my iPhone on me all the time, and the photo quality is respectable, I find it more convenient to just take photos with my phone. And I generally have few problems with that.

But this BuzzFeed article explains:

One thing I noticed when I first used a Retina iPad, which automatically pulled in my old iPhone shots from the cloud, was that these “good enough” photos looked awful. Grainy, blotchy, and even kind of blurry. Evidently the new Retina MacBook has the same effect.

The new MacBooks will come equipped with these special, high-definition displays that, apparently, might change the way images have previously looked on screen.

If you know what to look for (dynamic range and saturation, mostly), you can tell that the photo on the left came from a cellphone. If you’re not picking nits, though, you won’t notice, unless you’re using a large Retina screen. Few of us are right now, but within a couple years, super-high resolutions will be the norm. Then, looking at our old cellphone photos will feel like watching SD cable on an HDTV. It’s going to be horrible, and it’s going to make us all feel like we jumped the gun a little. Good enough won’t be good enough anymore.

Fountain at Bonnaroo in 2011

Fountain at Bonnaroo in 2011 (taken via Instagram).

I’m at home today, preparing my gear and snacks for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! Reporter Hayes Hickman, photographer Adam Brimer and I will depart for our three hour-long drive to Manchester, Tenn., early tomorrow morning.

Our Web coverage of Bonnaroo has changed heavily in the past decade, and that’s the topic of my Sunday print #trending column.

In 2002 and 2003, our Bonnaroo coverage was cursory with stories and photos and perhaps an entry or two just for the Web.

In 2004, music reporter Wayne Bledsoe and photographer Saul Young shared their ‘Roo experiences on blogs called “Wayne Blogsoe” and “Saul at Bonnaroo.” A year later assistant visuals editor Lauren Spuhler joined the team, giving our online coverage a boost.

Spuhler shared photos and snippets of the scene in a Bonnaroo blog. She experimented with podcasts, took photos for a Web gallery, and created video profiles of concertgoers with hidden talents — Bonnaroo Idol. In 2007 she started a Twitter account as part of her coverage, sending tweets via SMS. We snagged the Twitter handle @bonnaroo, which was readily available at the time. We sent tweets as @bonnaroo for a while until the Bonnaroo organizers contacted us and claimed their handle. We gave them @bonnaroo and are now known as @bonnaroonews.

Spuhler embraced the upgrades in prosumer technology that boomed in the mid 2000s. She posted a lot more video and tweeted away from the festival. Her followers were enthusiastic and she arranged tweet-ups. (See our coverage from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Some links in the older content may not work anymore due to major technological upgrades, but you get the gist of our coverage plans.)

Owle Bubo

Last year, I took the coverage reins from Spuhler. I had the luck of attending a photo manager workshop a few months before the festival so was armed with some fun apps on my iPhone that I wanted to try out. I used a little point and shoot camera to take video and used my iPhone for photography. Armed with an Owle Bubo device (basically a lens attachment for a phone) I snapped, tagged and uploaded away. I took panoramic images with the phone and also shared photos via Instagram.

The most thrilling part of the process was uploading photos just moments after they were taken. I loved seeing the instant retweets of my coverage and the realtime engagement.

Florence Welch waits for a porta-potty at Bonnaroo 2011 (photo by Adam Brimer)This year, in addition to our usual Web coverage plans on Twitter and Facebook, I will post a lot of photos to Instagram and Tumblr via my iPhone. The Tumblr is a new experiment, and I’m excited to see how many fans, follows and reblogs we will get. The photos we’ve posted on there right now are already generating some interest. A photo by Brimer of Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine waiting on a porta-potty at Bonnaroo in 2011 already has a lot of reblogs.

Brimer will also be posting photos to our Tumblr and sharing photos via his @adambrimer Instagram account.

Videos will be posted to YouTube. Our traditional stories and photo galleries will continue to be posted to www.knoxville.com.

I hope you’ll follow our coverage and get a feel for the Bonnaroo vibe.

PS: In short, here is a concise list with links to all our standard coverage platforms and areas:

@Fatmumslim is an Australian blogger who started a challenge to her social media community to document each day with a photo. She suggests posting them on Twitter or Instagram.

It’s really taken off, following the same challenge in January. I’m seeing a lot of these pop up in my Twitter feed. You can find them by using the #FEBphotoaday hashtag.