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Yesterday I was walking through Philly's Fairmount Park. There were some beautiful views. So I pulled out my trusty iPhone and started snapping pictures. But I realized I was doing something for the first time. i was looking at the shots and framing some of them so they'd work for Facebook cover photos-- the photos that go across the top of your Facebook home page, with a notch for your Facebook picture on the left side. 
I've begun going through my photos and posting a new "cover" just about every day I'm home. It's kind of a fun way to showcase my photography and share it with my Facebook "friends."
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I'm writing this article because I found it interesting that my photographic eye was "refracted" my my consideration of the use of the photo for a Facebook cover. Since I cover the bottom up revolution, I see this as a manifestation. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's taking photos through "Facebook eyes." 

Go to flickr.com and you'll find over 1200 images tagged with "facebook cover." And here's a link to my collection of facebook covers. 
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I'll be very surprised if, not too far from now, we'll see thousands, if not tens of thousands of facebook covers on flickr. It'll be interesting to see how photography itself is affected by the "Facebook eyes" effect. 
Here's the first photo I took, seeing through Facebook eyes:

my first photo taken through Facebook eyes, at Valley Green, in Philly. It is framed so there's room for the Personal photo notch and for the horizontal frame Facebook uses.
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And here's one that is not taken through Facebook eyes. 

The vertical frame o f this shot does not lend itself 
to a  Facebook cover. 
Now, when it comes to selecting an image for your Facebook cover, you can certainly use images you've already captured or created. But you do want to keep the format in mind. I've played around with a few signs, or images with words, so, it's important that you crop the images so you can read what the signs say. 
Here are some examples:

A message chalked on a sidewalk wall at Occupy Philly at City Hall

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Of course, not all the images have words. They're just fun or interesting images I've captured. 

One of my "drive-by shootings" taken from my car, near Philly.

marchers walking from Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park to Washington DC. I spent a day walking with them when they crossed into PA. 

Three shaved headed cousins and I and my daughter's wedding

Birds on a support of the Trenton Makes the World Takes bridge to Morrisville PA.
Check out more, and my latest uploads to my facebook covers page here.


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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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