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Frickin’ David Bailey?

Me,Photography Monday 19th September 2011

I’ve been getting vary lax with my photo uploading lately. I’m aiming to catch-up over the upcoming weeks. Here’s the start of the updates.

First up here are some from a long weekend we had in Troon. We had a very wet and windy visit to the nearby wee island of Cumbrae:

In the summer we visited my parents in Teesside and popped down the coast to Runswick Bay:

When my parents visited a few months back we travelled on the train to the Summerlee Heritage Park:


My Photo Workflow

Photography Wednesday 17th March 2010
  1. Plug my Fuji F31fd in via USB
  2. Fight with Windows Explorer to actually get it to display some thumbnails from the camera. What was wrong with just showing cameras as mass storage devices?
  3. Drag and drop photos from trip into new folder on my HDD
  4. Browse through photos using the fullscreen view in IfranView
  5. Cull any rubbish, duplicates etc. Manually eyeball “highlights” that I want to upload to Flickr
  6. Open up Flickr Upload
  7. Drag my chosen “highlights” from Explorer window into Flickr Uploader
  8. Re-order, rotate and add to sets where appropriate
  9. Hit upload – wait a while…
  10. Browse photos on flickr adding metadata where appropriate and cropping/adjusting using Picnik
  11. Sit back and admire the Set view on Flickr
  12. Run SyncToy to mirror my photos to a second HDD

Pretty clunky I know.

What I really want is a way of tweaking my photos online and getting those changes mirrored back locally. Slightly hampered by the fact that my local photos are on my desktop PC, which gets turned on monthly at the moment. Ideally I would have all my photos on some kind of NAS which I could then edit and upload from via my imaginary Macbook Pro and access the NAS remotely from work, pub etc. Oh and NAS should backup into the cloud. For free.

How does this compare to your workflow dear readers?


USA Part 1

Photography,Travel Wednesday 4th November 2009

Last month Ria and I had two weeks in the USA travelling from New York to Boston to Chicago and then back to New York. After travelling ~8,300 miles on 6 flights, 2 rail journeys and numerous subway systems we’d taken a lot of photos. It’s taken me up until now to get photos from New York sorted out and put up online. Here they are:

View on Flickr

The trip was amazing! We ate lots of fantastic food, saw great shows, went up tall buildings, drank cocktails, went to zoos, took boat cruises, ate some more food, saw the sites, did shopping and generally stood around looking up and gaping at the tall buildings.

More photos to follow of Chicago and Boston.


Photo Avalanache

Photography,Travel Friday 18th September 2009


Playing with Animoto

Movies & TV,Photography,Technology Monday 14th April 2008

Animoto generates “shorts” compiled from your photos and set to music. They render lots of fancy effects, using your photos, apparently in time to the music. Pretty neat!


My Flickr Highlights

Photography Monday 6th November 2006


Flickr Happenings

Design,Photography Wednesday 17th May 2006

So I notice that flickr have had an interface re-design away from using bits of flash and into the oh so fashionable realm of AJAX. The drop-down menus at the top remind me a little of the Office 97 menus which (back then) totally destroyed the idea that Microsoft have any kind of UI guidlines or consistency. But hey, its all good. Even more things happen instantly with out a page load, the new organizr is a work of art and the new user inspector popup thing is way cool.

Last week whilst on a Flickr uploading spree of my Beltane photos I hit the free account photo set limit and bought a Pro account, it was just too easy, and they took paypal. My grand scheme (aside from the volcano lair) is to make Edinburgh Urban Art (currently languishing in ‘forgotten’ land) a super-awesome front end onto flickr using the API. I’m not even sure what I want is possible with the API but any kind of easy user collaboration will be better than its current state. To start the ball rolling in this direction I’ve founded an Edinburgh Street Art group to collate all the fantastic stuff we see around the city. Get uploading!


Safe Landings

Photography Friday 16th December 2005

International Urban Glow

Photography Monday 24th October 2005

Awesome pictures of underground Britain

Update: Uh-oh, they’ve exceeded their bandwidth 🙁


Have You Ever Seen A Man Painting A Post Box?

Edinburgh,Photography Tuesday 23rd August 2005