Daily Archives: Tuesday, 4th Dec 2007

More Photographic Fun

A while ago, I mentioned the Enjoying Photography Flickr group. Since then, I’ve been a regular participant in the group, and I’ve enjoyed getting lots of comments and helpful advice on my pictures, and indeed commenting on other members’ pictures.

But times change, and all that. The admin team have transformed EP into an all-singing, all-dancing new website, with its own gallery and no Flickrness at all. I signed up for the new site on Saturday, when it was launched. It’s early days, and so far it’s a small group, but it’s looking good, and it should grow and develop over time. As with the original Flickr group, everyone is limited to one picture a day, which makes it easier to keep up with what’s going on. As things are still being updated, the site is currently using a temporary address, but it will eventually be fully integrated and running from enjoyingphotography.co.uk. If you’re reading this before everything updates, you’ll find the temporary address on the EP page.

Of course, you can’t please everyone, and some people rather preferred the idea of staying on Flickr rather than joining another site, and so another Flickr group was born: Foto Fugees. That’s picked up a lot of members over the last few weeks – some from EP and some new people, which is cool. And lots of people are active in both FF and the new EP, which is even cooler.

Reading around various forum posts led me to yet another photography site. I’d read references to Photography Cafe before, but I’d hadn’t found the necessary tuit to actually investigate it. But as I was in a “signing up for things” mood at the weekend, I tracked it down[1], had a quick look and jumped in. The Cafe is a bigger group than I’m used to playing with – well over 1,000 people are registered, though not all are active at any given time. And members are allowed to upload up to three pictures each day. When members comment on pictures, they have the option of adding a rating, which acts as a vote for the POTD[2] and the POTW[3]. I like this, as it acts as an incentive to upload better pictures in the hope of getting some recognition. And would you believe that I’ve had a bit of recognition already? In addition to showing the POTD, the site also shows off all the pictures that have been nominated in the “Cafe Crackers” section of the site forum. And I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find that two of the pictures I uploaded yesterday were in the “Crackers”. Woo hoo!

And all of that explains my earlier remark about needing to upload more pictures. Which I’m sure will be a great relief to all of you who have been racked with suspense. Or not.

[1] Not that it took much tracking…
[2] Picture of the day
[3] Picture of the week

Reds Revisited

I’ve been going back over some of my backlog of photographs. That would be the hundreds thousands of pictures I’ve taken but never quite got round to fiddling with and putting on show, due to my usual tuit issues. As I’ll explain in another post[1], I now need to be uploading at least three pictures a day[2], so it’s time to have another look at some of the untouched ones, and also to have another look at some I’ve put on show before. Coming back to a picture months later can be a Very Good Thing. I find that I often see the picture differently, and think of a different, and (I hope) better way of processing it. Having Lightroom really helps with this – it’s so much easier to fiddle with various options, cropping, tweaking, twiddling and all that kind of thing.

Reds

Reds

The Red Arrows at the 2007 Sunderland International Air Show

So today’s picture is a neglected one from the Sunderland International Air Show. Just a simple picture of the Red Arrows in formation, but I quite like it. The original image had a lot more sky around the Reds, and didn’t look quite right. After a fair bit of experimenting, I ended up with this cropped version. Some minor adjustments in Lightroom brought out the colours of the sky and the planes quite nicely.

[1] Ooooh, suspense!!
[2] Well, I don’t actually need to, but I do want to

Weight Report

OK, insert all the usual clauses about daily variations, probably heavier tomorrow, and all that. But today’s weight is significantly lower than yesterday’s, and is the lowest since I started trying to lose the flab again at the beginning of October. In fact, as of today, I have lost ten whole pounds, which is a good bit of progress. I’m now only 3.2 pounds (1.5kg) heavier than my lowest weight of the year so far, which was back in January. Or to put a slightly less positive spin on it, I’m the same weight I was a year ago.

I walked to work this morning, and surprised myself by walking home as well. I hadn’t actually planned that, I just turned left (towards the bridge) rather than right (towards the bus stop) when I left the office. I got home just before the wind started getting violent, which was lucky.