5 Card Photo Stories

Alan's working up a 5 Card Flickr Story project to show at Northern Voice, and it's a really fun little application to explore simple visual storytelling. Any photo on Flickr tagged with 5cardnv is sucked into a pool, where 5 photos are chosen at random and presented as a mini story. You can "keep" any of them, or roll the dice for a fresh batch, until you're happy with the frames of the story....

February 9, 2009 · 1 min

Photography Rule #38

Of course, you have to be familiar with the rules because they exist for a reason. But you also need to know when to just ignore them, or flat out contradict them. This shot breaks almost every rule in the book. Composition. Lighting. Exposure. Focus. White balance. But, the emotion and life that pour out of it make it worth laughing at the rules. It's one of my favorite photos of all time....

December 11, 2008 · 1 min

mexicans love the mummy

Yahoo! Mexico posted a photo I took last halloween on the front page of their site. That's pretty cool. Almost 6,000 people have clicked through to view the photo page today alone, making it now my most viewed photo on Flickr. The mummy was back again this year, and I got a shot of it with a wider angle lens.

October 31, 2008 · 1 min

geotagging in Aperture with Maperture

I've been geotagging many of my photos on Flickr, but it's always bugged me that the geolocation metadata was not available in my Aperture library - geotagging only happened after posting photographs to Flickr, and that metadata was essentially lost from my library. That just changed. Now I'm using the awesome new Aperture geotagging plugin Maperture, adding latitude and longitude data directly within Aperture before uploading to Flickr etc... That means I get to keep my metadata....

August 13, 2008 · 1 min

5,000 photos on Flickr

I'm definitely not the most prolific photographer, but it only took me 4 years to publish 5,000 photos to Flickr. Not all are publicly viewable, but they are all available under a simple Creative Commons Attribution license. Here's #5,000 - my 2008/366photos from today, of my son Evan being a typical pyromaniac kid at the campground this morning :-) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="pyromania - evan doing what boys do: find out what burns and what doesn't....

August 4, 2008 · 1 min

flickr interestingness

flickr's interestingness ranking has always been fickle and unpredictable, but I just took a look at a bunch of the photos in the current "7 days" interestingness section, and it's just confusing how some of the photos get in there. I suppose networking and gaming has a lot to do with it, but they seem so formulaic. Step 1: get a cute girl (or, if you happen to be one, shoot yourself)....

July 30, 2008 · 1 min

Testing Flickr Video

Sounds cool, but is the 90 second limit real? Flickr's official stance on the time limit is this: Video on Flickr grew out of the idea of "long photos" and as such, we've implemented what might seem like an arbitrary limit of playing back the first 90 seconds of a video. 90 seconds? We're not trying to limit your artistic freedom, we're trying something new. Everyone has endured that wedding video, where even the bride will fast-forward to the "...

April 8, 2008 · 1 min

on Yahoo + Microsoft

So MSFT is trying to spend $45 BILLION dollars to buy Yahoo. Rumour has it that the borg want Yahoo's search and advertising stuff, which would be a little odd - I can't remember the last time I searched using Yahoo, or saw a Yahoo-powered ad. Whatever. But, Yahoo does own two resources that I care a great deal about. del.icio.us and Flickr. It's pretty safe to say that neither of those are worth $45 BILLION, so it's likely that they aren't the direct targets of the acquisition attempt....

February 2, 2008 · 3 min

Flickr Faves 2007/11/16

November 17, 2007 · 0 min

Flickr Faves 2007/10/24

I can't say how happy it makes me that a good number of these are from good friends of mine :-)

October 24, 2007 · 1 min