Archive for the ‘Flickr’ Category

All Questions Answered

December 28, 2009

Even dumb ones – by the Flickr community!

I photographed a car in Bangkok that I didn’t recognise. It had a badge on the boot (trunk) that I misread and became confused. I thought it was an Opel “Calera” or “Galera”. There’s no such thing.
Opel Calera or Galera?
I posted the photo to Flickr and within a couple of hours somebody told me what I should have known anyway: it’s an Opel Calibra. That’s why I like Flickr despite their misguided policies about “voyeurs” and so on. See here and especially here.

Flickr Notes Photo Upload Tool

November 7, 2009

Flickr Noting Upload MethodThis is new: Flickr now notes the tool that was used to upload a picture in its “Additional Information” panel. In my case it is invariably “Jeffrey’s Export-to-Flickr Lightroom Plugin“. It provides a link to a Flickr page in its “App Garden” which in turn links to Jeffrey’s web site.

That’s a great idea. Jeffrey has done a superlative job with the plugin and he deserves the publicity. I wish I was still an adept programmer who could write my own plugins.

I wonder if Jeffrey is aware of this new publicity. The Flickr descriptive page needs a screenshot.

Some Flickr Photos Unavailable to Google Reader

November 1, 2009

One problem with using Google Reader to view photos that my contacts have added to their Flickr Photostreams is that Google Reader does not send Flickr my credentials.

This means it only finds Public photos – not photos restricted to Friends and / or Family.

Also Flickr users can hide their photos from external searches using the Privacy tab on their “Account” page.

This is sensible but it means I can easily miss good photos that my Flickr friends wanted me to see if I only use Google Reader to check their Photostreams. I bet not everybody realises this.

I expect the same applies to other services like Picasa Web and Ipernity.

Sometimes when Flickr “has the hiccups” you get a “Photo Unavailable” instead of the photo.

Google Reader Flickr Photo Unavailable-200

Google Reader Flickr Photo Unavailable

That’s understandable too. I think Flickr stops servicing external API requests when it is heavily loaded in order to better serve its members who are using its web site.

I don’t think Google Reader can track comments on Flickr photos. That would be useful.

Voyeuristic Art Comes to Whitechapel, London

November 1, 2009

Whitechapel Gallery

http://globespotters.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/voyeuristic-art-comes-to-whitechapel/

The Whitechapel Gallery (77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; +44-20-7522-7888; www.whitechapelgallery.org) presents the first British retrospective of Sophie Calle, France’s most eminent conceptual artist whose controversial work has often been characterized as voyeuristic.Thirty years ago, Calle started her career following strangers on the streets of Paris, photographing them and taking notes. She soon realized that her surveillance activities provided material with which she could construct their identities. Combining text and photographic images has since formed the basis of her work.

“Following strangers”, “surveillance” … That sounds pretty creepy to me!

All I can say is that it is a good job that Sophie Calle did not try posting her work to Flickr. It wasn’t around in the 1970s. They would have deleted her account, assuming that their prohibitions apply to women as much as men.

See also http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/home#

Lightroom 3 Plugins

October 23, 2009

One of my first questions about Lightroom 3 is whether it will support existing plugins and how the new “Publish” feature relates to his existing Flickr plugin that I have used extensively.

The excellent Jeff Fridel has addressed both issues here. In a phrase “it’s too early to tell”.

I think I will start a new Flickr account to test the LR 3 Beta Publish tool. I don’t want to mess with my existing photostreams and I want all the information in my production LR 2 catalog. I like the idea that with LR 3 I will be able to see Flickr comments in Lightroom – two way integration.

Linking to a Flickr Photo

October 21, 2009
Linking to a Photo on Flickr

Linking to a Photo on Flickr

Flickr gives you two ways to do this. You can display the picture in the size you want, but the link goes back to the Photo’s page on Flickr. Or you can just link to the picture with no link back.

Flickr is kind enough to give you the HTML for both options.

But then they tell you that you must use Option 1 or you’ll be out of compliance with the Flickr Community Guidelines. Remember, Flickr can ban you for not following them – they are more Rules than Guidelines.
So why show Option 2 and tempt users into transgressions?

I am confused. Perhaps there are instances when Option 2 is permitted.

Hasty Flickr

September 8, 2009

It appears Flickr got itself into a major bigger fuss when it responded hastily to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request to remove a photo from the site. See here.

Looks like Flickr has a habit of acting first and thinking later. See here.

The Heather who commented and closed the voyeur thread is probably the Heather referred to in the post above, Flickr’s “Director of Community”. That must be a thankless job.


Thinking of a Third Flickr Account

September 2, 2009

My principal Flickr account, Ian Fuller, is a mixture of vehicle pictures and general Thailand pictures.

The audience for the vehicles is pretty specialized – but they are good Flickr friends and often help me out.

The audience for the travel photos is more general. But perhaps they are put off when they add me as a contact and see too many pictures of the backs of buses.

I get comparatively few views for those pictures. When I tried my “art” project I got almost no views.

In marketing terms my Flickr presence is unfocused. Maybe I will do better to create a new account for one of the two genres. Then I can specialize and create a network of contacts on the more “artistic” side.

It also gives me 200 more photos in my photostream and an additional 100MB of uploads per month.

Of course, counter to that is the hassle of checking and administering multiple accounts. But that is fairly easy in Lightroom given Jeff Friedl’s excellent add-in.

I’ll think about it.

False Bonhomie from Flickr

August 29, 2009

Flickr Welcome to Flickr!Every time I display my main page in Flickr I get a message telling me how to greet somebody in another language!

It’s so friendly!

And now I know how to greet people in SO MANY languages!

Here is a list of the greetings I’ve learned!

  • Ahoy Ian Fuller!
  • ‘Allo Ian Fuller!
  • Hello Ian Fuller!
  • Hi Ian Fuller!
  • Oi Ian Fuller!
  • Yo Ian Fuller!
  • Hala Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Arabic!
  • Salaam Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Arabic!
  • G’day Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Australian!
  • Kaixo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Basque!
  • Mingalaba Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Burmese!
  • Hoi Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Dutch!
  • Bonjour Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in French!
  • Salut Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in French!
  • Guten Tag Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in German!
  • Yasou Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Greek!
  • Aloha Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hawaiian!
  • Shalom Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hebrew!
  • Namaste Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hindi!
  • Szia Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hungarian!
  • Góðan daginn Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Icelandic!
  • Fáilte Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Irish!
  • Ciao Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Italian!
  • Konnichiwa Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Japanese!
  • Bangawoyo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Korean!
  • Labdien Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Latvian!
  • Mbote GB-in-TH!
    Now you know how to greet people in Lingala!
  • O HAI Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Lolspeak!
  • Ni hao Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Mandarin!
  • Kia ora Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Mäori!
  • Olá Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Portuguese!
  • Hola Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Spanish!
  • Jambo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Swahili!
  • Hej Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Swedish!
  • Kumusta Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Tagalog!
  • Moyo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Tshiluba!
  • Merhaba Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Turkish!
  • Sawubona Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Zulu!

Flickr’s Got Hiccups Again

August 28, 2009

I wanted to upload a copy of the Foodland menu to Flickr. I got a new-to-me error message from Jeff Friedl’s Flickr Plugin for Lightroom:

Flickr API Service Not Currently Available

Flickr API Service Not Currently Available

I looked at Flickr in my browser and got the famous

Hold your clicks a moment please…
Flickr has the hiccups. We’re looking into the problem right now.

with no explanation as to why or for how long. It’s 10pm in California which is probably a busy time.