Go out, get wet

The rain did eventually stop yesterday. 102mm later.

We went out as things were beginning to let up a little and walked by some roaring water. The camera came along, because it always does, and you never really know what you’re going to get with the weird light that follows a day full of cloud and gloom, together with a hint of golden hour hanging around.

Monochrome (or close to it) was certainly still the order of the day though. Whether it was the angry water in the canalised Liesbeek River:

Or the dangerously slippery footbridge going over it.

We came back damp, but happy.

6k display size support

When I recently achieved my milestone on Flickr (I blogged about it here, as you will remember), at the end of the celebratory telegram from Yahoo (everyone gets one of these, right?) was a request for any ideas I might have to improve the platform. I was a little tipsy from all the champagne and Castle Milk Stout, but I think I might have said something about making photos bigger and better. And then signed it with my nom de plume.

Oops.

Now (well, from next week, at least) the new biggest image size for Flickr Pro users is going to be 6k (I thank you) along the longest edge.

We’re tripling our maximum display size for Flickr Pros up to 6K so you can show your photos off in all their pixel perfect glory. The maximum display size of photos is increasing from 2048px on the longest side to 6144px (6K). Now you’ll be able to show off every single detail perfectly on all the latest monitors and displays.

That’s great and all, but I don’t quite understand, given that I’ve been able to view images (mine and other people’s) with far more than 2048px on any given side anyway. I’m sure that my expert photographist readers (you know who you are) will be able to explain this to me, and I hope that they’ll take the opportunity to do so.

All I can guess is that Flickr are actually referring to their BEST display size, rather than the MAXIMUM display size. Because the MAXIMUM display size is clearly already way beyond that 2048 figure:

Anyway, bigger is always better (except in several or more instances where it’s not), so I’m looking forward to this new change, whatever it means.

P.S. Eyes a lot better today, thanks for asking.

One Million Views

Here’s some amazing news about stats I don’t really usually keep an eye on, but I have been keeping an eye on lately.

I have one million views on Flickr.

One million people have looked at my photographs. One. Million!

Now, that will not be a big thing for some people, but it turns out that I’m actually quite chuffed with it.

Let’s have a song to celebrate.

Ironically, at the time of posting, this video has almost 5 million views. And it’s not even their best work. It’s not even the best mix of this song. So I clearly have some way to go to reach the dizzy heights of Goldfish et al.

But one million views is a really good start, thank you.

Plum Blossom

Not just my wife’s affectionate nickname for me, but also a flower on a tree.

I had the pleasure of wandering through a plum orchard in bloom this morning. No plums yet: you’ll have to wait for January or February if you’re looking for actual fruit, but in the meantime, walking between the walls of pure, bright white blossom in the spring sunshine was quite the experience.

Plum blossom is apparently very short lived. Blink and you’ll miss it – if your blink takes about 4 or 5 days. And, in case you are wondering, this looks like a decent season for plums, if the blossom is anything to go by.

Flickr’d

I finally managed to get a few images of the wildlife we saw this week up onto Flickr. Here they are.

Some by me, some by my daughter; some willing birds and animals, some less so. Lizards, Steenbok, Grey Rheboks, Blue Crane (above), Ostriches and a Cape Lappet Moth caterpillar.

The drive through to Black Oystercatcher never ceases to yield some amazing flora and fauna.

I have some sorting out to do on my Flickr stream, and I’ll get to that soon.