About to braai…

…but wouldn’t want to miss out on sharing a few pictures from this morning at the Waterfront. It was a visit prompted by half the family volunteering at the Woof Project (including Puppy Duty):

The place wasn’t as busy as you might think and so we had a wander, had a drink or two, had a very nice burger or three, and took a few photos.

If I remember (you can remind me if you want), I want to try something a bit different with one of the pics. But right now, there’s a pile of Kameeldoring turning into beautiful coals, and a nice cold Black Label both awaiting my immediate attention outside.

Best photos 2019

It’s mid-December and I’m beginning to write a few posts for the upcoming weeks in order that I don’t have to write a few posts during the upcoming weeks. Bloggers need a break too, you know.

I watched this video today: a comparison of golf and photography, which (eventually, excruciatingly) gets around to the point that much as you don’t have to break a course record each time to play a round of golf to enjoy your day, neither do you have to manage to get amazing photos each time you take your camera out.

Be realistic. Manage your expectations. Concentrate on getting the basics right. Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Have fun smashing the ball around the course, never mind if you don’t hit the green every time. Enjoy getting out and about taking photos, and worry less about the results. Learn from your mistakes.

It’s all good advice.

I’ve taken over 12,000 photographs this year. I’ve been doing some rudimentary calculations, and I make that over 1,000 each month. And this month hasn’t even finished yet. The vast majority of those were for a work project, and I’m pretty happy with the way that things worked out there. But maybe only around 120 of those were real top-notch “keepers”.
I’ve been doing some rudi… ag… look, it’s about 1%.

The joy of digital photography is that you can go and shoot almost limitless numbers of images in the hunt for that 1% or that 120. Had I not been a) traveling and b) often under time pressure, I’d like to think that I might have managed the same number of good shots (or even more) from a much smaller overall total. There are different ways of getting a reasonable amount of decent photos and this high volume approach suited my needs for this project. Incidentally, if I did the same project again, I’d also probably manage a better ratio: it was a steep learning curve.

As for Flickr, I uploaded “just” 143 images this year, against my overall average of 630. 35 of that 143 were from our Karoo road trip and 17 of them were from the above mentioned work project, meaning that just 91 (64%) of them were from “non-specific” occasions.

And of them all, I can count just 10 that I think are really good. Not worldbeaters, not course records, but just decent images that I am properly happy with. 10 out of 143 out of 12,175.

Sadly, very few of that 10 can be used as easy blog fodder over the festive period, because I have already shared them because I liked them so much. Which leaves me the choice of about 133 mediocre images to put on here until whenever I start “properly”blogging again.

Lucky you.

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.