November, 2007 Archives

Out Of My Sight

November 29th, 2007 Permalink

I love riding bikes, and bicycles are also one of my favorite subjects to shoot. I really like the challenge of trying to capture the feeling of a bike in a photo. Older bicycles and single speeds are a particular weakness of mine. You can see all my bicycle shots over on Zooomr.

Out Of My Sight

I love riding bikes, and bicycles are also one of my favorite subjects to shoot. I really like the challenge of trying to capture the feeling of a bike in a photo. Older bicycles and single speeds are a particular weakness of mine.

You can see all my bicycle shots over on Zooomr.

A Night Like No Other

November 29th, 2007 Permalink

Taken in Barcelona

A Night Like No Other

Taken in Barcelona

Condor Opless

November 28th, 2007 Permalink

Condor Opless

Tiki Man

November 27th, 2007 Permalink

Tiki Man

Zooomr Upload Fix

November 26th, 2007 Permalink

I spend a lot of time over on Zooomr, posting photos, looking at other photos, and chatting on Zipline. There have been some pretty consistent complaints about uploads not working over the last few weeks. Most of these problems were solved last week, but some people were still experiencing either intermittent problems uploading certain photos, […]

I spend a lot of time over on Zooomr, posting photos, looking at other photos, and chatting on Zipline. There have been some pretty consistent complaints about uploads not working over the last few weeks.

Most of these problems were solved last week, but some people were still experiencing either intermittent problems uploading certain photos, or problems uploading ANY photos. I had two shots that I could not get uploaded, no matter what I did with them. After much frustration, I narrowed the problem down to some metadata that was giving Zooomr problems.

The problem area is the IPTC Caption field. Photos with any data there will not upload properly. However, it is easy to fix this when you are editing your photos. If you use Aperture, look for data in the Caption field. It will look something like this:
Aperture Screenshot

Just delete the data in the Caption field.

If you use Photoshop, click the File menu and then select File Info. In the IPTC Content section, look under “Description”. If you see any data there, delete it. It will look something like this:
CS3 Screenshot

Once that data is gone, the photo should upload correctly and appear on Zooomr. Note that any data there — even blank spaces — will cause the upload to fail, so make sure there is really nothing there by clicking in the field and hitting delete.

I hope this will help any of you that were having problems uploading certain photos. Happy shooting!

Not What I Had In Mind

November 26th, 2007 Permalink

Not What I Had In Mind

And The Winner Is….

November 21st, 2007 Permalink

Thanks for all your votes on my post Help Me Pick. The post has been updated to show the total votes for each photo, and comments have been closed. The winners were: Number one: “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” with 13 votes Number two: “Make Another Round” with 11 votes Number three: “Number One Crush” […]

Thanks for all your votes on my post Help Me Pick. The post has been updated to show the total votes for each photo, and comments have been closed. The winners were:

Number one: “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” with 13 votes
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

Number two: “Make Another Round” with 11 votes
Make Another Round

Number three: “Number One Crush” with 8 votes
Number One Crush

Ten Years Ago

November 21st, 2007 Permalink

The mid-90′s were exciting times. Screaming fast Pentium chips and Windows 95 were making PC’s do things they never had done before. 56K modems and ISP’s such as Earthlink, CompuServe, and AOL were making the World Wide Web accessible to more and more people. Online communities were forming around common interests. Web sites had more […]

The mid-90′s were exciting times. Screaming fast Pentium chips and Windows 95 were making PC’s do things they never had done before. 56K modems and ISP’s such as Earthlink, CompuServe, and AOL were making the World Wide Web accessible to more and more people. Online communities were forming around common interests. Web sites had more information and less marketing.

Back then, I was living in southern California and was in a less-than-happy place in my life. I spent a lot of time writing, and a lot of time surfing the nascent Web. Somewhere along the way, I submitted some of my writings to various web sites.

Fast forward ten years. The web has change a lot. Computers are faster, and dial-up is a curiosity. I carry more computing power and storage in my pocket than my entire PC had back then. I’m now living in northern California, and in a much better, happier place in my life. I’m still spending a lot of time on the net, blogging, posting photographs, and coding. But the WWW has a long memory.

I started blogging more frequently earlier this year in an attempt to get Google to recognize my name as me — not somebody else. Well, it has worked, which is pretty cool. While browsing through the Google hits on my name, I came across this old site. It’s one of the sites that I submitted my writing to ten years ago. This is probably one of the last remaining copies of anything I wrote back then. I think the original files were lost or destroyed years ago, and there are only a few paper copies of some of my writing. It was a strange feeling to suddenly be transported back ten years.

Which makes me wonder. Where will I be ten years from now? What kind of technology will I regard as a necessity? Will I be surprised to stumble upon this blog posting?

My Monochrome Vision

November 20th, 2007 Permalink

Another one from last Friday’s photowalk at the Emeryville Marina.

My Monochrome Vision

Another one from last Friday’s photowalk at the Emeryville Marina.

Identity Crisis

November 18th, 2007 Permalink

Do you recognize this building as 444 Market Street? If you go to San Francisco and try to find 444 Market Street, you will never find it. The address no longer exists. However, if you look for 1 Front Street, you will find this building. What is going on? Why do some people call it […]

Perspectives Change

Do you recognize this building as 444 Market Street? If you go to San Francisco and try to find 444 Market Street, you will never find it. The address no longer exists. However, if you look for 1 Front Street, you will find this building. What is going on? Why do some people call it 444 Market, and some call it 1 Front?

I got curious, so I went inside and asked the people at the security desk, and here’s the story.

Apparently, this building used to have the address 444 Market Street. However, it was sold, and the new owners changed the address to avoid any association with the previous owners. The security people said that they still have equipment marked “444 Market”, and people still call it 444 Market. So I think I will tag my shots of this building with “444marketstreet” and “1frontstreet” just to add to the confusion.

This building is one of my favorite buildings in San Francisco to shoot. It has so much interest. You can see all my shots of 444 Market on Zooomr, or check out everybody’s 444 Market shots. Good stuff.