Been an interesting week of weather. Yesterday in the mid 40s C, today just barely made it to 20C Mind I’m pretty happy with the cooler weather. Then by mid-afternoon, lovely clear blue sky and a coolish breeze. Go figure.
Many of the regulars here are also members on Flickr. Flickr seems destined to shoot itself in the foot and alienate the very people who have loyally stuck with it over the years. Who can forget the dreadful, Black Page Format, that nearly gave the viewer migraine, but we persevered.
Now it seems the new owners have no notion of the importance that many users—well, at least the ones I follow— place on the smaller sub-communities of likeminded folk who regularly post, comment and enjoy the work of their community groups. Just like having friends on fb, but actually friends. And being able to meet them in person and travel to places with them makes it all the more interesting.
But the new 1,000 picture limit is going to strain the friendships I feel. Mind the cost of a Pro account (and unlimited pictures) is only a few cents a day, and not much more than a pub meal night out for two, so it’s not a serious financial burden.
My disappointment with it, is I get nothing new for my extra investment. I don’t want to upload every photo I ever took. I’m in the process of backing up my entire library as far back as 2004, (the earlier ones are on CD and DVD, how’s that for old technology. Some of those were transferred from SCART Tape Drives. (you young’uns will need to ask prof google about that).
I’m using GoodSync. And its all going to a NAS system from Western Digital. And Goodsync has reliably informed me, that 5,203 hours are needed to move the images over the Gigabit network I’m using. But to be honest, I think the speed is an inherent problem of WD’s cheep NAS hardware/software.
Oh yeah, the point!
Well if I was to upload all those to a Pro Account and then try to search for them and do all the stuff I normally do in a week with my current pics, it might be as much as 3 days between images. Given that my NBN is not exactly scorching the cables to move data about.
So I’m —as they say— a bit ambivalent about Flickr Pro account. Don’t panic, I’m not abandoning Flickr, just pondering if I can live with the 1,000 image limit. I still want to keep in touch with folk.
We have been working with Latham’s Snipe at the Heathdale Glen Orden wetlands.
The other morning we glimpsed a Nankeen Night Heron, and, well, EE managed a couple of good shots of it inflight. ‘Nuff said. She’s good like that
We were back yesterday morning, before the heat, and I saw the bird go into a tree. I had to wade about in the water to get an open shot, but reckon the result was worth the sloshing about in the mud.