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Best of 2017

An annual tradition, including some photos that haven’t been blogged yet. As always, looking back on my photos from the year is a good reminder of how the year has brought about many changes, starting out with a lot of work travel, some Oregon coast trips, a couple of vacations and a lot from our new home in Louisiana.

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Best of 2016

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New Category – Window Seat Photography

On a recent flight, one of many, it occurred to me that I spend a lot of time in airplanes and traveling around. It got me thinking about new things I could add to my blogs and social media. So, in addition to the travel tips section I’m adding to my professional blog, I’m also adding a couple of new photography things as well.

First, I’m going to add a section to the photo blog for pics taken out the window of airplanes. They will generally e taken with my iPhone, and out of a window, so I don’t expect the quality to be as good, but it’s kind of fun to see the world from that angle.

Highways and byways

Secondly, I’m also going to be playing around with Snapchat stories a bit as I travel around, as a way to sort of keep people posted on where I am and what’s going on. If you want to see what I’m doing each day, you can follow me there. Be warned though, that when I’m working from home, the story may not be very interesting, if I even update it. 😉

 

Flickr Starts Auto-Tagging Photos, Creates a Mess

I have to admit, I wasn’t even aware that Flickr was going to start auto-tagging photos hosted on it’s service until I saw an article complaining about it.

I didn’t like what I saw in the article. I liked the idea even less when I went over to my Flickr account to see what these new tags looked like on my own photos.

It isn’t pretty. Take this set of tags for a photo of a flower.

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Now, at least Flickr was kind enough to show my tags in gray and the auto tags in white, so people who understand what is happening don’t think I’m just a pain. On the other hand, these tags don’t offer much benefit. For example, the “outdoor” tag has been applied to over 2,000 of my photos, making it basically useless for organizing photos, and something that requires more time than I have to fix.

In order to see how effective Flickr’s tagging is, I’d have to use a less frequent tag, so I clicked on the “plant” tag.

That tag was applied 205 times. Including for this shot of St. Andrews.

Landscape

I mean, yeah, maybe if you want to consider the grass of a golf course a “plant”, I could maybe see that, but that’s hardly a tag anyone would use to categorize this photo.

Let’s continue down the rabbit hole shall we?

The photo of St. Andrews was also auto-tagged “field”. Again, a not very useful description, but let’s follow that tag and see where it leads.

52 photos were tagged field, but I’m still looking for the field in some of them.

Setting Sun in the Port

A field of water maybe? Also, this photo was tagged “sand” as well. Yeah, ok….

Anyway, the point is not to ridicule Flickr’s erroneous tagging, the point is that tagging of photos in any social network should be done by the person uploading the photos. Tagging is a part of the content of a photo that I decided to use as a way to link various photos together, whether it be by subject, location etc. By auto-tagging, Flickr has, essentially, usurped my ability to tag things in a way that makes sense to me and a way to help people looking at my photos to find similar photos. The service has disrupted a tool that was being used by many, many users as part of a strategy.

It’s as if Twitter started automatically adding hashtags to tweets without your consent, or Facebook started automatically tagging people and pages without giving you a way to disable it, and both went back into your history and added those things to thousands and thousands of posts, making it nearly impossible to clean up. That’s what Flickr did, and I can understand why people are unhappy about it!

So, if you see a white tag on a Flickr photo, understand that it wasn’t tagged by the photographer. Also, if you want to see tags the way the photographer meant them to be used, only follow the gray ones. For now, it seems as if Flickr is at least not co-mingling items tagged automatically with those results, but who knows how long that will last.

Best of 2014

An annual tradition, going through the photos on Flickr taken this year and putting them together in a “Best of” slideshow.

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If you’re unable to view the slideshow, feel free to head over to Flickr and see the album!

Best of 2013

It’s been an annual tradition for the last few years on my website to put together my favorite photos of 2013. This year, since I now have a blog specifically devoted to photography, it only seems appropriate to bring that tradition over here with me! As I’ve often said in previous years, I make no claim that these are the “best” or most popular photos that I’ve taken during the past year, but they are my favorites. I hope you enjoy some of them too.

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The slideshow above does require Flash, so if you’re looking at this post on an iOS device, just go over to Flickr and check out the set!

Here hoping you have a great 2014!