Archive for February 2014
Photocrumbs is another spare-time project of mine. Every now and then, I need to quickly throw a handful of photos on the web without going through the rigmaroles of using a full-blown photo sharing solution. So I cobbled together a super simple single-file PHP app for instant photo publishing. Photocrumbs is essentially a single PHP script (plus a favicon.ico file) which can be deployed in a matter of minutes on any web server with PHP and the GD library. Drop the script into a directory writable by the server, and you are good to go (see the project’s page for more detailed installation instructions). To publish photos, simply copy them into the photos directory.
Photocrumbs’ claim to fame is the expiration functionality. When enabled, it automatically deletes photos that are older than a specified number of days. This way, you don’t have to remember to manually remove temporarily published photos. This feature is disabled by default, but you can easily activate it by editing the appropriate settings.
Other Photocrumbs niceties include the ability to add descriptions to each photo (either by entering text into the UserComment EXIF field or by creating an accompanying .php file), and support for basic EXIF info. For each photo, Photocrumbs displays key info like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and timestamp.
The missus and I used my birthday as an excuse for an overnight trip to Copenhagen. We started our day with a short photo walk around Kalvebod Brygge and Islands Brygge. The area features some fine specimens of modern architecture including the Frøsilos, former corn silos converted into an upscale apartment complex for the well-off.
By the way, while doing my research, I stumbled upon the MIMOA architecture guide which offers a cornucopia of useful information about modern architecture in cities around the world. I think it can be a handy reference for anyone interested in architectural photography.
Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0, shutter speed: 1/250, ISO: 400
For amateurs like me, the Lighthouse complex in Aarhus is a nice place to hone architectural photography skills. And for my recent photographic pilgrimage to the buildings, I decided to use a Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall lens (the CW-28 model). I bought it cheaply a long time ago, and I even took it with me on our latest trip to Tokyo. But, for some reason, I didn’t really use it a lot. In case you are curious, head over to the Life and photography machines blog to read a detailed review of the lens. Despite its age, CW-28 is a rather capable lens, and it turned out to be ideally suited for shooting buildings.
From the Lighthouse Diary series. Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400.