Although I mostly wield a film SLR camera loaded with a black and white film nowadays, it’s nice to grab a digital camera and photograph colorful stuff for a change. And despite the fact that most plants in the outdoor area of our local botanical garden had bloomed a long time ago, there are still clusters of flowers that make good subjects. Case in point, rudbeckia flowers. So far, we’ve had an unusually hot and sunny summer this year, but rudbeckias survive the heat by hiding in a shadowy patch in the botanical garden.
While walking in the garden, the missus spotted a huge almost neon blue flower which she thought was a thistle. It turned out to be a garden-variety (pun intended) artichoke. Who would have thought that a humble artichoke has such an impressive flower? Not me, obviously.
We’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny days to the fullest but, to be honest, we could now use a rainy day or two. Thanks for stopping by!
Photocrumbs has served well as a working name for my spare-time coding project. But the time has come to give my forgetful photo publishing PHP script a proper name. It took me a while to come up with a good name. I wanted a short and catchy name that reflects my deep interest in Japan. While trawling the web, I stumbled across the Japanese white-eye bird called mejiro in Japanese. It’s small, it’s cute, and it has a short name that sounds unmistakably Japanese — in other words, exactly the name I was looking for. So here it is, Photocrumbs is now Mejiro.
Besides the new name, the current version of the script features a handful of improvements and tweaks. If you check out my Mejiro installation, you’ll immediately notice the new design which makes better use of the screen estate. It works better on small screens, too (although technically it’s not responsive). The most significant improvement, though, is the addition of the navigation links which make it easier to browse the published photos. It may not sound like a big deal, but it took me a while to figure out how to implement this feature (I’m just a weekend coder after all). I’m pretty sure that my solution is not the most efficient, but it does the job.
Using the PHP function posted on Stack Overflow, I also implemented a geolinking feature which lets you view the location of the geotagged photo on OpenStreetMap. This functionality has been at the top of my wishlist for quite a while, and I’m glad I’ve finally got around to adding it. Another minor yet important change: Mejiro now uses .txt plain text files for photo descriptions instead of .php files. If you already have a lot of .php files in the photos directory, you can change their file extensions using the following command (assuming you are using Linux):
for file in *.php; do mv "$file" "`basename $file .php`.txt"; done
Last but not least, Mejiro can now parse IPTC metadata and display keywords for each photo. This feature lets you view tags assigned to photos in digiKam or any other photo management application.
For now, I’ve implemented all the features on my wishlist, but if you have an idea or a request for improvement, you are very welcome to submit it in the project’s Issues section.
When the term decisive moment gets thrown around, it’s usually used to describe a photographic moment that is fleeting — the kind of street photograph that’s there one instant and gone the next.
But the moments captured in these stunning landscape images by photographer Guy Tal are also decisive, not for their fleeting nature, but their rarity.
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I had a few hours to spare last Sunday evening, so I thought I’d tweak a few things in Photocrumbs. But what started as some minor modifications resulted in an entirely reworked version of the application.
If you take a look at the Photocrumbs demo, you’ll notice that the application now uses a different layout: instead of a continuous stream, all photos are displayed as a thumbnail view. Clicking on a thumbnail shows the related photo in a separate view. While a photo stream layout worked well for publishing a handful of photos, the new approach is better suited for viewing a large photo collection.
The new version of Photocrumbs features a slightly more graceful handling of empty metadata, displaying n/a (as in not available) instead of blanks.
Another, rather minor, change is the new logo. I traced a technical drawing from a Nikkormat FTn repair manual using Inkscape and used the resulting SVG file as the Photocrumbs logo. And I added the ability to show user-defined text right under the logo. I use this feature to display photography-related quotes.