Although I’ve been busy scribbling articles, I did manage to add a couple of new features to Mejiro. Firstly, it’s now possible to rebuild thumbnails. To do this, append the ?r parameter to the URL as follows:
This empties the photos/thumbs directory inside the Mejiro installation and prompts you to reload the main page to regenerate thumbnails. This feature can come in useful if some thumbnails get corrupted.
Mejiro now includes an upload form that makes it possible to upload photos and accompanying description files directly from the main page. To show the form, use the ?u parameter (e.g., http://127.0.0.1/mejiro/?u).
The good news is that you don’t have to remember all the parameters. The Help link in the footer shows a box listing all the available parameters and their brief descriptions.
Inclusion of the <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width” /> tag now makes Mejiro slightly more mobile-friendly, and the app uses Fira Sans as its default font. As an exercise, I also cobbled together a simple Chrome (and Chromium) extension for use with Mejiro. The extension adds a button which opens Mejiro in a new tab. By default, the extension points to a Mejiro demo, but you can easily edit the URL. The extension is not available on Google Web Store, so you have to install it manually from its GitHub repository.
As always, you can find the latest version of Mejiro at the project’s GitHub page.
Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot? Without saying more, here are some ways to improve your travel photography.
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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.
Whenever I visit the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, I think about Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes novel and film. Like the main character, the lighthouse is fighting an eternal battle against the sand, and there is no happy end to this story either. Due to coastal erosion the lighthouse is not only sinking into the sand, it also slowly but steadily inches closer to the edge of the cliff it stands on. Attempts to slow down erosion were completely abandoned in 1992, and the lighthouse has been standing quietly awaiting its fate ever since. It is expected to collapse into the sea by 2020.
Nikomat FTn, NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8 non-Ai, Ilford XP2 Super 400
But it’s not all doom and gloom, though. The view around the lighthouse is nothing short of spectacular, and this part of Denmark is known for its special light. So when the weather is good, the place makes a perfect spot for landscape photography, especially during golden and blue hours. So if you happen to be in the area, do yourself a favor and visit the place. Keep in mind, though, that the only way to get there is by car (or by bike), and you have to walk to the top of the dune for about a half an hour or so. You can read more about the lighthouse and the surrounding area at the official Rubjerg Knude site (in English).
Fine art photographer Rebecca Litchfield was commissioned earlier this year to photograph the abandoned buildings of the former Soviet Union and its Satellite states. In a long trip spanning over 10 countries and a year of many individual trips, Rebecca shot buildings in Eastern Europe, The Baltic’s, Ukraine and Russia.
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