I’ve been writing this blog for a while now. You’ve been stopping by, here and there, to check in and look at a picture – maybe read a few words on how it got made. Maybe you just do it to pander to me, but somehow I doubt that – I don’t often convince people to pander, which leads me to believe you like what you see. I’m also under the impression you’re a facebook subscriber. Everybody is a facebook subscriber, unless you’re one of those people uppity enough about preserving your privacy that you’ve quite facebook by now. Talk is cheap, as they say, so I assume you’re still there. Lucky enough, now your two favorite work diversions have come together. You can like and share my blog with your facebook chums:
See that red circle? You can now find the like and share buttons after each post. If you could find it in your heart to spread the love, I’d appreciate it. I do indeed like you.
UPDATE 6/23@2:45 pm: It is a rare day that any post comes close to touching what is clearly my most popular. This bokeh post stands head and shoulders above all others on this blog but today, this guy made it to the top. Thanks for liking me!
I might have told you a few days back that I had migrated the blog to a new host. That was true, except for one thing. During the migration, somehow the database that runs the show and makes everything sparkling and magical got a bit borked. Everything seemed to work, except the plugin I use to show you all the info on each picture couldn’t find things. I tried all sorts of configuration until I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. My options were to attempt to edit the database (a really bad idea), manually remove and reupload all my pictures (a super time consuming bad idea), have my great friend Josh try and fix it (a very promising but ultimately unsuccessful bad idea), or figure out what happened and how to fix it.
In the end, I had to delete my whole blog, including the wordpress install and database , which scares the living crap out of me, and rebuild it. Since the files are all in the same places, after reimporting the XML file I had saved, it mostly came back to life. I had to rebuild all the pages, reconfigure everything, fix some CSS, blah blah blah.
Along the way, there was a little damage. If you were subscribed to a post, that went away. I’m sure I’m more sorry about it than you are and I heartily encourage you to resubscribe if you’d like. If you made a comment on my last post or two, that’s gone too. I really like comments. I miss them already.
Long story short, although there was a bit of damage, I really think we’re back online and relatively trouble-free. I’m not going to touch anything unless I really have to. Please tell me if you see anything funny, otherwise, back to doing the photography thing, no more doing the “make it work” thing.
If you are reading this, odds are my blog has been migrated to a new host. I meant to focus on this a week or two back, but I managed to mangle the translation a few times and well… I need a little me time first.
As far as I know, we’re sitting on a new host. The masthead has been refreshed as well – nice elephant, eh? Other than that, I know of one problem – the exif information (specifics about each photograph) that usually appear in a little table underneath the shot aren’t showing up right. I need your help finding out what else is wrong, because I’m sure there is something.
If you could be so kind as to randomly click three links deep, wherever you want to go, and tell me if you see anything else messed up, I would be forever in your debt. Do it for me, before google finds the problems and destroys my meager page rank.
If you were ever curious about how those pictures of objects seemingly hovering over an endless background (like the ones of my new camera) were shot, you just got a taste of a Light Tent. Most are constructed about the same – like this one. You have what is essentially a box, with opaque panels on most sides that you can shine lights through. There is a long seamless sheet of white or black material that starts at the upper back and swoops down and ends on the foreground floor. They often collapse to a smaller size for easy movement, and unfortunately seem to cost upwards of $150. I’ve been looking for a better way to take pictures of small objects, but at that price, it didn’t seem too attractive. Luckily, I stumbled on a great Strobist article which shows you how to do the same for $10 or less, depending on what sort of trash craft supplies you have laying around. For me, the grand total was $0.
Interested? Read on after the jump.
About four years since my trusty Digital Rebel XT came home with me, I decided it was time for something new. The Canon Digital Rebel T1i, stupid name not withstanding, finally forced my hand. The camera showed up a couple days agoand after far too little time to have much worth saying, maybe I won’t say anything at all – maybe the big smile on my face should say enough. If you want to hear about the new camera and see more pictures, click the jump.
I was just looking back through the Through the Viewfinder stuff I did and noticed that 5 or so of the old posts were missing their pictures. Luckily it seems like I had a backup (can you believe that?) and actually managed to restore them. The problem is that I can’t easily tell if there are any other issues. If you do happen across posts missing pictures or in any other way screwed up, let me know, will you?
Just a quick note – I upgraded the blog today. If you notice anything weird/not working/uglier than normal, let me know, ok? Ok.
So it took about 7 months, but that last post, the one full ‘o cones, was post 100. I had to wait until post 101 to talk about it because you can’t cheap out on #100, right? Well anyway, I had to write something. When I started doing this, I had a lot of pictures saved up that I never bothered to do much with. I loved taking them but didn’t have much motivation to do it, and I didn’t know all that much about post-processing them because I never did much after I pressed the shutter release on the camera. This blog has taught me a ton, but I just wanted to say that more than I probably should, I appreciate the folks who read it. I started this for me, but I know who you are. Thanks for checking in. Double thanks for commenting and letting me know what you like and what you’re interested in. Triple thanks to Christopher Frizzelle The Stranger, who linked to a couple pictures I took and brought about 100x more traffic than I’d ever seen for a period of two days as well as some Arabic language Flickr group who continually makes one of my bokeh posts the most visited on the site. I’m going to keep doing this as long as I can and if you agree to keep coming back, it would make things that much more fun.