My Best Shot by Kristian Bertel
This week the photographer Kristian Bertel shares the beautiful picture of women at work.
And here is why this is Kristian's favourite shot:
"This shot was taken at Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan and shows an Indian woman carrying stone. I'm a photographer who covers issues within the range of travel photography and documentary photography. The beautiful fort is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Amber Fort is all-built in white marble and red sandstone and I tried to capture the sunlight in between the pillars of the Amber Fort in the background of the photo. Besides that, I found the colourful clothing of the three women interesting, because this gives the photo a contrast to the background. The women in the background are situated in the shadow area, while the walking woman walks in the sunlight. I think this gives the photo an interesting appearance. While the sun was shining strongly I had to make sure not to burn out the white areas of the sourroundings. I used a small aperture to get the woman in the front stand out in the photo and I shot slightly underexposed to catch the details in the sari."
Title: Amber Fort | Camera: Nikon D200 | Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR | Focal Length: 70mm | Aperture: f/2.8
Amber Fort by Kristian Bertel
Facebook Integration + Bug Fixes
I've beefed up facebook support and made it really easy to like/share your content on Facebook.
In addition, I've fixed some bugs in the text editors so that you can now post stuff on your iPhone/iPad/iWhatevers.
More to come soon!
I've been getting reports that odd things are showing up in odd places here. I think I must have changed something that may have improved performance, but sacrificed stability. When I find time, I'll see about fixing it. Hopefully, that time will come soon as it is very annoying!
Strange login page errors
If you were getting "module not found" or "page not found" errors when trying to log in last night, I've fixed the issue. Can't explain why the system decided to go afoul, but if it keeps up by all means drop me a line--don't be shy :-)
A Group Idea
Yes, a story about the website. How boring :-) Hear me out though because this might be a good idea.
Flickr has them. Facebook has them. Myspace has them. Everybody has them. Photographica, I think, should have them. A group would be basically a mini version of Photographica with its own sections, and possibly its own forums and challenges. Here are some examples of a group that one might create:
- Seattle Photographers Group
- Nikon Owners Group
- Urban Photography Group
- Newbie Group
Anybody with an account should be able to start a group on Photographica. Initially, group membership would be open to all, but in the future I'd add support for invite-only groups as well. These groups would have very granular permissions and the owner could delegate tasks to their own editors just like is done here on Photographica. Further down the line, if a group got big enough, its members could pool together, purchase their own domain name, and start their own "real" website with very little fuss.
What about stories?
How would you write a story in this regeme? The same as you do now. You'd start with a draft and when you are finished you would publish the draft to one or more groups, each with their own sections and rules about how often you could post. That is right, I'd get it so a single story and its comments would be shared across one or more groups and even websites--for example if you created a really cool abstract art peice in Photoshop and were in some "Photoshop Artists Group" on Photographica and you were on a "Abstract Art" group on artClick, you'd post the story to both places. The comments would be shared across both websites.
What about the front page of Photographica?
This is where it gets tricky. Flickr doesn't really have a "front page" like we do. I like our front page, and I think you all do as well.. it makes things more intimate because your work is shown for all to see. Keeping this in mind, I have a few ideas that I'd like to toss out:
- Photographica's front page shows all stories posted, including those from any group.
- The front page show only stories that the author chose to post there. Keep in mind that the author can post a story to both the front page *and* a group.
- The front page shows only stories that group owners and editors select.
- The front page shows stories show content front groups the system deems "popular" (as in gets enough comments, gets enough visits, etc)
- Some combination of the above.
I dont want it to loose intimacy and "everybody knows everybody" feel of Photographica, but I also think the idea of groups is something many of you would really like. Unlike voting, I think it would solve many of the problems with peoples hard work getting lost; the groups would probably move slower then the front page, but if the group is big enough, your work would still have lots of eyeballs.
So, two questions:
- Is this a good idea or am I full of it?
- If it is a good idea, what would the front page show?
New Story Editor
I'm pleased to announce an upgrade to the story editor. You should be able to do the same things you were able to before. I've yet to find a good icon to use for either the popup image button and the slideshow button. Right now they are the same icon, which is rather confusing. The left button is the popup, the right is the slideshow (if you are a subscriber). Even if you click the wrong button, it will not matter because you can just switch tabs.
If you are a graphic designer and want to donate a couple of 22x22px gifs, I've be very grateful.
Let me know if any of you have questions or encounter any problems!
UPDATE: Subscribe for a year, get a free t-shirt
That is right, if you subscribe for a year, you'll get a brown short sleeve t-shirt for free! The catch? The quantity of shirts is limited so you better hurry.
I've only got six
seven left in the following sizes:
- 2 Double Extra Large
- 1 Medium
- 1 Small
Once you subscribe, send me a PM and I'll give you a coupon code that you can use at the shop (http://shop.mozimedia.com) to get your free shirt.
Get them while they are hot!
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Your Photo Guide to Today's Outage...
At 4:00pm PDT today, somebody decided to plug their brand new $20,000 refridgerator sized Cisco Router into the power provided by our data center. Rather than turning on like a good giant router, this one decided to throw a giant fireball that burned the hand of the tech who plugged it in. The UPS, which keeps the power on when the city looses power, didn't like this one bit and threw it's breaker and took down several racks worth of servers. Photographica and XLAN were on one of those racks and we lost power for about an hour.
The tech is okay, but the router sadly didn't make it.
(a couple of these are from Cisco.com... I only wish I had one of my own to take a picture of...)
Become a Photographica Subscriber!
Photographica has been alive and running since 2001. During these past seven years, Photographica has grown from a small-time website of around 500 users to a thriving community of more then 13,000 members. That is a lot and there is every indication we will continue to grow! There is plenty more this site can be and plenty more it needs, but to continue, Photographica needs your support.The Photographica Subscription
For less then the price of a single copy of your favorite celebrity rag, you can be a Photographica Subscriber. What does your $3.95/mo get you?
- No Advertising
Turn off those annoying ads!
- A heart by your name
Subscribers get a nice little heart by their name
Subscribers can create slideshows to embed into their stories
So Don't Wait - Subscribe Today!Yet another super-bump for the day
This is a reminder(!). It is pretty cool watching the tag cloud thingy evolve. Once we get more stuff tagged, there is all levels of coolness in store for how to navigate this website. There is no reason we can't pull off some of the stuff flickr does. But it needs you to work. What is tagging?
Tagging is a system lets you, the reader and participant of this website, decide how to categorize the vast amount of information at this website.
For example, using tags - Here is a map of all the tags so far. The larger the tag is, the more popular it is.
The goal of tagging is to look at a story and say "wow, I want to see more posts like this one!". So you view its tags and find a characteristic you would like to see more of.
See, the idea behind tagging is that you get to decide what uniquely describes a post. So the catch is it is up to you to make it work!
This informational reminder has been brought to you buy the letters R, D and J and the number 2.
Bumped, three years later, by Cory: A blast from the past and a quick reminder to tag your stories!
Photographica, Refresh Edition (UPDATED)
Hope you like the new look. If you've got bugs or any other kinds of issues with the new page, post 'em here!
Update: Enjoy the new comment layout. I'm aware that some cannot change their avatar and I'm working to fix this as we type.
Photographica, Mobile Edition (UPDATED)
I'm pleased present a more refined update to Photographica Mobile. Photographica Mobile is a slimmed down version of Photographica. Whats new?
- It now has it's own RSS feed and handles popup images in a way that works with any phone.
- You can view the comments for each story.
- At this time, slideshows are unsupported.
From your cell phone or iPhone, visit: http://www.photographica.org/mobile
Got Image Trouble?
Hope you are all enjoying the many changes to this website. It has been a long road to get here, but I think it was well worth it.
Update 1:21pm PDT - Fixed for real!
I've been getting several reports that they are having trouble inserting certain images into their story. From what I understand, the photo will upload just fine but it can never get inserted into a story. I'm scratching my head as to what the problem may be.
No More Voting
Two years ago, Photographica began voting on stories for the front page. The decision was made after many people felt that the front page was far too busy and their story was only on the front page for a short while. Voting has succeeded in slowing down the number of stories posted to the front page. In fact, it has worked all to well. Yesterday, despite more than a dozen new stories, only a single story made it to the front page.
After giving it quite a bit of thought, I've come to the conclusion that voting was a mistake and we as a community should come up with a better way to rate stories and photos. Perhaps we do not need such a thing at all and nothing is rated.
As of today, I've turned off voting for Photographica. If your story was under "new", it will now show on the front page. If your story was hidden because it did not recive enough votes, you'll find your story resurected as well. If your story is a draft, it will remain a draft until you publish it to the front page.
Using MyYahoo, Bloglines or Google Reader?
Make sure to add our "New Stories" RSS feed to your newsreader!
By the way, if you are using MyYahoo, you can have the story thumbnails show up by clicking on the feed options (the Gear icon above the feed) and select "Headline summary, and Image" and click "Save".
Image theft on flickr
You can see the account in question here
I suggest a polite letter to Yahoo's copyright department is in order. You can get more information by
contacting Yahoo. If you are one of the people whos work has been stolen, I suggest you include a link to your Photographica profile to assist their legal department. Hopefully the fine folks at flickr will promptly terminate this persons account.
Welcome to voting
Yes. Forums are broken. Yes, avatars are too (but if you are super-slick you can disable images and get it to work :-) No, slideshows aren't ready but they are damn close.
But enjoy voting this fresh new story to the front page!
And to be a jerk, I'll show what slideshows are all about, even though non of you can use them... ;-) ... only as a second post ....