Category Archives: photography

Back from Cuba

Just spend almost 2 weeks in Cuba on a photography trip.  Will start writing about Cuba and posting here.  Fascinating place.  Complicated relationships, between US and Cuba, me and Cuba.  More to come soon.


How I Spent Spring Break

Spring break at Santa Fe Photography Workshops.

Originally uploaded by NVH

Photo ops this weekend

Odd couple

Originally uploaded by NVH

Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show. I had a great time last year taking pictures — people and dogs do a lot of sitting around waiting, grooming, etc.

Query: Failed Host Sites, Lost Photos?

I’ve searched a little and not found anything — but maybe my faithful readers know.

I’m looking for an example of a failed web service of some sort where people lost data when the site went under.  I’m SURE I’ve heard of one, but…not remembering, not finding it.  Preferably, I want an example of a site where people lost their personal photos, but any site where people lost personal data would do.


If You See a Purple Bike: Smile, You May Be on Flickr Bikes writes about Yahoo’s Purple Pedals campaign, part of their “Start Wearing Purple” campaign. I haven’t dug into it enough to see what’s the point of the larger campaign (but I’m considering mothballing all my own purple clothes for the duration — just to be sure there’s no suggestion that I’d “start wearing purple” at some corporation’s behest).

What it is: Purple bikes around the world with Nokia 95 GPS-enabled cameraphones and software that takes a picture every 60 seconds and uploads it to the bike’s Flickr account. Lifehacker’s explanation is much more straightforward than Yahoo’s videos.

All the Flickr images from the different bikes seem to be tagged “ybike.” Seems to be the only way to find the collection of bikes. Oddly, the images are dated but the only place to find the time is in the camera’s exif data.

FLickr HQ

Flickr HQ

The ones I looked at from Flickr HQ’s bike (which I found by randomly looking at images tagged ybike) had been viewed little or not at all. But then the most recent photos seem to be from the bike just sitting in an empty office. Mroth, where are you? Wander in front of the bike and wave, will you?

Maybe the timer needs to be linked to a sensor so it only snaps when the bike is in motion?

UPDATE 9/18: Oh, rats, they went and deleted all the empty office pics. Not in keeping with the image of the Flickr staff as working night and day to improve the Flickr experience for their users?

Upcoming Local Photography Events

Photography. Book. Now. Symposium and awards ceremony for Blurb photography books. Free. San Francisco, Sept. 19.

Society for Photography Education West.  Cheap!  Nov 13-15, San Francisco. Many, varied, events.

Joyce Tenneson Update: On-going Exhibit in SF

Joyce Tenneson flower

Joyce Tenneson flower

In conjunction with her book release, an exhibit of prints cover Tenneson’s 40-year career at Gallery 291, 291 Geary St, SF.

(This image from the gallery’s site shows it closing Aug 27; the flyer I got at her reading said Aug 30.)