Nature can be awesome. Last year in November a hail storm passed by on a Sunday leaving the cloudy and stormy looking sky filled with orange colors so bright and alive I just had to go out in the cold and shoot some of that beauty. Click for the big version.
Over at the excellent Flickr photo sharing service they now have a new category of pictures called The Commons. It’s not the Creative Commons searchable pictures database I talked about before. This is a collection of copyright free images which are also publicly available from libraries or other archiving organisations around the globe.
It makes me think of what they are doing over at archive.org, which also contains a vast collection of public domain material ranging from texts to sound and video. Flickr is taking a step into the same direction by letting Institutions archive their photographic collections online, and allow people like you and me to interact and help describe the collection by adding comments and tags to the photo’s.
For now only a handfull of institutions are actively submitting content, but I’m sure more will follow worldwide. Something to look forward to if you’re interested in history and photography, and a nice resource for copyright free pictures to use in your research, blogs or whatever.
If you have one of those digital cameras that forgets what day it is after you’ve replaced the AA batteries you might end up with a lot of pictures with bad EXIF data tags.
As a geek and nitpicker I sort of dislike that. In fact, in Picasa all of those pictures ended up being cataloged in the year 2012 which is the default date of the camera apparently. Picasa I found out uses EXIF data and not the file date of your pictures. This makes sense of course. If you change a photo’s color settings for instance, the file date will change, the EXIF data won’t.
So to fix those bad dates I ran into this piece of software called EXIFViewer. The GUI look pretty damn old, but it works, so who cares. You can use it to set the EXIF date to a specific date and time, or perform a calculation on the selected files. For instance, you can subtract 2015 days from all files, and whoosh those files back in time to when they were actually shot.
I also found some links to more EXIF data changing software is on Flickr. I haven’t tried any of these myself, but it might be worth a look. There’s a command line based tool in there as well, so if you want to do some scripting, that might be what you need.
If you have a digital camera, and you’ve been browsing to the stunning photo’s you can find on Flickr you probably realise that you can do a lot more with that little piece of electronic light capturing device than shooting a few typical birthday party pictures by now.
Of course, it’s always handy to get some tips in this area, and I just happened to come across a bunch of great tips regarding digital photography myself, which I’m so kind to share right here, in my trusty old blog. Ain’t that sweet?