Photo added to “All Photos”

Photo added to

purple nebula and cosmic dust in star field

Posted by jonathansialreug on 2018-05-13 14:38:09

Tagged: , IFTTT , iOS , Photos , Backdrop , Astronomy , Textured , Big Bang , Bunch , Heaven , Abstract , Constellation , Milky Way , Planetarium , Dust , Exploding , Computer Graphic , Backgrounds , Infinity , Origins , Futuristic , Exploration , Mystery , Order , Star Shape , Dark , Multi Colored , Purple , Blue , Black Color , Deep , Science , Nature , Night , Light – Natural Phenomenon , Natural Gas , Field , Galaxy , Star – Space , Nebula , Planet – Space , Space , Cloud – Sky , Sun , Sky , Astronomy Telescope , Plasma , Astrology

devil dogs

devil dogs

computer generated art; reminds me of small dust swirls; they have been called many things, but my favorite is devil dogs

Posted by co-cre8r on 2008-09-09 17:04:22

Tagged: , red , circles , digital , rendering; , ATCs; , art , group; , artworks , paper; , just , artwork; , or , otherwise; , photos , collages



One day I learned that the official meteoroligical name for dust storms is "haboob" (pronounce ha-bob). While playing at the computer I created this. It reminds me of the great dust storms we had (have) in Arizona before it became so populated with office buildings. Remember walking home from school in dust storms. I almost "blowed away."

Posted by co-cre8r on 2008-09-09 17:28:40

Tagged: , landscape , contrast , computer art , vivid colors , digital , rendering; , ATCs; , art , group; , artworks , paper; , just , artwork; , or , otherwise; , photos , collages

Dunnington 1956

Dunnington  1956

Posted by D a v e on 2011-05-22 09:43:55

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On 9/11 I was traveling in Xingjiang Province in China, waiting for the night train from Turpan Zhan to Dunhuang. By chance, there was an Internet cafe next to the train station, so I went in and found a computer between some Chinese soldiers and a young Uyghur man chatting online with friends. Most Western news organizations were blocked in China, but, where I had an email account, somehow got past the censors. When the page loaded, I saw the news that the WTC had been hit by a plane.

It just so happened that my girlfriend in Japan (now my wife) was online and so she relayed to me the news she was watching on her television. Occasionally, I would look around, only to find that the Chinese world was still unaware of what was happening on the other side of the planet.

When it came time to board my train, I was left in the dark. How many more planes were out there? Who was doing it? What would the world look like when I had a chance to check the Internet the next day. Looking around at the Chinese web surfers, I knew that nobody within hundreds of miles had heard the news. In fact, it would be another day before the Muslim inhabitants of Western China were allowed to hear about the attacks. And so, I had only my dark thoughts on that long, lonely trip.

Posted by zanzo on 2007-01-26 09:09:25

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How to Digitize, Organize and Share Family Photos

How to Digitize, Organize and Share Family Photos

Everyone has photo albums and, worse, loose family photos occupying space on shelves and places where they are disorganized, deteriorating and out of sight. Many were taken before the digital age allowing cropping, straightening and other enhancements. Assess your goals and make a plan to realize them.
My goals are tough: to decrease clutter, increase organization and improve accessibility. My photos are scanned and enhanced to a quality that allows disposal of the hard copy. The digital version is better than the original. If I can’t throw photos away, I give them to a family member who doesn’t use the Internet. Photos need to be organized. They need to be accessible (easy to find) on any modern device (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.). They need to be secure, as is reasonably possible and stored in the cloud with back-up. Viewing needs controls: just me, family, friends or public. Digital albums must be maintained and handed off to their best keeper for posterity. If your goals are similar and you are interested in my solution, continue reading.
First understand, this project isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires a huge investment of time. But, if like me, you are post retirement and have time, why not get organized? I found a way to share the project with my wife. I do the scanning, enhancement and cloud storage. She does the research determining who, what and where. If you store images in the cloud, you can share responsibilities with someone across the room or thousands of miles away. It also requires investment in tools (e.g., computer, scanner, photo software, membership in cloud photo sharing storage). I’m not talking about thousands of dollars. I’m talking hundreds. Some items you may already have.
You need a computer that can connect to a scanner and the Internet. The computer must run photo editing software. You need a scanner, one that can scan the smallest photos at good resolution so the result is great full screen viewing. The scanner must deal not only with photos, but slides and negatives. Finally, you need software to enhance images (i.e., reduce noise, crop, straighten, etc.). Then you need to post them where you and family members can access them. Storage tools in the cloud need to support arrangement in whatever album structure and photo sequence you choose. I want photos displayed from oldest to most recent. Watching people “grow up” is cool. This may sound like too much work, sorry. If you are still on-board, keep reading and I’ll explain how I made it happen for me and my family.
I won’t dwell on computer choices. That’s mostly personal preference and you probably already have a capable computer. Mine is a 21 inch screen Dell, all-in-one. It supports the best processors and storage systems. It also eliminates desktop bulk. The stand mounted screen has all the guts. Just add the wireless keyboard and mouse. Its footprint takes less table space than a laptop.
I chose the Epson V600 Photo scanner. It scans every photo image (hard copy, slides, and negatives) and also does Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Its software enhances the photo’s look by removing dust, noise and improving color. It scans as many photos as will fit on its bed. It segregates each, then stores them under separate files you can place anywhere. I vary the DPI so the smallest photos show full screen.
Choosing cloud storage support is the most difficult decision. Who can you trust? Will they be around “forever”? Can they be backed-up on your hard drive and other discs? Is viewing great and full screen? Most important, does it have tools to create albums and within them sort in multiple ways. As previously stated, I prefer oldest to newest. My choice is Flickr run by Yahoo. I started with them many years ago and currently have 6,000+ photos stored on Flickr servers. Their photo management and sharing tools are excellent. In addition to the all-important full screen viewing, they have tools to label, tag and date each photo. When shared, viewers can “like or favorite” and add additional comments and memories. Their system keeps statistics on numbers of views. Flickr supports restrictions for viewing from private to public. Public photos interface nicely with Google searches. Searching inside Flickr is quick and intuitive. Flickr’s app allows viewing on most devices, including smart phones. There’s not much better when sitting around the campfire and asking the question: Do you remember Harry? Then being able to search and pull every “Harry” photo from your collection within seconds. The app allows further edits and comments from you and your peanut gallery.
Photo editing software. Again, a lot of personal preferences here. While I admire people who can Photoshop poor images into looking good, I don’t have the interest to spend lots of time with each photo. I have thousands. I want low cost software that is quick and easy to use. My choice is Adobe’s Photoshop Elements (PSE). For more tools, I’ve adopted plug-ins that work seamlessly within PSE from Topaz. Their software increases the cost, but provides no nonsense tools for reducing photo noise and other enhancements that take only seconds. If you don’t want to go in that direction you can employ free Internet software for the same purpose. I find Ribbet works well with Flickr photos. It does basic editing and can add frames and text that I use. After that, Ribbit saves them back to Flickr either as new photos or replacements.
At this point I’ve gotten my photos into the cloud. If on Flickr, they can be arranged in any album structure and sequenced in the order I prefer. They are also searchable depending on how careful and diligent you’ve been on giving them titles and, when necessary, further descriptive text. This takes time, but the results are marvelous. See an example of a well-documented photo below:

Regarding dating of photos. If you are lucky, many have who, where and when written on their backs. If not, you need to “best guess”. Guessing is OK and way better than throwing up your hands. Give it a WAG. The good news: when you are done and looking at photos from oldest to newest, you will see guesses that need improvement. When viewed by other family members, they can help with comments. Here is a tip. When viewing a group picture, look carefully at the youngest. If there is a baby and you know when it was born, you can nail the date within a few months. If the group shot was near a holiday gathering, guess that. If it was near a birthday, pick that. Another pitch for Flickr: it supports none-specific dates (e.g., circa 1900, or sometime in the year 1933, or sometime in the month of September 2012).
Back Up. Flickr has many third party software programs. One is called Bulkr. Based on many selection criteria, you can download photos from Flickr for storage and backup. It even supports downloading much of the text associated with each photo.
I believe I’ll end up with only three primary digital family albums. I’ve chosen where to mark photo time at my marriage date. One album will include everything after marriage to my bride. Before that, photos belonging to my line will be in one album and in her line another. Even if that doesn’t support everyone’s need, Flickr’s organize tools can create albums based on other parameters and search criteria.
If you are interested in digitizing your collection of photos, slides and negatives, it is possible using tools as discussed above to produce a user friendly product that is organized, searchable and will be accessible for future generations. Besides, it takes up no shelf space. I hope I’ve inspired you to get started.

PS. I may seem to have endorsed many companies’ products. I haven’t received a dime from any. My sole purpose is to provide my choices to help you get started with whatever you determine suites your needs.

Posted by Michael D Martin on 2011-10-24 00:26:51

Tagged: , passport , passport photo , How to Digitize , Organize and Share Family Photos , organize , share , digitize , old , family , photos , loretta , michael , annette

Dusty Memories

Dusty Memories

Today I had to go through a bunch of old photos and scan them onto the computer. I found these, my grandparents old photos from their holidays. They are old, scratched and dusty memories, but each one is amazing and really tells a story. I loved looking at them, at the people, places, and the little type-writer captions. ++ in comments.


Posted by amalia.jane on 2011-01-03 09:17:00

Tagged: , photos , memories , b&w , old , amalia.jane