After more than a month of patience, the Robin is finally tamed! It feeds off W’s hand, and my friend’s hand too, but not mine! How annoying! W rightly predicted that it will feed off her hand today, as it is very cold today, and naturally the Robin will want more food. BTW we are going to see heavy snow fall over the next few days. Very unusual weather. I hope it’s not going to disrupt our travel plans too much tomorrow though *finger crossed*
These are photos taken two days ago when the lighting conditions were better. Roger had been very cooperative, posing for me to do the photoshoot for more than a quarter of an hour 🙂 This was of course because I had not given him all the food he was hoping for in one go. He’s a clever bird. He knows that I will give out food and so had patiently waited for me, while tidying his feather at the same time. A very cheeky bird indeed.
Once again, uploading travel photos is just too time consuming. It put me off every time I thought about having to filter out the photos, resizing them and then upload them to the Flickr website. Took me over an hour to get all these done. No, I’m still yet to label and provide some descriptions to the photos! How annoying!It was a good trip though. Only the second time I’ve been to Germany. The first time was to attend the World Travel Market fair at Berlin. I was there for 2 nights, and most of the time I was in the exhibition centre. So didn’t get to see much of Berlin. This time I had more time to stroll around in Hamburg and Bremen with L. And the weather was lovely, unlike the wet weather we are going to go through this weekend, grrr. We haven’t really planned anything for the trip to be honest, but turns out to quite a pleasant one. So we are very pleased with this trip, much better than the trip to Seville. And of course W’s German friend’s wedding at Syke was very pleasant as well. Cosy and almost everybody gets to know each other after the wedding. So different from the banquet we have back home in Malaysia where wedding couples quite often don’t know half the people who attended their wedding :)Anyway hope you like the photos.
Looks like the Robins are having their second brood in our neighbour’s garden this year. Because the Robin has been fetching a lot of food from our backyard back to his nest once again. The Robin is really not shy. Yesterday it landed on my foot while looking for food! We haven’t named this Robin this time. Perhaps we should start calling it Roger (Federer) 🙂
This is another of my photo that is included in the Schmap, but this time in their Vienna Edition (previously the Seville Edition). To their credit, they have certainly worked out a very good business model, and a win-win situation for photographers and themselves. On their wesbite, you can see that they do a very good job in acknowledging photos contributed to their travel guides by amateur photographers like me. This is important as photographers, I think mostly amateurs, will then be more receptive to the idea of not being paid for photographs used. (Well, we are not used to being paid in the first place anyway! :)) More importantly, every photo they used can be traced back to where the photos came from, e.g. in my case the Flickr site where I uploaded my photos. For amateur photographers, this creates more exposure to the photos they uploaded, which originally may well be intended to be shared with just friends and families, and brings their photos out from near anonymity.What they gain in doing this is not just the rights to using the photos. The more photos they have chosen from different people, the more people will know about their travel guide. Yes publicity, coming from ecstatic photographers. If these photographers have websites or blogs, like myself, even better, as they are likely to blog about this or create links back to their website, e.g. you can voluntarily put the following widget (source code provided by them) on the side of your website.Clever eh? I think it’s just a matter of time before they phase in the truly revenue generating advertisments onto their website. Will see.
I was told that a photo I uploaded onto Flickr is selected for inclusion in a Seville travel guide called “Schmap”. Initially I was ecstatic thinking that I’ve really taken a good shot, and that I’m being recognised as a decent photographer. But a closer look at their website tells me that they are not really a great source for travel information. The photo I took was outside a bull ring in Seville. But on the page where my photo is displayed on their site, it claims that the place is “Teatro de la Maestranza” , which is an opera house. Misleading isn’t it? But anyway I have to say that I’m still quite pleased my photo is “selected” 🙂
Photos taken during our trip to Switzerland are now available here on Flickr. I’ve finally taken the leapt to upgrade my Flickr account to Flickr Pro, as unknowingly I now have more than 200 photos (a limit I wasn’t aware of) on Flickr and I have to upgrade my account if I want people to be able to see the photos I’ve uploaded previously. Anyway what the heck, $24.95 (a year) is not a lot of money and I really like Flickr as my on-line photo sharing tool. Hope you enjoy the photos.
We had a much closer look at Fiedlfare than the last, even though we were without a telescope this time. So far we have had quite good fortune birding around Thames Valley Park (we can’t believe the last time we were there was about half a year ago! Time really flies). Apart from this Fieldfare, we also spotted a Red Kite gliding in the sky and a Great Spotted Woodpecker high up on a tree trunk. Very pleased.
It does take some time to resize, organise and upload photos online. Not the most exciting trip, but looking back now at the photos taken, the trip was not that bad actually. I guess it’s just that we have been to better places, and would much prefer to spend time in those places instead with hindsight.BTW this is blog using the Flickr blogging interface. My first time. Doesn’t seem to allow me to customise the layout easily. And it automatically puts the blog into an uncategorized category. Hmm, not such a great tool actually, as it still requires me to come back to my website to do the final editing.