Progress Finally

Last night, I stayed up way to late but made progress in finally downloading all of my Flickr galleries to my local web site. My intent is to finally leave Flickr after 15 years. Originally, with the flux and server problems of my site, I wanted to have my travel photos somewhere else so it could be accessed by others and generate traffic. Unfortunately Flickr really died on the vine over the last decade and really only in the last couple of years when they merged with Smugmug did they start actively developing.

Sadly, I have little interest in doing anything productive with my photos and I want to have them locally hosted so I can easily integrate them (finally) into the trip diaries. The first part went well and all 4000ish photos are now locally hosted. I did some preliminary checks of the sort order and that left a little to be desired. Australia, with its reclaimed photos (from the Compact Flash error days) and photos taken underwater, was really difficult so I ended up breaking out the album by destination. One thing I am working on is what makes the most sense for displaying and organizing. The good thing about the software I am using is its super easy to move photos around.

Next up, I finally stared looking at scans of my late 90’s Europe trips. Some of them are in better shape than others. i managed to edit the Europe 98 gallery but the file sizes are huge. I was able to clean up and correct most of them, but I would still like some software with presets that would able me to fix how some of the photos are washed out. Most of the coloring issues are due to the age of the photos as well as scanner quality and let’s face it – poor film photography on my behalf. But they are fun to look at, especially since I haven’t really looked at them in over 6 years.

Next up – I will go through the rest of the imported galleries and make sure they are good and then start uploading the thousands of trip photos I have on my computer from the last 10 years. There are a lot of Gorn duplication in these photos but in later years I started taking photos with and without the Gorn so I can hopefully reduce that over time.