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Finished labelling Day 11 of our East Asia trip tonight.

Hurrah.

Still 3000 to go.. 

Also finished scanning another album of Mum's this morning.

I might get everything done before I cark it..

So here's a fun Apple/Windows bug I've had for quite some time.

I have a php script which looks at the Date Modified field on a file and renames the file to have the date in it.  I like to have the date in the file name of all my photos.

But I've noticed in the past year or so (perhaps longer!!!) that the script has been getting it wrong with random iPhone photos.  I had a closer look tonight, and found that indeed many of the photos copied to my computer have an incorrect Date Modified.

See the highlighted five photos?  All of them show they were modified at 7:42am on 14 January, but you can see their date taken were all on 13 January.  That means all five files got renamed incorrectly with my script.

iPhone randomly changes date modified

I thought it might have been Instagram, or sending photos by SMS, but it's affecting photos that I've never done anything with.  And one photo I saw with the incorrect Date Modified was modified when I would have been asleep!

The date of the photo on the phone seems to be correct.  And all I do is a manual file system copy from my phone to my D: drive.  I don't do anything fancy like import them with anything.

RenameMaster seems to get it right for files that have Date Taken in them, but sometimes photos don't, and screenshots certainly don't. It freaks out if it doesn't have the field and you get filenames with ? marks all through them because it can't deal.

I think the only way to get this to work is change the script so it will try and use Date Taken, but if that is not available then use Date Modified.

And just for fun, Gorillacam saves its movies in UTC or something (and a day in the future!!), because this movie was clearly taken on the 9th between other photos, yet it shows the date as the next morning!

Gorillacam time

IMosaic

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Way way back in 2004 I played with a photo-mosaicing application called Mazaika.  Back then I only had about 11000 photos.

But in the past week or two I've been doing a photomosaic jigsaw of Kit's, and it's rekindled my interest in photomosaics.

I had a look on the weekend for apps to try, and gave IMosaic a go.  It's quite old - no new releases since 2006, it's pretty slow, and it squishes vertical photos down to landscape mode, but it is free and does have the ability to index different directories independently, rather than as one massive index.  

So I indexed all my last holiday photos (6687 photos), and used them to create a photomosaic of the Queen Mary 2 (image from Wikpedia).

Queen Mary 2 Photomosaic Original

Queen Mary 2 Photomosaic

Here's some closeups of some areas

Queen Mary 2 Photomosaic

Queen Mary 2 Photomosaic

Queen Mary 2 Photomosaic

Fun times!!

Como Hotel Fire

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Twenty years ago this morning we were woken up by siren after siren screaming through our suburb at something like three in the morning.  We got up and looked out the front windows and saw orange in the sky north of us.  We thought it might have been the Como Primary School.  We got dressed and headed into the night.  As it turns out, it was the historic Como Hotel engulfed in flames.  Built in 1878, destroyed 3 November 1996, and rebuilt five years later keeping the original brickwork and facades.

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

Como Hotel Fire, 3 November 1996

This morning I finished scanning all my analogue photos at 600dpi.  At least I think I have.  I'd have to double check everything, but pretty sure I'm done.

But I don't think I'll ever fully label my holiday photos from the digital age.  At least with them geotagged all I need to do is load them into GeoSetter or some such and it instantly shows me where a photo was taken.  Then it's easy enough to research on the internet what it was.

Also today I realised it was three years ago today that I took off for my "Eurasia 2012" holiday.  So I've been frantically labelling photos for the blog entries.  I doubt I'll get much past Israel/Jordan in this round, as it simply takes too long to choose photos to display, and I've only culled down the first two weeks of that two month holiday.  It's hard work I tells ya!

So anyway, three years ago today I spent two days getting to the other side of the planet all by myself.

Lighthouse Birds

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A couple of Fridays back @CLBradley and I went to the Lighty for lunch.  Which was very pleasant in the sun.  Going back to face the problems at work afterwards sucked a bit.  But I did get plenty of cool photos of the birds.

Lighthouse seagulls

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse seagull

Lighthouse currawong

RIP Missy Goat

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You will be missed :(

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Pink Flowers

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In the front yard at the moment.

Pink flowers

I finished geotagging the parents' photos tonight.  So that's all 23500-odd photos geotagged!  Not a bad effort considering I've only been home seven weeks ;)

Now for the next step.. culling them down for slideshows..!
Benny

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