New pictures from Texas field trips


I added two new folders from my most recent field trips to Texas (one more to go).They are not as good as Dylan’s pictures but might be useful. Remember we have a Flickr account with :

User name: sunflower_photos

Password: sun flower head
For more information about this Flickr account or how to organize the lab photos, see these posts:

Storing and organizing photos on Flickr

As discussed in lab meeting last week, I created our lab Flickr site for storing and organizing photos. The site is here.
I think that the advantages of a site like this “in the cloud” are pretty obvious, and were articulated some time ago by Dan Ebert in this blog post, in which he encouraged us to create folders of photos on this blog. A few such folders currently exist, but the idea never really caught on as far as I can tell. I decided to use Flicker instead of this blog because of the sheer volume of photos that people routinely produce these days. I came back from my field work with 16 GB of photos, and I found the native WordPress photo organization tools to be cumbersome. It’s also not clear how much storage we have on this blog; on Flickr, we have up to 1 TB, so we’re pretty future-proof there.
In an effort to get the ball rolling, I went ahead and migrated the photos from this blog to our new Flicker site.
Here are the login details for the site:
User name: sunflower_photos
Password: sun flower head
I added most of my photos as individual folders that are labeled by my field collection number. In the meta-data for each folder, I mentioned who took the photo, and how to contact me for questions. I also added a folder for just “pretty photos” that I took this field season (photos of nice scenes, possibly for use in talks and cover photos, etc.).
If you have photos that you want to add, I recommend making your own folder (go to “You”, then scroll down to “Organize”) and adding them to that folder. Otherwise they go directly into the folder stream and it’s hard to tell who took them or where.
Right now, I believe that the default upload option is to keep the photos as “private” so that only we are able to see them. But I also made a few of them public so our Flickr site has a public face (and a pretty one, if you ask me).
For more thoughts on how to add and organize photos, see Dan Ebert’s blog post.
Anyway, I hope that this helps us organize our photos in a way that allows people to look at other people’s pics and also find cool pics when they need them.

Photographs of Helianthus annuus

Over the weekend, I took some photos of the H. annuus that are growing out at Totem Park, including some of Emily, Brook, and Greg’s plants. They are just such photogenic plants, I could not resist. I uploaded a complete set of hi-res .jpg files to the blog server, and they are presented above in the gallery. These are massive, but they are .jpg, so that means they are lossy. If you want to use these for printing, let me know and I can send you the raw files, from which you can make .tif files that are as good as film negatives.

If anyone else has plants flowering that they would like pictures of, let me know! I’d love to get a nice set together for the lab.

RLR Image Library (Dan E.)

Hello all. I’ve created an image library here at RLR. I think its a good idea and I’m hoping that you do too. If we accumulate a collection of good images, mostly photos I assume, it will become useful and interesting.

The idea is that we can post image galleries – collections of photos of or about a particular project/trip/experiment/event – to share with the lab. I hope this sharing will be informative and entertaining but also practical – we can share images for use in presentations and posters and the like.

Right off the bat I want it to be clear that if you use any image from RLR that you did not create yourself, that image must be attributed to its creator. Its easy, just give the person who made and uploaded the image a credit on or near the image in your presentation or poster etc.. Pretty obvious really.

The image library comprises galleries displayed on new pages added to RLR under the “Image Library” page. If you wish, these pages can be hidden such that only registered users who have logged in can see your images.

Check out Brook’s opening effort for an excellent example of what I’m talking about.

Greg O. has also put up some nice shots of Californian sunflowers.

I’ve added instructions on the “How to: contribute content” page and on the “How to: use RLR” page.

If my instructions are insufficient, or you can see obvious problems or improvements, please let me know.

Answers to some questions that you may have . . .

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