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WordPress & Flickr frustrations

A while back I posted about how I was going to begin uploading images to Flickr at a lower size than I have previously done. This process has been working fine – the JPEG images I upload are still plenty big enough, and I’ve kept the full-resolution original scans on my computer.

However, I’ve noticed today that the majority of my WordPress posts which feature images where I’ve replaced the original files on Flickr are now showing the photo description, rather than the embedded image. The links work fine, taking you to the Flickr version, and if I edit the posts, I can see the images displayed onscreen. But otherwise they are missing as in-line images from the posts, e.g. this post.

At first I wondered if it was a browser caching problem, but the same lack of pictures can be seen in multiple browsers on different devices. I also wondered if the URLs to the Flickr versions might have changes when I replaced the images on there, but they are identical. I’ve even edited the problem posts to remove the original links and replace them, but the same thing still occurs. Oddly, not all posts featuring images that I’ve replaced are affected, so the whole Flickr thing might be a big red herring!

I really dislike issues like this. They happen out of nowhere with no obvious cause and can take lots of meesing around to try to resolve them and I’m not in the mood to do so today. So, if you come across one of my posts that has a link rather than and in-line image, please accept my apologies. All new posts will hopefully be unaflicted, and I hope to fix the others when I get the time to figure out what exactly is going wrong.

Anyway… Here’s a picture of a nice thatched cottage at Sandsend (assuming it embeds into the post!)

Thatch

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 29 July 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

A-maze-ing

I visited the village of Ashford-on-the-Water last month. It’s a quaint little place full of picturesque cottages, and old church, and attractive scenes where the River Wye flows through. This was the first time I’ve visited the place since a school trip back when I was probably about ten years old (on a residential week at the nearby Thornbridge Hall).

This house caught my attention with it’s maze-like pattern of miniature hedges in the front garden.

A-maze-ing garden

Yashicamat 124G & Fujifilm Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 19 April 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

The road to Elsecar

I took quite a while to get the composition how I liked it for this photo. Not a long time, but longer than my usual “there’s a photo! click” method. I saw there was a picture to be had but there were distractions / potential interest points at either side of the frame, so I spent a few minutes moving left, right, backwards, and forwards to get just what I wanted into frame – all the while being conscious that I was stood in a road and that cars might be approaching from my rear.

The right of the frame had a parked car which I wanted to avoid in the shot, but the left had some interesting street furniture that might have added to the photo, plus it showed the curve of the road at the side of the house to better effect. Unfortunately, positioning myself to get the stuff at the left in frame also meant that other unwanted things crept into view as well, so in the end I went for this version.

The road to Elsecar

Fujica GW690 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 20 February 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

North Leverton windmill

I mentioned my photos of North Leverton windmill a couple of days ago, so here are a few of them

North Leverton Windmill

The mill was built in 1813 by a collective of local farmers to grind their corn. It was also agreed that the mill would grind corn from other farmers and “industrious poor persons” for an agreed fee.

Wind power

The windmill is completely without electrical power, relying on the wind to operate – although there are a set of engine stones for use when the wind is too low to turn the sails.

Windmill seeks prevailing wind

The windmill still sources locally grown grain to produce flour and animal feed, using traditional millstones to grind it.

Behind the cottage

I had a couple of cameras with me on the day – my Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & my Canon Sure Shot Supreme (plus my phone). Because of the hedges and fences that surround the mill, it was sometimes difficult to frame shots with the fixed focal length lenses of both cameras. Ironically in the next shot, I could have used a longer lens perhaps.

Distant mill

The final shot is of the cottage beside the mill, which had a group of chickens roaming about the place – presumably the source of the eggs in the photo I posted the other day.

Windmill cottage

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8 mins @ 20°.

Taken on 25 July 2020

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Developing, scanning and remembering a trip in the countryside

I’ve remained mostly housebound today, with the exception of a quick trip to the local shops for some food and other essentials – and as my wife was with me, that was in the car rather than walking it there as I usually do these days. I was amused to see that the car parked beside ours had been converted into an “RV”. I’ve seen plenty of vans that have been converted, but this was a family estate car that had a cooker, cupboard and fridge, along with electrical sockets fitted in the rear. It looked like a fairly professional job had been done, but I can only image the amount of back-twisting maneouvering that would be required to carry out tasks in a space maybe three feet wide by three feet high!

I spent the rest of the day doing some other film-related tasks.

Firstly, developing a roll of Delta 400 that I finished shooting about a week ago. The process went smoothly and the negatives look good (although I haven’t scanned them yet). Some of them do look like they have noticeable dust on them though, which hasn’t happened before, so I might have issues when I do get around to scanning them.

I also scanned a roll of Fomapan 100 that I shot during my trip to Magpie Mine a little while before the country entered lockdown. The shots on that roll look quite nice, and I will post some here later in the week. The camera I used for the roll, my Yashica Mat 124G, has developed some haze on the taking lens and is currently away for a service, but the shots on this roll aren’t, for the most part, showing any signs that they’ve been affected.

Today’s photo was taken on the same day as visiting the mine as I walked back to where I’d parked my car.

A place in the country

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 16 March 2020