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Little Voice in My Head


Image obtained from YouTube

I started a new project today, as a result of Flickr changes that I discussed in my previous blog post.

The majority of the photographs in this blog are embedded Flickr images. If I delete the original Flickr images, the embedded Flickr photographs in my blog will be deleted as well. In essence my blog photographs are held hostage by Flickr!  Recently I paid for an additional 1-year subscription to Flickr Pro; however, I do not wish to pay indefinitely for a Flickr Pro subscription.

My project, beginning today and continuing throughout 2019, is to download (and then delete) Flickr images embedded in my blog.  I will upload the downloaded images into my blog in their proper place.  Eventually my Flickr account will be devoid of all images, and I will either limit my photographs to 1,000 images  or delete the account.  Hopefully, I complete this project by November 1, 2019 — the day on which my Flickr Pro subscription would auto renew.

This project is a BIG undertaking! I have 1,474 blog posts to act upon!

I wish I had paid more attention to the little voice in my head, when I first started my blog. That little voice in my head kept asking “what if Flickr is no longer a viable hosting site for pictures in your blog, what then?”

First Grade

Our granddaughters entered first grade on August 29th. Picture day was on October 12th. Stacey ordered a digital download package for each girl. Yesterday I received a copy of the image files contained in each digital download package.

Each digital download package includes 3 files: an 8×10 image, a 5×7 image and a print release. The 8×10 image is 2400 pixels x 3000 pixels. This resolution-size image will produce quality prints at or above industry standards for 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20 size pictures. The 5×7 image is 1500 pixels x 2100 pixels. This file size is suitable for reproducing 5×7 and smaller size prints.

I placed a print order last evening through Nations Photo Lab.  The prints that I ordered were a fraction of last year’s cost. Last year I ordered prints from the school photography studio company.  A digital download package is the way to go!  You can make all the prints you want for much less than the cost of buying a print package from the photography studio.

Harper and Juniper’s first grade pictures
What beautiful granddaughters we have!

By the way Harper has one less tooth now than that showing in the picture.  As of earlier this week, Juniper still had all her top teeth.  She did tell me, though, that a couple teeth are wiggling.

Speaking of first grade …

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This is my first grade picture.
School Year 1962-1963

 

Flickr

On April 23rd I received an email announcing that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug.  I was informed that nothing would change immediately with regard to my Flickr account.

On September 19th I received an email notice that my 1 Year Flickr Pro subscription would renew on October 19th at the current price of $49.99 billed annually.  I had been a Flickr Pro subscriber since October 2008 and had paid $24.95 annually for the subscription.  The last time Flickr changed Pro pricing was when it re-introduced Flickr Pro at $49.99 in July 2015. At that time Flickr rewarded Pro members with a promise of a two-year protected price. The current subscription price of $49.99 is not an increase in price. Flickr is merely bringing grandfathered Flickr Pro members to the current Pro rate. It was nice, as a Flickr Pro customer for a number of years, to be grandfathered in 2015 for 2 years at the price I had been paying ($24.95).

As of September 19th a Flicker Pro account provided unlimited, full-resolution uploads; ad-free browsing for both myself and my visitors; advanced stats; industry discounts including 15% off Adobe Creative Cloud; the Flickr Auto-Uploader that allows me to automatically back up my photographs both on my computer and on my Apple devices.

A Flickr Free account at that time provided 1TB full-resolution uploads.  In September I was using only .22 TB of storage. Once I reached the 1TB storage limit, there was nothing stopping me from opening another Flickr Free account and making use of the 1TB full-resolution uploads.  A Flickr Free account did not include ad-Free browsing, advanced stats, an auto-uploaded or industry discounts.  None of the limitations of a Flickr Free account bothered me. At first I thought the Adobe Creative Cloud discount of 30% would be useful.  The discount is for the more expensive Adobe CC plan (approx. $50/month) that includes programs I have no use for.

I cancelled my Flickr Pro subscription on September 19th.  I would get along fine with the Flickr Free account.

Not having a Flickr Pro subscription was short lived. On or about November 1st Flickr announced a change that would directly impact me.  Beginning January 8, 2019, free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. Flickr Pro will continue to provide unlimited storage. I have several thousands more pictures and videos than the 1000 picture limit of a Flickr Free account. Additionally the photographs contained in this blog are linked to Flickr. It would be an impossible task for me to remove thousands of pictures from Flickr and maintain my blog and Flickr connection.

I renewed my Flickr Pro subscription on November 1st.  I am certain there will come a time when my blog will no longer exist.  I can’t see myself or my heirs) paying indefinitely for Flickr Pro and my WordPress blog.  Until that time arrives, though, it is business as usual!

I obtained the following screen shots from Flickr.

 

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming.  How do I know this?

_LG28625I know Winter is coming because Bob closed up our picnic pavilion this afternoon.

_LG28628We didn’t utilize our picnic pavilion much this year.
No excuses; we just didn’t make time for it.

_LG28631What a shame that we didn’t utilize our picnic pavilion much this year.
It does provide a nice place to sit and relax.
Bob and I agreed.  When he opens the pavilion next year, we will make more use of it.

Oh, and another sign that Winter is coming?  Bob wheeled the snowblower out of the shed and placed it in the garage.

 

Charlee is Two Years Old

On September 26th a friend, Kristin, messaged me with a question.  She would be having her daughter Charlee’s 2nd birthday party at their house on either October 20th or October 21st.  Kristin asked how much I charge to take pictures and if I could or would want to come over and take pictures.  The pictures Kristin wanted would be before the party started.  She wanted pictures of the party decorations; the birthday cake; Charlee’s immediate family singing “Happy Birthday” to her; Charlee blowing out candles; Charlee opening gifts from her immediate family; Charlee and her older sister playing on their swing set and some family pictures.

Kristin lives a little over an hour’s drive from our home.  I thanked Kristin for reaching out to me and told her that I do not charge to take pictures.  My response to Kristin’s request was “no” because of the travel distance.  I wrote that I wished she lived closer because I would take the pictures she wanted in a heartbeat.

Kristin said that she was going to talk to her grandparents, who live near me, to see if Charlee’s birthday party could be held there.  That is what happened.  Charlee’s birthday party was held at her grandparents’ house on Sunday,  October 21st.  The party was at 1:30 pm, and I took pictures between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

_LG28510Birthday Banner

_LG28509Birthday Cake, Plates and Cups

_LG28515Charlee, you are so cute!

_LG28516Charlee’s Personal “Hedgie” Birthday Cake

_LG28517Charlee and Family Members Who Were Present Before Her Birthday Party

_LG28523Charlee and her Birthday Cake


Singing “Happy Birthday” to Charlee

_LG28543Charlee taking a big bite of cake, with a little encouragement from her sister

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Charlee didn’t make a mess, while eating her cake.

_LG28573Birthday Presents!

_LG28608Charlee with her mom, great grandparents, grandmother and sister

Happy 2nd birthday, Charlee!

Eagle in a Tree

We saw four eagles during the afternoon of Saturday, September 29th.

We saw the first three eagles just below Kinzua Dam in Warren County, PA. The eagles were circling around the Allegheny River. By the time we got close enough to even stand a chance of getting a decent picture, the eagles were gone.

I spotted the fourth eagle in a tree later in the afternoon, while Bob was passing it going about 50 mph. I said “an eagle an eagle”! Bob turned around so that I could capture a photograph of the eagle.

_LG28470Eagle in a Tree

This lone eagle was located along U.S. Route 62, not far from Frewsburg, NY.

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