A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Monday, January 29, 2007

My Photos on Flickr

I have almost 2 gb of digital photos on my computer. One of my projects this winter is to upload and organize them on Flickr. The easy part is finished. All of the pictures I took on my various outings since 2005 are now available for viewing. In case you're curious, there were more than 900 of them!

Now for the hard part. How to organize the rest of my photos in some coherent fashion. I have them in folders by date on my computer. I would like to arrange them by "theme" on Flickr so I would have two ways of searching my pictures. I'm slowly working out various themes. For starters, I have posted the photos I used in the newsletter for the Open House at Rutgers Gardens last July as a set.

I created sets for my slide shows. For the past two years, I have used photos from my gardens arranged in slide shows as the screen saver on my computer at work. I'm such a show-off! Both the 2005 slideshow and the 2006 slideshow are now posted.

I'm considering a butterfly set and a set for my roses. I just can't figure out how to present the rest of my flowers. I can't do it by variety because I plant so many different kinds of flowers. Maybe annuals, perennials and bulbs? And I can't do it by flowerbed because I change the themes of my beds every year.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

9 Comments:

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Xris said...

I've become a big fan of Flickr. You can check out my flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/flatbushgardener/.

The great thing about it is you don't have to worry about getting it "right" the first time, or ever finishing it for that matter. You can tag both photos and sets with your themes, and change or edit them at any time. Photos can belong to multiple sets, so you're not restricted to assigning everything to a single category. I like to use sets to group related photos for my blog.

Also, try searching around Flickr for others' photos using keywords you're thinking of for your own photos, to see what else turns up. Seeing how others photos are tagged will give you ideas on how to categorize your own photos.

Another feature I've had fun with is geotagging: You can tag photos with the locations where you took them, and see photos others took at the same locations.

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lord! you have been busy. I barely have enough time to upload pictures to my blog. I'll have to look at your photos when I have the time. The first page looks fabulous - congrats.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Xris, thanks so much for the tips. I've been so busy uploading and organizing that I haven't really poked around Flickr much.

Ki, thanks for the nice compliment. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

How to organize photos? There is probably no one best way. I was going to suggest organizing by season, but then I thought, "When exactly does spring change into summer? And what if a plant starts blooming in late spring and continues to bloom into early summer? I have a propensity for splitting hairs and just thinking about this problem is getting me into trouble. At least organizing by annuals, perennials, etc. is more cut-and-dried.

One thing I like about Flickr is you can subscribe to someone's photos as an RSS feed and always know when they've uploaded more. I've just done that for you. Also I like that thingy you can put on your website.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Xris said...

Regarding: Organizing by season.

I like to organize by calendar instead of season. In my paper garden journal I use looseleaf paper, with only one date per page (sometimes multiple pages per date). I keep the pages in order by the day of the year. This lets me quickly scan for what's typically happening in the garden at any time of the year, and makes it easy to track whether things are early or late compared to a typical year.

On my blog, I've tagged each post (I still have some catching up to do) with the month and year the post is about. This is a shortcut for being able to rearrange the physical pieces of paper, at least until I find a way to group and sort blog posts by day of the year, and not the date.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Kathy, thanks for your suggestions. I agree there is no one best way. I just ran out of ideas and am hoping from inspiration from other people. I hadn't even thought of seasons. Hmmm...I can probably do something with that.

Xris, I have my photos organized by date on my computer. I have a folder for all garden photos which conains folders for each year each one of which contains folders for each month each one of which contains folders for each day. See why it's so hard to find stuff if I don't know the timeframe? I need another way to search. And yes, I am aware that I can attach tags to my photos on my computer, but lots of times I am uploading photos while doing something else and so don't tag them. There are so many now, that it would be too time consuming to go back and tag them. I know this because I tried.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger MrBrownThumb said...

You could always get an intern to do all the work for you. I had that realization the other day when I was deleting pictures from my HD.

Between blogging, surfing the web, playing with plants, hanging out and watching my favorite tv shows where am I suppose to find the time to organize photos? I had thousands of them and have only gotten around to uploading a few of them to my flicker account. I'll do some then I go looking through the groups I'm a member of and checking out other photos and then I've spent an hour or two on flickr.

The best thing about flickr though is the batch organizing and adding your photos to various groups with drag and drop. I love flickr.

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Mr. Brown Thumb, the only "interns" in my house have four paws and wear fur!

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger ladyluz said...

Beautiful photos of beautiful blooms. Only one thing for me is missing - the names of plants, so if you're thinking of reorganising, spare a thought for we ignoramuses!

 

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