Feb 14

Written by: Jack Daynes
2/14/2012 11:26 AM

At about 7:00pm, Wednesday October 5, 2011 we brought to life, the new site. I have only a fraction of the images up that I have in the current catalog. In the coming months I will be adding images both new and old. I suggest checking in this "News" section for announcements as to what has been added.

The image preparation now embeds metadata, used to supply the image description, along with a wide array of details about each image. GeoTags, with links to Google Maps, show where the image was taken. My current shooting hardware captures this information and puts it into the image metadata. I've taken the time to go through my older images, including those from Africa, to place the GPS data into those files. This gives a pretty close approximation of location where the images were taken.

Album descriptions are preceded by a numeric sequence (###;###). The first part denotes the number of species or subjects in the category. The second part indicates the number of images in the set. These are manually entered and are likely to change over time, as images are added and/or subtracted.

When viewing the full sized image, you will notice a small set of Tool icons over each image. The first icon on the left ("i" in a bubble) will  toggle the display of the Metadata window. Within the Metadata window, the "GPS Location" will have a click-able link to bring up a map of the location where the image was taken. The other tool in this set is a Slide Show tool.  The Slide Show tool is fairly self explanatory. Left on its own, it will display each image for 5 seconds, until the end of the current album is reached, then exit.

The "Search" feature is fairly versatile. It will return results for the search string if it is found in the metadata or album descriptions. There are two different "Search" icons: one at the top right (Magnifying glass); and another at the bottom left. Either calls to the same search function. Keep in mind that some of the data searched is not visible to the user and may return some confusing results. Too broad a search (e.g. "Bird") will return so many results, it may not be useful. 

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