Monday, 26 April 2010

Waitarere photos uploading

The usual story - upload will proceed through the night. With luck it won't break down, and in the morning I can put the finishing touches to the set. Otherwise, sometime later tomorrow should see it done.

Just Waitohu to go now - I'll try to get that done before Leslie and I go overseas, but no promises - we've got a lot to do between now and then.

We'll be back in time for AGM - see you there.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Where's the photos of Waitarere ?

Er... yep... sorry... They are coming (as is Xmas) but I've had a hectic couple of weeks at work trying to wrap up some projects before Leslie and I take off overseas for a couple of months, and it's been hard to find time to do the edits. Even when I've had time I've been so knackered that I've made little headway.

However, progress is being made - not sure if I'll have the set up before Waitohu, but certainly before we leave.

Apologies for the delay but don't panic - it will happen ;-)

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Photos from Foxton available online

Seems that some of you have already discovered this, but I thought I should probably blog it in case there are some of you who wait for the announcement (yeah, right ;-)

The large upload proceeded last night and worked without interuption (which is rare I have to say) and I was able to put the finishing touches to the set this morning and get the site links updated, but an early work engagement meant I had to leave the blog 'til later. It's a big set as predicted as the trail design allowed multiple opportunities to shoot each competitor - if I didn't get very many shots one time, I usually got more another. Also managed to get a few nice sequences of shots for some of you showing phases through your mount's pace.

You may have noticed the new filename prefix on the images - this indicates yet another camera upgrade - the "original" images are now 18 megapixels - the compressed JPG files are generally somewhere between 6 - 10 megabytes (average in the set is about 7.5MB) so just be aware of the size if you want to download for printing.

This is a grainier set than usual due to the overcast day and the high proportion of shots in forest. The 3200 ISO setting is pushing the sensor fairly hard, and I probably should have dropped it down whenever the opportunity presented. The smaller number of images shot at 800 and 1600 have turned out better (in open and sunlit conditions I usually shoot at 400 ISO). However, at screen resolution or for small prints, the effects should not be so noticeable - it's mainly when blown up to full size the graininess and fuzziness becomes obvious.

Anyway, enough of me wittering on about cameras and ISO and image qualities - I hope you enjoy the photos, and look forward to seeing you at Waitarere this coming weekend.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Championships results and Newsleter 134 published

Out today are the results from the Champs ride at Foxton. A great new venue and one we hope we can use again in future.

The latest newsletter was published today also, and in it the flyer for the next ride at Waitarere, and ever popular venue with flat terrain over farm and forest trails.

So, taking advantage of a site update opportunity, we've taken the next step in migrating to our new website host, placing notice of closure and an alternative link in our most prominent landing pages, and updating the navigation sidebar so that all sidebar links should now direct you to the equivalant page on the new website.

In fact, the migration of content is complete, and the remaining steps are all about moving you from the old site to the new one. If you have bookmarks or "Favourites" to the old site or pages in it, you'll need to update these before the end of June.

We haven't gone through the entire old website and updated every internal link to point it to the new site. If you've kept deep links to pages in our website you may still have some limited ability to navigate within the old site (until it dies), but once you land on the new site, its links should keep you there.

Still working on the photos from Foxton - the overcast day and lots of forest shooting means the images are often grainier, the focus softer, and the dynamic range lower due to the compromises one must make to get the shot. On the up-side however, the course layout was such that I covered all of it except for the loop over the sand hill, and I saw most competitors more than once, so there's lots of shots to choose from.

No ETA for the set, sorry, but I'm aiming to deliver before the next ride.

See you at Waitarere.