Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Waitohu Photos uploaded and linked

I made unexpectedly good progress with editing last night and was able to complete the selection and set it uploading over-night. The photos are now all tagged and the set is linked from our Photos page.

I was able to walk more of the trail this year and there are more shots taken in forest than I've done for some years. Combined with the heavy overcast on the day I had to make some compromises, shooting at higher ISO (which tends to make the images more grainy) and lower shutter speeds (which tends to make the images less sharpe)

I'm not unhappy with the results, but you may find some of the images taken in lower light won't blow up as well in print, but they should be OK for viewing on a screen.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Waitohu Results posted to the website

Just out and on the Results page as usual.

Still working on the photos, sorry, but should be done before the weekend with luck.

If you find you were not on the mailing list, the draw and information for the Club Championships at Waitarere have been posted to the Calendar page.

Fingers crossed the weather will improve by Sunday and we'll see you on the trail.

Monday, 5 March 2012

News letter 153 published

It seems I haven't been the only one taking advantage of a damp and windy weekend to catch up on WATRC tasks. Nicky has posted the latest newsletter to our mailing list and it's now also available on the website.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Bright's Farm results posted

The results from Bright's farm have just been posted to the Results page.

That's it for today - signing off.

WATRC Blog layout updated

Just so you know, I've spent some time today updating the layout of the club blog using the new design tool for the site. In many ways the Blogger design tool is much the same as the Google Sites design tool (now there's a surprise not) but it has a few minor differences that mean it's not feasible to make the Blog pages look exactly like the webiste pages.

The chief motivation for me was my irritation at the old layout of the archive, with oldest posts being listed first and no ability to aggregate higher than monthly - with blog posts for 8 out of 12 months since late 2007, that made for quite a long list.

In the new layout, the archive is agregated monthly within year, most recent first, and all handled by a "gadget". On my laptop with a high def screen the new layout wastes a lot of screen real estate, but I'm conscious that many folk may still have older monitors and so the layout is designed with a 1024 pixel wide screen in mind - hope it works for everyone.

Anyway, if you just happened to be looking at the blog earlier today and noticed the layout changing through various unusual iterations, that was me grappling with the tool - my apologies - all fixed now.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Bright's Farm photos uploading

Bright's was a smaller ride this year, in part due to other equestrian events, and perhaps in part due to its reputation. However, 36 entries with no vet outs and all riders arriving home within 20 minutes of time on either side seems to suggest that the course was pitched at about the right level.

It's still a challenging course with more hill work than flat, but manageable given adequate time, so well done to those of you who gave it a go.

With less entries and only a short time out on course there is a smaller set of photos uploading than for some of our rides. I think I managed to see everyone somewhere on the course, and a few folk several times. The upload will run overnight and I'll take care of the house-keeping tasks in the morning.

Next up is Waitohu, another very challenging course, but again we will be doing our best to make sure it's do-able. For some it may be your last opportunity to qualify for Champs, so don't let it slip by.