1. Impressions

    January 19, 2007 by Craig

    Flickr is a fun site. Not only do you get to host your photos, but it also tells you how popular they are by several standards. One of those standards is the number of page hits.

    Laura and I were living in Florida when Hurricane Katrina passed through in 2005. At that point it was only a medium-size Category 1 (ie: relatively weak) hurricane. Some friends lost their power for several days, but we were pretty much unscathed. After it passed over Florida, Katrina proceeded to move into the Gulf of Mexico and wipe out New Orleans.

    For something to do, I took some pictures of the hurricane aftermath. In our area, that mostly amounted to blown leaves and some tree branches. I took some pictures of our pool, which had lots of crap floating in it. None of it was particularly interesting. (A few months later, Hurricane Wilma would hit our area a lot harder, and I got some much more interesting photos of that.

    One of the boring pictures of my dirty pool became my most-viewed picture ever — due exclusively to people looking for photos tagged “katrina”. That’s pretty disheartening for a budding photographer. 😛

    Later on, as we moved to Calgary, my photography skills improved, and I discovered Autostitch, I took this picture of Lake Louise:

    Panoramic view of Lake Louise

    It’s also been quite popular on my Flickr page. As of this posting, it’s received 71 hits, while the dirty Katrina pool has received 82.

    The Lake Louise picture is, I think, much more deserving of the top spot. So, in the hopes of scoring some additional hits for it, I’m posting it to my blog. 🙂

    I haven’t linked at all to the pool picture; that would, of course, defeat the purpose of this post. If you really want to see it, you’ll have to go digging. 😉

  2. Street Level

    January 18, 2007 by Craig

    I’ve discovered that, much like a one-night-stand, Omaha only looks pretty in the dark and only from certain angles.


    I didn’t venture to far from my hotel (which is in the aptly-named “Old Market District”), but what I saw wasn’t impressive. Everything is brick, somewhat grungy, and crumbling. The seasonal dirty slush, bare trees, and gray clouds didn’t help much.

    I’ve also discovered that the camera on my PDA is really, really crappy… so bad that it’s almost not worth bothering with.

    If you would like to see the rest of my pictures, check out my set on Flickr.