The Long & Winding Windy Viking Trail

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Monday-Crappy weather...again!

Sleep in....get for another day for campsite...go back to bed.

Get up...go back to bed.

It was one of those days. I just didn't want to do anything. If I would have had a TV I would have sat in front of it all day. After going back to bed a few times I decided to be productive...I started sorting through my photos from this trip. I had already done the first two stops, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. I did say in one of the first entries of this blog that I wouldn't be posting many pictures as they would mostly be on my website. Guess it was time I worked on doing that.

I had gone through most of them by 7 PM but was getting tired of doing that. So I watched a movie.

Tuesday-Crappy weather...AGAIN! But I decided to be productive today from the get-go.

If I'm going to wait around for some nice weather might at well do some work. I finished going through all the photos I've taken on this trip (up to this weekend) and deleted the not so good ones. That's hard to do. I take so many amazing photos. OK...they're not all amazing, but they do show what I've seen and experienced and I think they should be kept and shown around.

Getting my photos on my website is a multi-step process. Screw one up and I have to start over, especially if I don't catch the screw-up in time. On this trip I'm shooting with 2 cameras. I purchased a "Professional" camera just before leaving. Not that the old camera didn't shoot professional photos, but this camera just does it better. One camera has a wide angle lens and the other a long range zoom.

Part one of the process (the hardest) is going through the photo folders from the 2 cameras and deleting the obvious "bad" ones. I will admit to taking a few bad pictures...but not many. Once that is done, I merge the 2 folders together. I'll often take similar shots with both cameras. They might both turn out real good, but I'd be duplicating the scene on the website. Sometimes I find they are just different enough that I'll keep them both.

Once the hardest part is done, then it's all procedure. I import the files into a program called Lightroom. Then I export these same files 4 times. The first time is for the photo shoppping cart system. This is a medium size, high resolution file. The other 3 exports are different size files and resolution that go on a different server then the shopping system.

I guess I should mention that I'll be selling my photos by electronic means, or, you pay for a file and you can download the file right away. What you pay for the file determines what size file you get. During this process I name the files in a somewhat consistent manner and all the files from one folder are numbered sequentially.

The next step takes the longest...uploading the files to the servers. The 4 files of the 1 photo can be close to 10 mb. This takes a long time when you have a slow internet connection. Do this for 500 photos and you're at it all day long.

Lucky for me the Wifi connection at this campground was fast and it didn't slow down the more I used it...which most campgrounds do. In Halifax I had used my iPhone and the 3G network. Not quite as fast as a cable modem but close.

With the photos uploading I have a bunch of work to do with the photo shopping software so that everything works properly. Like I said, screw up one step and the photos won't download properly, or are the wrong size, or just don't show up.

The next step is describing what's in the picture and/or where it was taken (specifically) so that the search feature can be used more efficiently. Once I have 10,000 photos on the website I doubt anyone will scroll through each and every folder looking for the one photos they want or need.

Anyone out there want a job? Pay is shitty. No benefits. Gets to sit at a computer all day keying descriptive terms for photos.

The good news is that I was able to enter all the photos taken on this trip up to this current weekend...about 500...I took way over 1000.

With that process done, it was now about 5 o'clock and the sun had decided to make an appearance. At that very moment I was flipping through the Newfoundland traveller's guide and came across a photo of 2 people hiking and were at the top of this gorgeous viewpoint overlooking Western Brook Pond, not too far from where I am. I check the hiking trails pamphlet and it says the hike is no more then 3 hours in length. I quickly gather my stuff and am on the road.

The hike is 3 kms to the Fjord (ie. pond) and another kilometre to the tenting site (where I'm assuming the photo was taken). Boy was I wrong. There's no way you can get to the viewpoint in the photo by hiking. The place is surrounded by bogs and marshes. Even the tenting site was inaccessible as the bridge to cross the river to get to it was gone.

False advertising. I want a refund! Oh right...I haven't paid anything.

Well...I did get a couple hundred amazing shots. The 8 km hike was great. The sunset was gorgeous. Not what I had expected but definitely worth the rush to get there.

Today. The sun was shining when I woke up. Yeah!

A 350 km drive up the northern peninsula in gale force winds. I had hoped to make it to the Viking encampment at l'Anse aux Meadows but that would have been a 900 km round trip drive. A bit much. But I did make it to Port au Choix and it's museum describing the 4000 year history of the inhabitants in that location.

Time to move on. Next stop....Gander!

Here's the link to my photoshopping system for those who just can't live any longer without one of my amazing photos hanging on their wall.

Unfortunately it still doesn't link from my main website as I'm waiting for the graphic designer to create a couple of buttons to link the photo systems.
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