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A Digital Photographic Journey

I have been shooting digital, kinda-sorta, more or less since the early 2000's. It was only in 2004 that I got serious about it with the purchase of a Canon EOS 300D. It was only in 2007 that I got even more serious and created an account on PBase to display my photos.

As I have observed elsewhere photo uploads to PBase are plunging in number year on year (down over 20% year on year for the last few years, down over 25% in 2016 compared to 2015 and on track to be the same again for 2017), and there's no reason to believe that it isn't shedding members and therefore revenue at the same rate. I noticed only last week that yet another of my favourites has left.

Although I plan to stay to the grim end ($23 is not the end of the world and if (when?) the place goes down it won't be by my hand), I'm also pragmatic enough to not want to be left high and dry if (when) it happens.

I've set up an account on Flickr (SmugMug is too much like a secret society and 500px seems to be the "home of overcooking") and expect that when (what I think is) the inevitable happens, I'll go there. ("Here", if you're reading this on Flickr.) I'm also adding all of my titles and descriptions to the photos' IPTC Core metadata so that when I upload them to any new site I won't have to waste time creating the captions or descriptions. Good sites (including PBase, actually) read those automatically. All of the comments that I've received over the years are of course still vulnerable to loss but I haven't figured out a way to handle that yet. For the moment that's either "hope" or "rely on Google caching".

However I don't want to tie myself to any one hosting site again so any sharp-eyed regular visitors may have noticed that I've started watermarking my shots with a personal domain instead of the PBase one. I don't plan to host my shots there - it would be too much work and a community of 1 is hardly a community - but at least it's a central navigation point which can point to wherever my photos may be hosted in the future. (Because it's not like Yahoo, Flickr's owner, doesn't have financial problems of its own, so I'm assuming nothing.)

As part of my site I created a couple of slideshows; one image from each year of digital shooting, ideally one which I have not uploaded previously. Not necessarily the best shot of the year but a diverse range of shots and locations.

(Yet somehow Canberra has been missed despite it being a prominent destination for me for several years now.)

In any case, I thought I would put them up here as well. It's less a gallery than a sampler box.
20040502_IMG_0058 Laps
20040502_IMG_0058 Laps
20050813 IMG 0400 So THAT'S A Leading Line
20050813 IMG 0400 So THAT'S A Leading Line
20060908 1255 The RAW Power Of Nature
20060908 1255 The RAW Power Of Nature
20070602 1838 Wollongong Sunrise
20070602 1838 Wollongong Sunrise
20080217 _MG_0624 A Framed Waterfall
20080217 _MG_0624 A Framed Waterfall
20090410_IMG_3380HDR Night Prowling
20090410_IMG_3380HDR Night Prowling
20100209_MG_5253 Practicing PADing
20100209_MG_5253 Practicing PADing
20111001_MG_19325 The Classic (Or Cliched) View Of The Apostles
20111001_MG_19325 The Classic (Or Cliched) View Of The Apostles
20121213_MG_25855 Looking Back In Time
20121213_MG_25855 Looking Back In Time
20130809_8090754 Far Side Of The World
20130809_8090754 Far Side Of The World
20140209_MG_7545 Closer To Home
20140209_MG_7545 Closer To Home
20150829_008650 Winter Wanderings
20150829_008650 Winter Wanderings
20160821_015161 The Symbol Of Home
20160821_015161 The Symbol Of Home