Month: February 2015

Protecting sensitive locations in Lightroom: Geofencing 101

I got into a discussion on twitter today where I suggested someone should put a Geofence around their house, and then had to explain what geofences are. Since this is something I think everyone should be doing — but it’s a rather obscure concept that hasn’t gotten wide discussion, I thought I’d go into this with a bit of detail. Do you encode GPS data onto your photos? Do you publish them? Does your camera have a GPS built in? What about your phone? Is it encoding GPS coordinates onto those images you put on Twitter or Instagram? Are you sure? I geo-encode all of my images, since it helps me remember where I took a shot and how to go back to that location later. I also (usually) include those coordinates when I publish images. I don’t use technology to auto-encode that GPS info, though, but add it manually during my keywording phase, choosing to, as I put it, add GPS coordinates to the location of the shoot, but not to the bush. That’s my way to quietly encourage people that are interested in a location to be able to find it, but to go and find their own shots and not to simply duplicate someone else’s shots. It’s a compromise between disclosure and sharing of knowledge and enabling the kind of behaviors I don’t feel are constructive...

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The Sharks are not a Playoff Team

Yesterday the Sharks held their outdoor game at Levi stadium about five miles from here. Laurie and I decided not to try for tickets and instead watched from the comfort of the couch. David Pollack of the Merc has good overall coverage of the event. The Sharks were the Sharks — although you never know this season which Sharks will show up: the pissed off, play hard sharks or the confused-looking and playing badly Sharks. The good news is that last night the good Sharks showed up. The bad news is they showed very clearly they aren’t close to being as good as the Kings. Given that the Sharks have been right on the playoff bubble and chasing the Kings in the standings, this game was presented as a key one in the playoff run. They were right, and this game pretty much proves what I was saying on twitter last week: this team isn’t a playoff team and even if it squeaks into the playoffs, it’ll be a quick exit. I’m not going to complain about that. This Sharks team had a great run and succeeded in every way — except that last ultimate goal. That window has closed and this team is now in transition to the next generation that’ll make the next run at winning the Stanley Cup. At some point a team has to take...

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Nabby! Nabby!

As I write this it’s a couple of hours after Evgeni Nabokov officially ended his 14 year career. Much of that was spent as a Shark, which was the team that drafted him — and in many ways, Nabby (as he was fondly known) defined an era of Sharks hockey. The history of the Sharks can to some degree be defined around two goaltenders — in the early years, it was Arturs “Like Wall” Irbe who stepped between the pipes and stabilized goaltending for an honestly not very good team for almost 200 games, the team’s first playoffs and a lot of memorable firsts. Irbe is still second on the Sharks in total games played in goal, although Antti Niemi is on pace to pass him later this season. After Irbe, the Sharks spent a lot of time finding their next “real” goalie, with Mike Vernon and his 111 games over two season coming closest to being fan favorite. Steve Shields (125 games total) played more games during that period but I never felt that the fans ever fell in love with him and he was just inconsistent enough that you couldn’t quite trust that he’d be there in the clutch. In retrospect, I think we as fans didn’t give him as much credit as he deserved. But the team and the fans were clearly looking for a goalie...

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Refuge Run 2015

Refuge Run 2015 — I took a couple of days away from everything and went up to the Central Valley around Williams, California so I could spend time at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. These are just far enough away from home base to make it worth overnighting in a hotel to minimize the travel time and distance. It was definitely worth it this year as I got some great shooting in at Sacramento, including three different Bald Eagles, and that included a bald eagle territory argument and another bald eagle coot hunting. Not much to complain about there. This is the collection of the images from that...

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