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Giulia Super

giulia super

What a beautiful vintage car. I saw this snapshot in my Flickr archive. From 2008, taken in Hannover with my Canon 40D.

I like this Alfa Romeo.

Find out more in this Wikipedia article.

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February flowers

flowers

For the boring flower snapshot album, some first signs of spring.

flowers
breakthrough
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When you have over 20 thousand photos on Flickr…

I’ve been on Flickr for over a decade.

And I have over 20 thousand photos.

Imagine.

I didn’t think this is possible.

Memories. Snapshots. Visual notes.

The primary beneficiary is… me.

I love browsing thru my photos.

I love seeing old snapshots emerge in the Flickr stats or in old links or chats.

I realize Flickr might be dying. I hope not. I hope the new owners find a sustainable business model soon. And ways to innovate.

sunset thru the curtain
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A weekend in Göteborg

Some snapshots and memories in this Flickr album.

lion
La sfida commincia
cake
if you share, there are no calories
street art in Göteborg
Street art
lamp shade
Patterns
göteborg
pippi longstocking
If you are strong, be kind
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Zucchero

zucchero

A snapshot from my archives on Flickr.

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Where are you going?

Saw this chalk message on the pavement this week near Basel SBB train station. Where is your life going?

wo geht dein Leben hin?
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Photowalk

I went photo-walking with the Basel Photography Meetup on Saturday. The theme was #Openings.

#opening

On my way into town, I saw this yellow monster. Nothing open about it. And very noisy.

loud machinery

I like this snapshot of openings within a gate:

#opening

This snapshot of some openings in this construction site scaffolding fits my likeable criteria equally well:

#opening

An enjoyable photo-walk thru Basel.

water fountain
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“The boring flower snapshot” lives on

I noticed that searching for the phrase “the boring flower snapshot” still leads to some of my flower snaps on Google and Duck Duck Go.

Added some new snaps to my collection. So boring.

flower power
flower power
flower power

I think this is a great example how using links and relevant anchor texts consistently can help you rank for a specific phrase.

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Bicycle tour

I took part in a bicycle tour of public spaces and buildings in Basel. A highlight.

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La domenica sportiva

I went for a long slow run today. Along the Wiese river. Up to Bettingen. Via my favourite sawdust track (aka Finnenbahn) at Ausserberg. And, ending my run at the Kneipp facility in Riehen.

Feeling positive and blessed.

water catchment area of basel
Dieser Weg
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Stacked

Took this snap of a stack of newspapers some time ago. I like the pattern.

stacked
a fave of mine: stacks of newspapers
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Tulip time

tulip bubble
tulip bubble chez moi
while i was away the tulips started flowering #gardening 2019

Planted several tulip bulbs last autumn. Reminds me of the tulip bubble.

At the peak of tulip mania, in February 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsworker.

Tulip Mania
tulip mania
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A postcard from Basel

basel münster as seen from wettstein-brücke

I took this snapshot last week. A postcard view of the Münster in Basel.

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Flickr: Should I stay or should I go?

Smug Mug acquired Flickr in April 2018. The question every long-term Flickr user is asking:

Should I renew my subscription?

I’ve been on Flickr for a very long time. And seen many ups and downs. Probably more downs. And it’s 2019 and I still use Flickr.

Con:

  • Subscription has doubled in price: 50$ for 1 year instead of 2 years.
  • There is an ongoing downturn in community activity. Group discussions are rare.

Pro:

  • Without VIPs, social media influencers and advertisers, Flickr has become a quieter place far from the crowd. Which isn’t so bad if you don’t need to promote and sell.
  • The mobile app works. Nothing flashy but ok.
  • Flickr supports the main functions I need. Easy, structured photo storage that is searchable and shareable.
  • Currently, no new features are tested on unsuspecting users on a weekly basis.
  • I have nearly 15 years of links and embedded photos that I would need to update on this blog.
  • Sentimental value: faves, comments, tags, memories, stats, links.
  • Smug Mug isn’t Facebook / Google / Microsoft / Amazon.

I have some time until my subscription expires. I have a local copy of all of my photos and I’ve started to pull a backup of my Flickr account.

#biketowork #3rdJan2019 #backtowork #frohes #neues

The question is: Should I stay or should I go? And if I go, where should I go? And does it matter?

the road ahead

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Leafy details

leafy details
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Making cream cake

cream cake

Watching my mom make cream cake. Click on the black area to start the video.

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Photowalking into 2018

I started the year with a walk in and around Riehen, Bettingen and Chrischona.

Some snapshots (unedited, pêle-mêle) can be viewed on my Flickr photostream:

dry and shriveled

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Snapshots of the day

I took part in yesterday’s Basel Photography Meetup. The topic was construction sites. Quite a challenge. And inspiring to see what other photographers see at the same location.

My snaps:

baustelle

auf der baustelle

auf der baustelle

My fave of the day is really for my collection of bicycle content. Velo content for the win:

green for bicycles

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Best chiperoni.ch snapshot of 2016?

Another year has passed. And it’s time to look at my photos and select a snapshot per month.

My photo selection skills are influenced by memories, rather than the photo’s quality alone.

The method:
I quickly scan through my photos on a per month basis and select a photo based on number of views, personal taste, or memories or a mixture of all three.

History:
See past summaries for 2015 and 2014 and 2013 and 2012 and 2010.

January 2016

snow shower

February 2016

riehen dorfkirche

March 2016

katze

April 2016

handheld snapshot at the waterfront

May 2016

hausboot

June 2016

kraftwerk

July 2016

cycling holidays

August 2016

cos i'm leaving on a jet plane

September 2016

disappearing

October 2016

Westweg Pforzheim <-> Basel

November 2016

leaves lying on the road

December 2016

münster from wettstein bridge on 1 december 2016

Your feedback and comments are highly appreciated.

You can also view the selection in this Flickr album.

best of 2016?

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The fast track to DIY images

For all my creative photography friends, here’s an article by Moz on how images boost conversion. And a list of tools.

The sample images displayed in the Moz article aren’t very inspiring but the tools look useful.

My toolset? I use Canva and Photoshop at the day job and Pixelmator on my MacBook at home.

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Copenhagen snaps

cos i'm leaving on a jet plane

Hausboot

opera copenhagen

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Best snapshot of 2015?

Here is an attempt to find my best snapshot per month for 2015.

January 2015

michiru

February 2015

#wettstein bridge after the #fasnacht cortege on wednesday evening

March 2015

ein brunnen in basel

April 2015

Vespa speedometer

May 2015

Chichewa for English speakers by Nathaniel Maxson

June 2015

naturbad riehen

July 2015

das leben ist besser wenn du lachst

August 2015

the view from my hotel room

September 2015

wassermelone

October 2015

belchen, schwarzwald

November 2015

Fish and chips

December 2015

beautiful puppy

The method:
I quickly scanned through my photos on a per month basis and selected a photo based on number of views or memories or both.

History:
See past summaries for 2014 and 2013 and 2012 and 2010.

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Reasons to blog

I saw this article today on the benefits of blogging:

  1. Blogs refine your thoughts
  2. Blogs reward the creator
  3. Blogs amplify your humanity
  4. Blogs connect us to our tribes
  5. Blogs give introverts a voice
  6. Blogs reward the “new age” publishers
  7. Blogs embrace the experimenters
  8. Blogs accelerate discovery
  9. Blogs open up a world without borders

I’ve written about the reflective power of writing. E.g. here.

I bet, there were similar articles about writing ever since writing was invented.

It’s quite difficult to carve out a space in our multimedia world to sit down and write and reflect and create. Many times I just feel like I am part of the echo chamber. Not adding any value. Not going deep enough.

One reason to keep your blog going is digital memories.

The weather was beautiful today. Sunny and warm. I tried to capture the day and hold onto the moment with these snapshots.

Walking down the stairs:

Photo

Crossing the river Rhein at the Kraftwerk:

hello basel

This bicycle colour is cool:

hell-blau

Looking down:

muster

Just like in San Francisco, the fog moved in at around 5 pm:

der nebel kommt

Autumn colours:

leaves

I am continuing my Vine experiment. Here’s the new water fountain in Riehen Dorf:

Video isn’t easy. At all. This Coschedule blog post mentions some tools to explore:

  • Video Hance (iPhone)
  • QuickCast (iPhone)
  • ScreenFlow (desktop tool)

Always a good resource, Hubspot lists video ideas to try out for your business.

What tools or apps can you recommend? I’m on Android.

By chance, I learnt that there is an edit function in Vine.

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Autumn colours

Last weekend, I went for a walk on Belchen in the southern Black Forest (1414 m). Not as high and spectacular as the Swiss alps, but still very beautiful.

I nearly forgot to take my camera.

Here are some snapshots:

autumn colours

dieser weg

belchen, schwarzwald

herbstfarben

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Blue light

I like this snapshot of blue light flooding the rest of the room:

blue light