If you are a regular reader of this tome you have likely noticed a tendency for your humble narrator to see the world in the glass-is-half-empty manner. It’s true. I won’t try to deny it. I won’t even try to defend it. It is the way my poor brain works. And while there certainly are factors and reasons that may go a long way to explaining why I’m like this, WordPress isn’t the forum for such discussion. Well….at least not this particular WordPress blog.
That said, my last blog entry (found here, which you had better read because if you don’t you’ll grow hair in strange new places that you won’t like one little bit) was more on the upbeat side than usual due to some good things happening with a foray into using some RAW image file editing software. However, there were some pictures (of flowers) that I could not get to look right in the software I was using that evening. While I have RAW image editing software liberally sprinkled between my PC and laptop, I do not have my heaviest hitter on the laptop, but only on the PC. And as I was working on the laptop….well….you get the picture.
Today I took those more troublesome image files of the flowers to the PC and opened the monolith that is, and please do not laugh, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. I know……I know…..’heavier hitter’? Elements 6? Hey. It was affordable and does a lot of nifty things and who was I to purchase Lightroom until I was certain I could make full use of it?
The upside to my relocation to the PC and the more competent and capable Elements 6 (from the laptop’s Capture One software, which I really, really like – don’t get me wrong – it does a really good job at the more basic and necessary RAW image editing stuff) was that I actually managed to wrangle the images into what they needed to be! Nothing really over the top mind you. Strong reds and purples seem to overwhelm the camera’s sensor and become to harsh looking; unnatural. I needed a way to reduce the vibrancy of the red and purples without butchering the colours, saturation and vibrancy of the rest of the colours in the image. In the end I obtained the results I wanted and even figured out how to use Elements 6 to create a JPEG version of the image in the size I use for upload to Flickr.
Double happiness all round. It’s all sunshine and bunnies from this day forward! Can you feel the love in the air?
But see….the story isn’t complete, is it? Nope. For now I have these lovely web-ready JPEGs all set for upload to Flickr. And it is here that the cosmos strike with its usual vengeance, just to show me that sunshine and bunnies can easily turn into thunderstorms and that rabbit from Monty Python’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Or something close to it.
Feeling emboldened, smug and secure in my new-found abilities with Elements 6 I activate my just updated to version 3.0 Mozilla Firefox web browser and steer the mighty Forkboy ship towards Flickr.com. I sign in, select to upload images, select the four images from my computer’s hard drive and then click upon the magic icon that will begin the upload……only to find nothing happens. Nothing transpires. Nothing occurs.
After about 60-seconds the little line that races across the screen to inform me that a file is uploading actually races across the screen, but instead of the lovely, lovely checkmark appearing I instead receive an angry little yellow triangle thingy with an exclamation point within its confines. Sort of Flickr’s way of giving me the middle finger. Or, for you folks across the pond, the ol pumping v-sign.
I retry the process to no avail. I sign out of and back into Flickr, but again it’s the angry little yellow triangle thingy of hate and malice. I once again sign out of Flickr and head off into the world of the Internet for a few minutes just to return to Flickr and yet again begin the process of trying to upload these most gorgeous images of flowers that took me no small amount of time to render into useable images for uploading to the web. But it’s no dice folks. The gods of Flickr have not taken to my burnt offerings and have smited me. (As a side note, my original title for this posting was “It’s all sunshine and bunnies,” but after I typed that last sentence I just burst out laughing thinking it one of the funnier things I have written in some time. So I changed the title. So sue me.)
So what is a guy to do under these circumstances? Shrug it off as ‘one of those things’ and try again in a few hours, or maybe tomorrow? No. Not this time. Flickr gods be damned. I’m in the right and I have the power and glory of those four gorgeous flowers behind me. We’re going to get these four fucking pictures uploaded if it’s the last thing I ever do!
Long story short: downloaded and installed the Flickr uploader. Used it. It worked, but with a minor glitch: it rendered my description twice for each image uploaded. But it worked. I had thwarted the angry gods of Flickr and used their own software to bring them to their knees….or whatever it is they have.
So I sit here calmly at my PC, typing up this blog, with a pleasant smile on my face, knowing that I had triumphed more than once today and that it is…..really…..all sunshine and bunnies.