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clickykbd PRO 5:22am, 1 April 2007
In case you didn't catch that I finished the coding and the show opened this evening!

The submission interface is indeed LIVE:
projects.ryangallagher.name/cameratoss/gallery/

To see what the Torrance Art Museum sees on their projector, go here:
projects.ryangallagher.name/cameratoss/gallery/show/web.php

Here's some screen shots of the process and the resulting slides:

After Authenticating with Flickr...
Camera Tossing Live : Flickr API Submission Application (by clickykbd)

Searching for your camera tosses to submit:
Camera Tossing Live : Flickr API Submission Application (by clickykbd)

Viewing your active photos (after moderator approval):
Camera Tossing Live : Flickr API Submission Application (by clickykbd)

Example resulting digital "slide" showing in the exhibition's projected slideshow, refreshing every 20 seconds... for the remaining 2 months of the show...

Camera Tossing @ the Torrance Art Museum (by clickykbd)

Camera Tossing @ the Torrance Art Museum (by clickykbd)

Camera Tossing @ the Torrance Art Museum (by clickykbd)

Advice when submitting...

Please try to only submit your favorite camera toss results... the gallery can't support all 11,000 camera tosses hosted on flickr! hehe

They must be true to the idea of a camera toss... no intense digital manipulations... no "sort of thrown" cheating. This is really about throwing cameras... and what you can do with that idea.

Use the preview button, and [demo] links for all your submitted photos!... I have tried very hard to make sure everyone's attribution is proper.... but the Flickr-API and your missing profile data may result in incomplete details. You can always fill out those fields with each photo you submit.

Bear in mind, as the moderator/curator of this one piece of the show... I may reject your submission, or just sit on it in pending status indefinitely. Please don't consider it a personal insult. Also It may take me 24 hours sometimes before your pending submission goes live (ocassionally I have a day job). ;-)
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clickykbd PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by clickykbd (admin) 11 years ago
Some statistics...

Since inception (about 2 days ago):

Distinct Participants: 24
Photos Total: 362 (includes my submission)
Active Community Photos: 260 (and growing)
Photos that have been cycling the longest (since last night when I reset all the cycle data), impressions: 14
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Remember folks, the exhibition runs about 2 months... and the primary reason for having this gallery is to exhibit NEW, as they are created, camera tosses. You are still welcome to submit a small selection of your old-time favorites... but the main goal there was to get some content in there so that it wasn't empty when the show opened.

Thanks everyone who has submitted so far.
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clickykbd PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by clickykbd (admin) 11 years ago
Over 450 photos now...

This is now officially the "support" thread also:

Bug Fix: demo/live - black screen in IE7
If you were experiencing a "black screen" when attempting to view the demo or live slideshow... this was due to an IE7 bug regarding javascript calls. If you had javascript turned off it probably worked for you but didn't do the pretty fade-in on the photos. Now fixed for IE7. Tested and working in current versions of IE, Safari, and Firefox.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Bug Fixed: Some users having problems, photos appearing to submit but not being seen in any of the interface/demo afterwards.

This was simply a logic error in my code... was finally able to reproduce it when I tried submitting from the page after having clicked on the "preview" button. This problem was only happening in that one case. Submitting without previewing was working fine (and is what most people have been doing apparently).
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Behavior Issue (described): "Author/Location" not showing as expected in submit interface, having to manually type one.

A few things can cause this to be unavailable to the submit interface, and other authenticated API applications. This isn't a HUGE problem as I have provided a way for you to enter this "per photo", and many of you have been. But for future submissions this may help. Additionally, provided you make the necessary account adjustments, old submissions can be corrected with a edit/re-submit action.

1) Values must be set in your profile to begin with...
[first name] and/or [last name], if neither I use a default of your flickr screen name.

[city you live in] and/or [country]. Note "home town" is not a field applications such as this one can get to, therefore rather useless.

Then... check the following on your Profile Privacy Settings page, and change who can see the following:

2) Real name either setting works fine
- Anyone (default)
- Any Flickr member

3) Current city MUST BE SET TO "ANYONE"
- Anyone (default)
- Any Flickr member

4) [checkbox] Hide my profile from searches? This must not be checked or it will hide the "Location" information.

It seems quirky right?. IT IS! Flickr is being a little stupid with the way they handle this for authenticated API applications (IMHO), which ours is!
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clickykbd PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by clickykbd (admin) 11 years ago
Behavior Described: Editing things such as Title on flickr doesn't affect the slideshow copy of my photo?

Simple reason for this. The API is not always up. Flickr is not always up. The Muesum is always open on their schedule. I elected to cache your data such as title at the time that you submit. This should allow everything except submitting to function fine when flickr is having a massage. The downside of course...

To affect/propigate changes to your exhibit copy. You'll need to go into the submit interface and simply click the [active/edit] link, and complete the submit form once more. This updates the cached version. Minor downside is I have to approve it again before it's back in the live installation.

Provided time, I will improve this so that the cache gets updated every so often without any action on your part.

I only cache meta data. I never save any of your image files on the server. This is primarily to observe your various licenses and wishes. But if flickr's static image servers hiccup, so does the exhibit of course.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
New Feature: Contact Sheet Mode Browsing!

Screenshot:
Camera Toss Community Gallery (Contact Sheet Mode) (by clickykbd)

Hot off my keyboard.

Contact Sheet Mode
projects.ryangallagher.name/cameratoss/gallery/show/tiles...

Check it out. Also notice you can sort by "Last Shown (Recent First)", which gives you a history of how the images cycled through the gallery in the last pass up till moments before you loaded the page.
Beer30 11 years ago
The date submitted feature KICKS ASS! If you've already been through the whole show once you don't have to watch it all again to see the new stuff, this currently saves you 450 photos @ 20 seconds each... 2.5 hours! Awesome, Ryan! Thanks!
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Yeah, the needs of the online audience vs. the museum audience are very different... glad to make it easier for those trying to keep up.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Need some beta-testers running screen resolutions LARGER than 1024x768 to try out a new feature...

Go here:
projects.ryangallagher.name/cameratoss/gallery/show/test.php
(temporary url)

And let me know if it now properly displays a photo up to 1024 on the long side when your browser window has room to support it (and the "Large" size is available on flickr). On resize events it re-decides which size image to show.

Right now it's doing that for window widths larger than 1100, but I don't have such a computer so a little hard to tweak it. Should I increase that trigger size?
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I've taken some screen shots for you how it looks with the screen resolution 1280x1024:

The photo is shown with the correct size but the the boxes (heading and attribution) are moving under and over the photo. I think the "Large" size of the photos is only good for screens greater then 1280x1024 so you can see the heading and the attribution box correct. Or you have to change the Z-Index of the DIVs, so that the heading and and attribution box are both shown on top of the photo,

www.cameratossing.de/test/screen1.jpg
www.cameratossing.de/test/screen2.jpg

Hope this helps a little bit.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
That does. I think you are right and 1280 wide screens are not suitably large for the "large" size. Will increase the trigger width. Technically it should be taller than 1024 by a good margin in case the photo is a portrait oriented one. I'll see if adding a test for that is much work.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
New Feature (Activated): Window Size image negotiations

The live and demo slideshows now smartly detects very large screens/windows and allows the display of the Flickr "large" size if it exists (alternatively it also tests for an "original" size below 1024 on the long dimension, which may exist when flickr doesn't generate the "large"). Admittedly you need a pretty big screen before this happens... as the image should not clobber the rest of the slideshow elements.

Currently it toggles to the bigger image if your window portal is larger than:
1514w x 1124h
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
BTW, current accepted submissions sits at a whopping 540 images. But alot of that is coming from several very active submitters. Let's get some variety in there!
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Minor addition:

You now get some navigation and info about the show in the slideshow... but only if you are viewing from the web... the projection at Torrance Art Museum excludes this extra information.
Brian in Cleveland PRO 11 years ago
Can I just say how awesome this is?
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Brian... sure! And thanks/you're welcome.

New Feature: RSS (feedburner) feed for accepted submissions

Subscribe in a reader

Yup yup. Keep up with the new ones in your favorite reader/aggregator. This should have been in place from the beginning... but ahh well. Mostly did this for participants who really want an easy way to see the slideshow grow, but I imagine the public might like it too.

Now off to scatter some links around the interface. Tata.
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clickykbd PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by clickykbd (admin) 11 years ago
Rapidly approaching 600 contributed images (580 currently)... actually 553 if you exclude the self-portrait submissions.

Quick note about self-portrait submissions...

I realize perhaps it is a little confusing. Your self-portrait uploads do not have to be "camera tossed" versions of yourself. Although many have submitted those and that is fine. If it is a camera toss you wish people to really see though, please specify "Camera Toss" type in the dropdown as you submit. Otherwise they only get used (and only your most recent self-portrait) next to your name and attribution information.

Pending images

If you still have images showing up at "pending" i've probably left them that way on purpose... not ready to use the [reject] button that feverishly... but many of you submitted ALOT of photos... and I hand select a portion for the active exhibit. They may get added later. But don't hesitate to submit new ones too.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Was passed at least one article/write-up before the show opened by a local LA newspaper.

The Daily Breeze
www.dailybreeze.com/rave/articles/6771942.html?showAll=y&...

And also this blogger has some photos (but Camera Toss wasn't on the projectors at that moment)
bushfinger.livejournal.com/55180.html
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Google alerts pick up a few more things...

Made the JPGMag blog:
jpgmag.com/blog/2007/04/commandz.html

And this amusing blurb on engadget about HP's camera tossing press release a while back. Which I admit was rather fishy as to motivations. The commenters picked up on it too. ;-)
www.engadget.com/2007/04/13/hp-recommends-throw-your-came...
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
A bit of coverage on the show... mostly discussing the time-lapse photography that was included, in the LA Times:

A fast-forward trip through time's passage -- L.A. Times April 15th.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Some nice submissions today. Just a reminder that you only have a couple more weeks to share to this public exhibition of camera toss. Currently 630 active items in the slideshow.

I intend to write a script to send out a reminder flickr-mail to the group membership before the exhibition closes... although participation was high, I think much of the membership does not bother to read these forums and want to give everyone a chance to put something in if they want to.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
Bug notice:

Jonathan Vo found a small bug, which I will fix when I get a chance. If you delete a photo from flickr before removing it first from the gallery, the [delete] link, which appears under the default photo not found flickr graphic in the interface, simply dies in a friendly, although innacurate error message.

As good practice try to remember to remove your photos from this slideshow before deleting from flickr... but i'll catch the ones you miss eventually. And after fixing this bug, you'll be able to clean up such entries yourself too.
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clickykbd PRO 11 years ago
FYI
Exhibition CLOSING one week from this comment (May 26th). I intend to disable submissions at that time too, but might leave the slideshow up online for a while afterwards.

Last chance to submit!
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clickykbd PRO 10 years ago
Exhibition Closed, May 26th

Congratulations everyone who was involved. I hope to aquire some documentation and feedback from the curators that we can share and discuss here soon.

The web gallery is still online in the final form, however submissions are now closed (and will technically be disabled soon).
Jonathan Vo Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Vo (member) 10 years ago
Blogged a tiny bit about the closing of Command Z on lightXposed.

lightxposed.blogspot.com/2007/05/command-z-exhibition-clo...
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mtnrockdhh 10 years ago
I'd like to formally extend my gratitude and appreciation to Ryan for his philanthropic handling of the Torrance show. I hope the folks who got the pleasure of seeing the show in person enjoyed it as much as I did when viewing it from the weblink. It was a joy to see all the great toss images from photographers all over the world assembled in one place and updated regularly as we continued to ply our artistry.

Again, hat's off to Ryan!! For inviting us all to tag along on his coat-tails in the first place, for creating the means for community involvement, and for being able to efficiently deal with the deluge of photos that were sent his way.

Dave
davespilbrow Posted 10 years ago. Edited by davespilbrow (member) 10 years ago
Yeah thanks Ryan
Beer30 10 years ago
Ryan rocks.
thanks for throwing such a nice event for us!
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clickykbd PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by clickykbd (admin) 10 years ago
Aw shucks. No biggie. I can't promise all future events will be as participatory but it certainly was fun putting this one together! Glad quite a few got a chance to participate... some new faces too, that had not been around for the community elements of the Hamburg show.
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Thanks Ryan for making this possible for the community!
thepurplefreak 10 years ago
Thank you!!!
_ferro_ 10 years ago
I would like to thank you too, Ryan. I really appreciate belonging to this group.
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clickykbd PRO 10 years ago
A brief write up of our contribution to "Command-Z" appeared on Ted Fishers "New York Portraits" blog today. If you weren't paying attention, Ted Fisher was one of the curators of the exhibition.

permalink

I have already/commented and emailed him again asking about additional feedback and perhaps some photo or video documentation of how command-z looked from a visitor perspective. If anyone has links to that content he might.

Please respect that he is a busy man and let my request represent the community of contributors. Though I don't think he would mind a few comments on the blog posting.
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mtnrockdhh Posted 10 years ago. Edited by mtnrockdhh (moderator) 10 years ago
I added a thanks to Ted on his blog. Any word from him regarding other places Command-Z will be showing?
Jonathan Vo 10 years ago
I've talked to him quite a bit, and there are thoughts of it going to New York. But only thoughts, nothing really set yet.
Mea culpa... I am way overdue in offering my thanks to Ryan for such a great exhibit for the community. Bravo!!
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clickykbd PRO 10 years ago
You're welcome Right_Brain. It was a good experience... If Command-Z does make it to NY, of course the submissions will re-open to the slideshow at that time.
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