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Junk Shop Gates | by nigel@hornchurch
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Junk Shop Gates

I have been away for several months, travelling. My intention was to take pictures, load them to my iPad and process them there, finally uploading to Flickr from the iPad. I had no other computer with me on my journey.


All of this worked up to a point. I could take pictures. I could copy them to the iPad with the Camera Connection Kit. I could process them as I wanted with a number of different apps on the iPad. The problem was getting them to Flickr. Not because of the iPad's inadequacies, but due to very limited access to the internet on the journey. I could get access only once or twice a week for around 30 minutes. When you have only this short access there are other important things to do which excluded photography.


I believe I could have done all that I aimed to do, if only my internet access had been better. I was able, surprisingly, to automatically upload all my pictures to Apple's Photostream service so they could be viewed by people at home. But again with limited, slow, internet access this took some time and it could take a week or more before pictures reached Photostream.


So this has been uploaded here after I am back sitting in front of my iMac! It was taken on my iPhone 4S, processed in SnapSeed (I think) on the iPad. It was uploaded to Photostream (as described above), but it sat on the iPad until just now when I copied it to Aperture and then to Flickr.


So my experience of photography when travelling without a computer, using just an iPad was inconclusive. It surprised me how much we rely on full internet access and how restricted access limits what you can do.


BTW, the picture is of the gates outside one of the local junk shops (there were lots in Santiago - recycling is big in the Philippines). It just amused me that the gates were made of junk - very appropriate.

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Taken on January 11, 2012