BlogStomp, What Is It?

In the past I have always used Windows Live Writer to write my blog posts. But for sometime Microsoft have not updated it and no longer support it. After one big Windows 10 update it just failed to work, which left me looking around for an alternative to write my blog posts. I’ve tried Microsoft Word, Open Live Writer and a few other in between but finally I settled on the desktop app that WordPress themselves supply. It works fine, but the biggest problem was trying to embed my files from Flickr.

Now that SmugMug have decided to limit non-pro users to 1000 photographs I had to settle for a new place to put the photographs that I would use in blog posts. The obvious answer was the WP Media Server, which although limited to 3Gb should suffice if I kept the files small. That’s where Adobe Lightroom comes in, especially as I found out that there was a plugin for Lightroom which uploaded my photographs directly to the WP Media Server. So to all intents and purposes I was sorted.

Then, purely by chance I heard about BlogStomp. It’s an app which optimizes your photographs for web use.

amongst other things you can make collages of photographs. You can put a border around them as well.

Mike Hardisty Photography,

and include watermarks

You can even write direct to your blog from BlogStomp, which I’m doing now. At the moment it’s in trial mode so when I post this it’s going to have watermarks all over it. I’ve been playing around with it for about a week now, just making test posts that I’ve not published, but I thought I’d share this one.

Now as much as I like BlogStomp, I’m thinking do I need to spend USD$49 to be able to write a blog post, when I’ve got free tools to do so. Admittedly Lightroom isn’t free, but it’s a tool I couldn’t do without to manage and process my photographs, so I accept that as a necessary expanse. Apart from the collages. I reckon I still could get by without BlogStomp.

Have you heard of BlogStomp? Do you use it in your workflow? If you do I’d appreciate your input.

This was posted from BlogStomp

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It’s All About Colour

A few weeks ago, just when Autumn was finishing, I headed off into the Gwydir Forest looking for some nice colours. The day before we had experienced heavy rain and high winds, a lot of the trees had already lost their leaves. But I wasn’t after trees with leaves. I was looking for fallen leaves to add a splash of colour to a small waterfall I often pass when heading into the forest

First and foremost, make it an obvious picture of colour! Rather than looking for rocks, leaves, trees, waterfalls, birds, flowers, fire hydrants, starfish, boats, orchards, or bridges, focus your energy and vision on red, blue, yellow, orange, green, or violet. Colour first, content second! – Bryan Peterson – From the book: “Learning to See Creatively: Design, Colour & Composition in Photography”

Everything was wet, the roads through the forest were slippery with leaves that had fallen. not ideal if you hit a really slippery patch and start to slide. But thankfully everything was OK.

The waterfall I was after is quite small, but that means I can get really close to it without worrying about spray and mist fogging the front of my lens. Thankfully the rain had made it a bit more forceful and there were a lot of wet leaves lying on the rocks

Gwydir Forest Waterfall
One of the many small waterfalls to be found in the forest

So I got my colour, orange and greens. I hope you like the photograph.

This is another test post to see how the WP Media Server handles portrait mode photographs

 

Llyn Crafnant

Normally when I visit Llyn Crafnant I stay at the northern end, more because it’s convenient than anything else. At the southern end of the lake is a gate that was locked the very first time I went there. so I thought it was private land.

Abandoned
Ruins on the hillside above Llyn Crafnant

But last week I decided to go back down to the far end of the lake, mainly because I was looking for something different, and interestingly the gate was unlocked. Now here comes the difficult decision. Go through and park the car, hoping no one comes back and locks the gate. Or just turn around and head back. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but this is a remote part of Snowdonia so I was still a bit wary of getting locked in.

Look what I found, an old abandoned building, there’s lots of them in the national park, but this is one I hadn’t photographed and with that backdrop it had to be done.

This is just a test post, to help me choose a theme that will show off my photographs as large as possible. When I was using Flickr if you clicked on the photograph you got to see it much larger. I don’t think that happens when you use the WP Media Server