Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Advent at "Bryggen" - and maybe a pause ...


"Bryggen" in Bergen is teeming with tourists during the summer season. But you may find one or two (and maybe some locals) before Christmas too.

PS Blogger has recently started applying an "automatic enhancement" to your pictures when you upload photos (jpgs) from your harddisk. For this they use features in Picasa, even though you don't use Picasa yourself. This can only be turned off if you use Google+.  I had no intention of using Google+ before, and even less now. There are workarounds, in this case saving the file in png-format. Only - I use Adobe Lightroom as my centre for photography; which don't save to that format as far as I can see. So I have to export it to Adobe Photoshop and save it from there. This creates an unnecessary PSD/TIFF file in Lightroom that has to be removed to avoid clutter. So, this blog will probably be quiet while I search for other solutions or other vendors. A pity if I have to close down - I started in 2006 ...

18 comments:

Englepappa said...

Flott lys og stemningsfullt bilde!

HansHB said...

Stilig bilde!
Synd om du stenger døra!
Hva med å bruke wordpress?
Funker ok for meg!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful capture, Rune!! The holidays are on their way!! Hope you have a great week!!

John said...

Love the old wood in the shot. Interested by your comment on the use of Picasa. I wonder if that is why some of my shots have a slight sepia effect after upload to the blog, they are not as black as on my Mac in Aperture.

Becky Jerdee said...

Oh no!!! That's quite a quandary!!! I wish you the best of luck in resolving this...I would really hate to lose my visuals of Norway!
This shot is positively delicious...from the historic Hanseatic League section of town :)
Bryggen

Valerie said...

Firstly, lovely shot. It somehow really evokes the European lead up to Christmas.
Secondly, I hate the thought of having to join/use google + too. It all feels invasive somehow. I resize/edit my photos in PSE then save them to my desktop and then upload them to my blog. No problems so far! All I can say is get in touch with a computer expert and see what they suggest. My local computer whiz didn't even charge me the last time I gave my computer (and almost myself) a nervous breakdown..

Malyss said...

I'd like to be walking there, there's a sweet mood in that picture.
I hope you'll find a solution. Blog life would be less interesting without your wonderful pictures.

Gry said...

Flott bilde, ser ut som om folkene søker ly for vinden!

Skikkelig irriterende med slike innstillingen, spesielt for folk som ikke er så datakynding! (som meg altså...)

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so annoyed that Blogger won't leave well enough alone! I am not interested in Blogger+ either.

Kate said...

It is very annoying when technology overrides your own work and makes decisions for you!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I got hooked on Blogger+ and then spent weeks getting unhooked. I don't like Google+ and got rid of Chrome and Picasa too. In fact, I think that was one of the issues if I clicked "delete Google+" was getting rid of all the stuff I had. I thought about it and clicked "delete" and now they are trying to induce me to return. I felt they were trying to build up their numbers at our expense or something. There are a host of programs that are free that do the same thing and that is how Picasa started as did Blogger and both were snatched up by Google. I use Word Press but it is one of those kinds of places where people don't venture unless they know someone there and want to see their stuff. I am still stuck but without either of the two.

I really liked this photo. It reminds me, so much, of the narrow alleys and streets in Japan back in the 1950s. I seldom saw boards but slabs like patio blocks. There was also a lot of mud and the wooden walkways was up out of the mud so most people walked there. Very good photo. I hope you stick with it.

I was reflecting back the other day and remembered when I was so enthusiastic about Blogger and getting thousands of visitors that I came up with a blog "Pick a Peck of Pixels." A peck back in the day was about half of a bushel so that came from there. I had hoped to get at least ten thousand visitors but never came close to that and those were the days when blogging was top dog. I still like it. I like Blogger because I can do more with it than other sites. I even thought about going back to my own dot com wed site but until I figure out how to make money on it, I am steering clear.

I am waiting on my new camera and when it comes I might begin a new blog with nothing on it except that camera and the pictures I take with it. I have a picture of it on my brookville ohio daily photo blog at bloodspot.

Gerald (SK14) said...

It is the first I've heard about blogger doing auto-enhance - will have to watch out - I've concluded that as more and more people are viewing using phone and tablets rather than desktops with big monitors it is probably OTT to post larger photos on blogs.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Great photo. Very interesting info about Google+ as it pertains to blog photos. I am going to search around and find out more and also talk to my computer guru friend. I do not like Google's pushy attitude with one's property. You always seem to be on top of what is happening -- thanks for sharing -- barbara

NatureFootstep said...

GOOGLE+ and GOOGLE is a bitch! I have to check this out. Thanks for telling me. I too have plans to leave the building.

Banjo52 said...

Thanks for the information, Rune. I too don't know why they can't leave well enough alone. Please don't shut down entirely!

The water and the wood really make this shot for me, though I also relate to the guy in the foreground, who looks as lost as I usually feel when shopping.

Dina said...

This doesn't sound good . . .

Mandy Southgate said...

This is a wonderful photo!

I'm sorry that you're having problems with Blogger again and hope you've found a solution. Ironically, the best place for advice would be Google +. I absolutely respect your reasons for not wanting to join but I became active there because the Blogger communities were so helpful and kind.

katney said...

Rune, you can create a Google + account, use it just for changing the image enhances setting to no, and never use it again. Hopefully we will eventually convince the Blogger powers that be that this being the default is a stupid move.