Q: But why do you keep so many?
A: I throw out the obviously bad or duplicate ones, but beyond that, you never know what people might want a picture of. And keeping them all isn't hard, so why not? And besides, having a lot of pictures helps tell the story of what happened, rather than just telling about what I thought was interesting.
Q: Why don't you use flickr or something similar?
A: I like my stuff -- it's simple, easy to work with, and doesn't shrink down the pictures smaller than I'd prefer. And album is simple yet rocks. Of course, the downside is that you can't add comments and do the other things that flickr or similar services let you do. I may work something out a some point ...
Q: Why are things so slow?
The site is on a T1, which gives it a max speed of
about 200 KB/s. And the pictures are generally not shrunk too much to
keep the quality up -- but that makes them larger. I think it's worth
the slowness ...
It's on a ten megabit link now. Not slow any more, though I do have a speed limiter that limits the download speed of the full sized pictures to a quarter of that.
Q: Can I get larger versions of the pictures?
A: Sure. Click on the thumbnail for a 1024x768 (or so) version of the picture, and then click on that to get the original. The originals are typically 4-15 megapixels, depending on which camera was used.
If you want to download a few full pictures, no problem, just do it. If you want to download hundreds, let me know -- I can probably make them available more easily without sucking up all the bandwidth of the site.
In fact, I just ran into another user using wget to suck down everything. I had to put a bandwidth limiter to keep downloads of the full sized pictures from bringing everything to a crawl -- so downloading the large images should be even slower than before, but other stuff will be somewhat faster.
Let me reiterate -- if you want to download all the original images in a directory, let me know. I don't have enough bandwith to handle all the people trying to do this, and I'm now seriously rate liming those who try. If you want to use some tool like wget or HTTrack, fine, but tell it not to grab the original (huge) .jpg files or you'll find yourself throttled back to 4 KB/s or so. (And if you do find yourself in this position, contact me and tell me your IP and that you've fixed it, and I'll fix it.)
Q: Can I use/link to/inline link/copy your pictures somewhere else?
A: For non-commercial use, yes. Just give me credit if appropriate -- you don't even need to ask, though if you're doing something neat by all means let me know. Don't link directly to the large versions of the pictures, they use too much bandwidth (seriously, it's about 15x as much!) But linking to the 1024x768 versions is fine, at least at the current levels of traffic ...
For commercial use (a few have asked) send me an email. But do keep in mind that I don't get model's releases for these pictures, and you may need these for any commercial uses. More on this here. But I often know who the people are (or could ask around) and they could be asked after the fact ...
If you want to print a picture, be sure to get the full sized version -- it'll come out better.
Q: I don't want my picture up on the Internet! (or I just don't
want THIS picture of me on the Internet!)
A: Well, I don't want to put up any pictures of people who don't want their pictures up, so just ask and I'll generally remove it or blur it or something.
Feel free to email me, or if you see me taking the picture let me know then.