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Well hey, this is exciting, I'm mentioned in the New York Times!! All those years making オムライス (Omurice, omuraisu) has paid off! We do quite a few variations at home from adding edamame, pancetta, spinach, cheese, you name it.  Often time if there's left overs you don't know what to do with, it's going into an Omurice!
Courtesy of my very great and very talented friend, Hannah Kirshner! Here's the link.

Photography Workflow v2

I've been wasting a lot of time on this, making things ever more complex than it need be. But looking back to that other diagram - what a mess; So I've isolated the parts and hopefully this is clearer.

My main goal with all this:

A - A folder of all assets from my Fuji, mobile, gopro - as well media that were shared with us from friends and family.

B - Catalogue like lightroom, capture one, that I can use to manage all of the assets above. This catalogue will also need to be viewable from my laptop.

C - Share with friends and family

So, in this first diagram, it's still a manual process to transfer gopro and fuji photos/videos to my main desktop. My mobile photos/videos are obtained through photosync (changed from gphotos-sync as this, due to Google API, was stripping GPS and lowering video quality.  I've also tried syncthing for this, but I like the feature of automated organisation on photosync)

In the second diagram, it's the syncing of the catalogue and preview files.  The editing only gets done on my desktop, but I still want to see them on my laptop.  So from desktop > NAS > laptop, the catalogue is synced and I make sure that it's one direction - in that the laptop doesn't have influence on the catalogue files.

In this third diagram, it's all about sharing the memories.  Google photos is great for the quick and immediate sharing.  However they don't have my fuji and gopro shots.  I don't want to upload to google photos and mix it all up - although this is an option too - but maybe under a separate sharing only account.  I did setup a Lychee server to share all assets, which lives on my domain.  However it's not 100% ideal.  This could live on the NAS as a webhost too, but somehow I don't like the idea of making the NAS accessible remotely, be them friends and family.

What I'm yet to really resolve is the 3rd shareout, which is just a way to casually browse all media from any device at home, while the NAS is on.  So that anyone in the household can see all photos/videos from any of the captured devices.  I'm testing out photoprism, piwigo, pigallery, but on the look out for a truly directory only one, that doesn't add files or need databases.  Pigallery seems to be the way forward for now.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know what you think and if you have better solutions!

Photography Workflow

This is a process that has recently (finally) started to work for me. Perhaps there are many other ways of doing this, but I'll share the flow. A large part of it is thanks to Giles for his amazing script.

My main aim was to:
- Combine assets from all my devices (cameras, mobiles, gopro) into a single library locally
- Create cloud backups
- See my library of media on both desktop and laptop
- Have the ability to share albums that included media from all my devices

I was able to achieve most with Google Photos, but I didn't want to upload into my main account, media from my cameras and gopro. This is because I wanted a local copy of my google photos - which came from my mobiles - and backing up Google Photos locally, meant anything that I upload, would be re-downloaded. I also didn't want to rely on Adobe and Lightroom and cloud services and subscriptions that maybe tied me too much to a certain company - but I was also cheap.

So my solution? In a simple diagram it's:

Devices > Combine locally > Sort and create albums > Upload to share > Backup

Visually, it looks like this:

And how does it work?

1 - Any photos that I take with our mobile phones are uploaded automatically to Google Photos.  Some of these are sorted into albums for myself and to share, but they include only mobile photos.

2 - I run my favourite gphotos script, which downloads all Google Photos to my desktop drive automatically. I suppose I could schedule this, but it's really just double clicking a simple shell script and it's all done in a few minutes, quite impressive.

3 - Any other device media (cameras, gopro) are copied to my desktop drive, this is still a manual process but I don't mind.  It also allows me to cull any media at that point.

4 - All my media is dumped into their own folders.  So gopro has it's own (largely due to the way the app downloads into all these folders, not a huge fan, but doesn't really matter), my fuji is downloaded into years/months (only big events are put into separate folders with a date in the months folder), mobiles are in their own folder created by the script.  On my desktop, I'm able to browse all media through just a month meta asset.  I don't have to dive into the folder structure, which is great.  I think just create albums or collections and tag what I really care, but I'm not rigorous about it, I just want to see all my photos in one place, chronologically.

5 - I use resilio sync to sync just the library and previews to my laptop (one way from desktop > laptop) so that I can just view all my media together from there. I don't do any edits on the laptop, so the sync is one way only.

6 - Then using resilio sync, I backup to a Synology drive and from there, it automatically uploads to idrive (the link is an affiliate link), where I have my assets as a remote backup.  I like idrive because they have a synology package (though I hate the interface) - it does the job and is inexpensive.

7 - I create share albums with Lychee, another open source platform, which I run on my own domain. I share out private links with passwords so all that lives with me, without relying on another subscription or Google.

8 - There are some other local and remote backups, but those aren't as important to me as the main bulk of the workflow.

I hope that makes sense, it took me a while to get here, but it seems to work for now.  Let me know what you think!


This is actually a copy/paste of an excerpt on my studio thoughts page, as I thought it might reach a difference audience.

For those that cannot use their usual work environment, but able to WFH (Work from home), it feels like a global experiment, where we now understand more than ever - in some respects - the importance of the work environment. It's perhaps evident that a good amount of the population are experiencing a great psychological impact from introducing or even continuing to work from home (for those that used to, but perhaps under a smaller population at home).

The home is an intimate, private space, be it of any size, shape or location. Ideally it should feel safe and secure, but most importantly comfortable. Comfortable in a sense that it's where you might feel the most relaxed, feel a sense of ownership (as in your space, not necessarily rent vs purchase), obtain an escape from public, noise and work. Coming home, going home feels an alien thing to say now that we are staying home.

In contrast, the work environment is an escape from home as well a place to focus and innovate. The work environment has infrastructure, technology, colleagues, references - it's a purpose built space for doing our jobs. A work environment is vastly different from the home environment and how it typically is designed and built around families, lifestyle and living.

What does this mean? It's less "working from home" (WFH), and feels more like "live at work"(LAW). For most, the work environment is where we spend more time than home. Now, many of us have adapted our homes for work - and for most, this might go on for a while longer as the nature of how we work takes a big turn. It's definitely a fortunate stance that some of us are able to even work from home, but there's an impact that might be affecting us all which needs addressing.

Perhaps it's an opportunity to create tiny hubs that are near our homes. Even if going to the "office" becomes a thing again, we might still need something in between. There, we can attempt some form of social engagement, create high focus spaces, offer a space away from home, reduce the stress on transport and infrastructure, make more efficient use of time (I'm thinking the loss of time during public transport delays, closures and upsets).

I feel a permanent LAW will undermine the purpose of the home, unless the home itself becomes something like a mixed use development. Not many of us can afford or achieve (logistically and/or financially) a detached space with sufficient infrastructure and amenities within the home boundary. Whatever this might look like or achieve for us, when we do return to a place of work, I'm hoping for a much less crowded public transport system.

Let me know what you think!

Maybe now is the time

It's not as if I have more time now. Instead in the same time, I'm thinking about more things, and more about things that I've taken for granted, things I should care even more about, the immediate future as opposed to the far future. The writing is less about telling people, but maybe something that I want for myself and keep somewhere close to the memories that my photographs remind me of. Well, it's a start, when I start and if I start, will live here.