Putting all the pieces together: Olympus EM-5 + EyeFi card + Android + Flickr Uploader App by Rafali + Flickr

A techy post for a change.

As much as I love taking photos with my Olympus EM-5, I rarely find the time to turn on the PC, connect the USB cable to the camera, fire up Lightroom, import the photos, categorise them and then upload them to Flickr. Free time is quite rare with a 1 year old charging around the house!  The upshot is, I’ll use my Google Nexus 5 phone to take pictures because it’s so much simpler – especially now the Google+ Android app auto syncs my photos to Google+, and the official Flickr app will also auto sync photos to my Flickr account (my preferred photo site).

But you just can’t beat the quality of a proper camera, so I’ve been looking for a solution to get my photos from my camera to Flickr in one hit, with no wires, no PC and no Lightroom.  For 90% of the photos I take on the camera I’m happy with them without any need to tinker in Lightroom, so this will be a real timesaver for family and holiday snaps.

FlickrUploader

Part 1: Eye-Fi Mobi card (available at Amazon and elsewhere) and accompanying Android App. An Eye-Fi card is an SD Card which also features the ability to talk to another device wirelessly – in this case a smartphone (iOS or Android). After installing the Eye-Fi app on your phone and syncing with your camera you can set the app to automatically sync photos from your camera as soon as they are taken, or manually choose when to do it (that’s my preferred method). The Eyefi Mobi Android app has a few quirks, for instance geotagging eats battery even when the app has no photos to process, but in general the app does the job OK.

Part 2: Flickr Uploader App by Rafali, get it at the Play Store here. Forget the official Flickr app if you want to upload your Eye-Fi photos fully automatically, it can’t be done since the official app only syncs photos in your phone’s “proper” photos folder. The unofficial Flickr Uploader app by Rafali has a few big advantages over the official Flickr app:

1) You can specify which folder(s) on your phone to upload to Flickr. In my case, I added the Eye-Fi folder which is automatically created by the Eye-Fi app. So as soon as a new photo appears in that folder, the Flickr Uploader app will upload it to Flickr.

2) You can set it to auto-delete the original photo 24 hours after the upload is done. This is important because I don’t want to fill my meagre 16GB of phone memory with a bunch of photos that are ‘in transit’ between camera and Flickr.

3) I think the official Flickr app doesn’t sync videos, whereas Flickr Uploader lets you do this if you want, via an option.

All in all, this setup seems to be working pretty well so far – am very glad I found the Flickr Uploader app which was the final piece in the puzzle!

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The even Greater Outdoors

In the previous post I showed you stage one of our garden project. Here’s what happened next.

We chose to pave the patio using Truslate, using the ‘blue’ colour, which isn’t at all blue thankfully!

Here are some photos of the work in progress.

And then time to put some furniture and plants back.

Next job is to put some wire balustrade up between the fence posts.  Actually no, next job is to cook some lamb burgers, crack open a cold beer and enjoy the garden!

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The Great Outdoors

So the house is more-or-less done, albeit plenty of bits and pieces to finish off “one day”. We turned our attention to the garden, which has grown woefully neglected since the arrival of our daughter nearly a year ago.  Maintaining this wilderness has dropped way down the list of things to do!

We wanted to replace the path and beds of rose bushes and other shrubs with a more child-friendly lawn, whilst extending the old garage slab into a more useable patio for outdoor dining.  Here’s what happened…

Step 1: Cut back and remove the trees and shrubs

Step 2: erect a new fence and lift paving slabs

Step 3: extend the old garage slab using oak sleepers filled with broken up paving slabs lifted from the garden

Step 4: level lawn area with new topsoil – having dug up old lawn

Step 5: lay new turf, water daily

And wait for the grass to grow! More to come in the next post….

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Hall stairs and landing

We are on a roll! Hall, stairs and landing have also been replastered and decorated. We went for some bold coloured wallpaper as a feature wall up the stairs: Orla Kiely Multi-Stem, by Harlequin. We combined that with some neutral carpet and a bright red Ikea Expedit storage unit on the landing, to balance the whiteness of the rest of the walls. Next job, the nursery :-)




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Bathroom renovation: done*

It’s actually been done* a while now, but here are a few photos. We are really pleased with the finished result, good choice of tiles and colour (which is a relief). One annoyance: the noisy extractor fan but it’ll do for now!



* except for blinds, better loo-roll holder, a shelf and a picture or two.

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Bathroom renovation: nearly finished


Bathroom a video by NBS78 on Flickr.

Everything is installed and working, just a few finishing touches and cleaning up to do now!

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Bathroom renovation progress

Here are a few videos and photos showing the nice rapid progress of our bathroom renovation over the last few days. Hopefully it’ll all be done pretty soon!

Boarded out

Plastered

Wall tiles on, and partially painted

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