Another 7 site have been published

It’s been a super-productive day for me on this end (I put that extra hour we got today from turning the clocks back an hour to good use), as I have published another 7 sites today: Binscarth, Culross, Glossop, Harmsworth, Rossburn, Sandy Lake, and Westroc. This brings the total number of sites I’ve published to 77 – I’m hoping to push that number to over 80 over the next couple of weeks, so keep checking back!

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Always learning; 4 more sites

When I started this project, I don’t think I realized how much learning I’d have to do along the way. Sure, I knew there was a lot I didn’t know that I’d have to figure out, but the phrase ‘Sometimes you don’t know how much you don’t know.’ really came to mind today. I don’t want to bore you with the details, but when I initially started this project, I used iPhoto to store my pictures. Shortly after I started, I switched the using Aperture, as I wanted some more control in how I was going to edit my pictures. Since then, I’ve been editing everything stored in Aperture, thinking that I’d worry about the photos in iPhoto once I had published all of the ones I had in Aperture. Well, the last photos I published on the site were the last ones I had in Aperture, so I needed to figure out how to deal with my iPhoto photos in Aperture. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite as easy as I had assumed it would be (or as easy as my research on the web had allowed me to believe). I finally discovered the solution today – I can’t quite organize them on my computer as I’d like (because of this, my stubbornness/OCD caused me to search for a solution for a couple of weeks longer), but the important thing is that I have now figured out how to edit my iPhoto photos in Aperture, and to publish them on my website, where they are organized by site, just like all of the previous ones… and isn’t that what’s really important?!

To make a long story short, after figuring out what I needed to figure out, I’ve published four more sites: Angusville, Beulah, Isabella, and Silverton, which puts us at 70 sites published (yay!). Please check them out, especially Angusville. Those photos are from approx. two and a half years ago – I happened on the site on a weekend, and it appears as if the site was in the middle of a demolition. One elevator was completely torn down, with a lot of the debris remaining, while the other elevator looked on, awaiting its inevitable fate. It was a surreal, sad, and hauntingly beautiful experience – if I was a better writer, I’d write a much more detailed recount, but I prefer to do my talking through my camera. I hope you ‘enjoy’ the photos…

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Chipping away… and presenting!

So… it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but rest assured, I’ve continued to chip away at this for the past few months. I photographed some more sites over the summer, and plan to do a few more days of shooting this fall. I’ve also edited and published some more sites – I’m up to 66 different sites now! Remember, you can access them by going to the ‘Sites Photographed’ page, and clicking on any (highlighted) name to go directly to view the images from that location, or click on the ‘Galleries’ tab, and browse through them all.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been asked to speak today at ‘IGNITE your passion for Discovery’ on the topic of this elevator project. This event is sponsored by Discovery Education, and there will be 10 educators who will be speaking about things they’ve ‘discovered’ that drive their innovation and creativity. I won’t have a lot of time, as IGNITE talks are 5 minute presentations where each presenter gets only 5 minutes to talk (20 slides; 15 seconds/slide) – I’ve never done one of these before, and the lineup of educators speaking tonight is fantastic, so I’m a little nervous… but we’ll see how it goes!

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4 more sites! 4 more sites!

I’ve just finished uploading elevator photographs from another four sites: Coulter, Elm Creek, Goodlands, and Marquette. To see them, click on the ‘Galleries’ tab at the top of the page – as of this writing, I’ve now posted photographs of elevators from 54 sites in Manitoba published on Prairie Lighthouses… with even more coming soon!

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Back on track – 10 more sites published!

I had a productive afternoon today, as I published another 10 sites: Arborg, Cartwright, Cromer, Dalny, McConnell, Swan River, The Pas, Teulon, Warren, and Waskada (click on the ‘Galleries’ tab to check them out, along with my other sites). I’ve been itching to get back to publishing photos, but I had to finish writing my students’ June report cards first (which I finished yesterday). This brings the total number of sites I’ve published thus far to 48. Over the next couple of months, you should be seeing quite a few more sites popping up on here – keep your eyes peeled!

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Trials and tribulations

Hello… at last! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on the blog. However, don’t take that to mean that there hasn’t been work going on behind the scenes – in fact, the exact opposite has been true, as I’ve been spending months and months going through my own set of trials and tribulations in trying to ensure that everything on my website is ‘top notch’. Last year, after I had uploaded pictures from 38 sites, I ordered some prints off of the website, to check out the quality. Well, I was quite disappointed at the results, as there was a lot of posterization (or ‘pixelation’, as it’s sometimes called) on the prints I had gotten back. After some detective work on my part, I realized that, somehow, lower resolution versions of the images had uploaded to the website, instead of the full-size pictures I had intended. I spent months trying to find a fix for the problem, but I wasn’t able to. Finally, as a last resort, I contacted the help desk at Smugmug, which is the photo hosting service I use. They got back to me in less than a day, and helped me figure out a solution to the problem! As a teacher, I find that students will often display a ‘learned helplessness’ when it comes to solving problems. In this case, however, the opposite was true – it was my insistence (or ‘stubbornness’, some might say!) on finding a solution to the problem myself that was holding things up. I guess it’s good to ask for help once in a while! Anyway, after spending a couple of evenings and a rainy afternoon today working on the site, I’m happy to say that my images that appear on the website are all now full-size versions, as I had originally intended all along. I had to take a few sites down, for quality reasons (and they have been added to my ‘re-shoot’ list), but I managed to get a few more up (Bradwardine, Brookdale, Lyleton, Reston), in their place.

One last piece of business: when you go to ‘Sites Photographed’ page, all of the sites that have been posted in the gallery have now been hyperlinked. What that means is that when you click on the name of a site that appears in blue, you’ll be taken directly to the page for that site in the gallery – this will make looking for specific sites easier for everyone. Again, thanks for your patience – I’m looking forward to getting a lot more sites up by the end of June. Cheers!

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4 more sites – it’s been a good month!

I’ve published photographs from four more sites today (Pierson, Purves, Rivers, and Sinclair) which can be found by clicking on the ‘Galleries’ tab at the top of the page, as usual. This makes 24 sites that I’ve published in the last month, and brings the overall total to 38 sites – this means I’m almost 1/3 finished publishing photographs from Manitoba’s remaining wooden country grain elevators (keeping in mind, of course, that a few of the elevators I’ve shot have since been torn down). I’d love to hear any comments you might have, so feel free to leave some… and don’t forget to share via the social media buttons under any of my posts – thanks!

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34 sites and counting

It was a busy evening, as I split my time between watching the Winnipeg Jets game (the Jets lost, unfortunately) and getting four more sites published. As of this writing, I’ve now published photos for the following sites: Arden, Austin, Barnsley, and Birch River. Remember, you can see all of my work by clicking on the ‘Galleries’ tab at the top of the page. Enjoy!

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Busy day – 12 more sites published!

Being a teacher (which is my full-time job) doesn’t often leave a lot of extra time in one’s schedule after the school day is done, as a lot of lesson preparation and assessing students’ work occurs in the evenings (especially the last few weeks, as I was writing second term report cards). However, it’s Spring Break this week (woohoo!), so it was my goal to make some serious headway on publishing some more of the sites I’ve photographed. Even though it’s only the first day of the break, I’ve been able to do that, as I’ve just finished publishing photographs of elevators from the following twelve sites: Elgin, Elkhorn, Fannystelle, Forrest, Gregg, Harte, Kenville, Libau, Mariapolis, Meadows, Tilston, and Virden. I hope you’ll check them out (make sure to click on the Galleries tab at the top of the page) – cheers!

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Another four sites have been posted

Slowly but surely, I am chipping away at this monumental project. My work tonight has resulted in four more sites being posted: Elva, Lenore, Netley, and St. Agathe. It’s a mix of the old and the new, as Netley and St. Agathe were amongst my earlier sites visited, back in 2009. The Elva photos were taken in the summer of 2011, while the elevator at Lenore was shot in January of 2012. As any of you who regularly travel down Highway 75 probably know, the elevator in St. Agathe sadly met its demise a couple of years ago. Progress, apparently…

Anyway, please check out these newly posted photos, along with all of my previously posted shots, by clicking on the ‘Galleries’ tab at the top of the page – cheers!

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