A Picture A Day 2017.

As we’re slowly edging closer to the end of the year, it’s time for another of the classic summaries: A Picture A Day 2017.

I started taking a picture every day on January 1st, 2013. By the end of 2017, I’ve posted 1461 pictures, but taken far more than that. From time to time, I’ve toyed with the idea of updating the A Picture A Day calendar to allow for multiple pictures to be posted on a single day. But I suspect that one glimpse into my life per day is more than enough for most people.

Like I do every year, I’d strongly recommend, nay, urge everyone of you to start taking a picture every day as well. Looking at the pictures is a great memory booster, and I often remember other events from the same day as well. Most of them are quite fond memories, which is perhaps why I go on about everyone having to take their own pictures every year.

But enough about that. Here are a few selected, and randomly ordered, highlights from 2017’s A Picture A Day:

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A Picture A Day 2015.

Ah, yes. It’s December, which mostly means I publish posts summarizing the year. I’ve got a couple of other posts in the works, but getting them done before the year ends depends on Vilde not getting ill with a cold and a fever every other day. How she manages that, I don’t know. Maybe she’s allowed to run around nekkid in the kindergarten. So this entry is just another one of those typical December post, and this time we’ll look at how I did with my A Picture A Day project in 2015.

On the technical side, I added a feature that allow visitors to favorite pictures. Since the project is my personal Instagram1, I’m adding some similar features. So far, pictures have been favorited mostly by myself and Anniken, so I’m not collecting virtual hearts at the rate of Kendall Jenner2 just yet.

During 2015, on September 21 to be exact, I got to the magical 1000 pictures mark. Not all of those one thousand pictures and the ones shot since can be describe as “works of art” – actually, none of them can – but I’ve taken the liberty to select 12 highlights of 2015. Not because they are great shots, but either because I like them or because they remind me of what happened this year: We actually had a little snow early in the year, I ate a few Kebabs, Vilde and I had a great time during my parental leave, the whole family went to Denmark for a week on summer vacation, I spent a lot of time either waiting for or on the boat to and from work, and now we’re waiting for the snow to come back.

In summary? Quite the ordinary year.

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Camera Phone Upgrade.

While you’re not seeing too many new posts on this site these days, at least one feature is being updated pretty regularly: A Picture A Day. For almost three years now, I’ve taken a new picture every day, and the only thing I regret is – as I’ve mentioned before – that I didn’t start doing it sooner.

Over the course of these three years, I’ve mainly1 used three different cameras: The cameras on my Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 camera phones, and the Samsung Galaxy Camera. For a while, I honestly thought I’d use the Galaxy Camera to take the pictures, but in the end I caved: The Galaxy Camera is basically an Android phone, but it lacks GSM capabilities. That meant I still had to bring a mobile phone with me anywhere in addition to the camera, and that was too much hassle. The picture quality of the Galaxy Camera was surprisingly lackluster as well, barely beating the Nexus 4 – at least in daylight.

Then along came the Nexus 5 with its optical image stabilization, and the Galaxy Camera quickly became obsolete for my use. Now it’s in a drawer somewhere. But while the Nexus 5 is a good camera phone, it’s not great, at least not compared to other camera phones that are available today. The Nexus 5 is, after all, two years old, and that’s one foot in the grave in mobile phone years.

In other words; it’s time for a camera phone upgrade.

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I <3 A Picture A Day.

This site is regularly the innocent victim of my endless need to tinker with something. More often than not, the result is something utterly stupid that you never see. Every now and then, though, my tampering results in a more or less useful feature, like A Picture A Day. Since January 1, 2013, I’ve posted a new picture every day. As of right now, that means 953 pictures, most of them actually taken the day they were posted, but every now and then I’ve been known to cheat a little.

In many ways, A Picture A Day is my own, personal Instagram. I could, of course, use Instagram instead – that might even have given me an audience – but heaven knows what Facebook could end up doing with my pictures. Yes, Facebook owns Instagram, in case you didn’t know. The company was acquired in 2012 for a sweet $1 billion. Some people are still laughing every time they look at their savings accounts.

One of the popular features of Instagram is likes: Other Instagram users can like a picture you post. So I thought to myself; “if the beloved Kim Kardashian can rack up 468k 479k 613k 813k 861k, and counting, likes with a picture of her boobs (pun intended), why can’t I do the same with a picture of a coffee mug?”

A few hours of PHP, JavaScript, cookies (the digital kinds), SQL queries, CSS, encryption and decryption later, you can now like (or not like if that’s more your cup of tea), the pictures I post every day.

So go ahead, make me your new Kim Kardashian!

A Picture a Day 2014.

It’s been another year, and I’ve shot a new photo every day. This year I’ve even cheated less than I did last year, most of what you see is actually taken on the day they are posted. Looking at the pictures from 2014, I can say for sure that I still live a pretty ordinary life. But it’s certainly been an extraordinary year, with the birth of Vilde. I’ve made an effort not to fill each and every day with a picture of her, and as far as I can tell, she’s featured about once a week on average. Not that much considering she has my attention about 80% of the time I’m awake and not at work.

During 2014 I bought a spanking new Nexus 5, which did wonders for the quality of the photos. The optical image stabilization is great, and combined with the HDR functionality of the Google Camera, I can now take pictures needing a lot less light than before. The Nexus 4 I used previously was a great phone, but the camera wasn’t impressing anyone. I also did quite a lot of research into other camera and post-processing apps for Android, research that curiously enough resulted in even less use of filters and effects. A shame, really, since the pictures with a little bit of post-processing are way more vivid than the straight-off-the-camera-shots. Perhaps next year will be the year of the filters?

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