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Jetpack Carousel

Just a quick test of the updated Carousel slide show feature in Jetpack.  Click on any thumbnail to go to the Carousel powered slide show.  Carousel turns any standard WordPress photo gallery into a full screen, easy to browse slide show. Viewers can leave comments on individual images and EXIF data can be included if desired.

These are a few of the photos that I took during a visit to the Sello Library in Espoo, Finland in May 2012.

FlickrCC for Creative Commons photos

I love using flickrCC to search for Creative Commons licensed photos on flickr. It’s faster and simpler than the advanced search on flickr itself.

But I had blindly not noticed that they have incorporated Aviary photo editing as an option right off the main screen. (Thanks to Judy O’Connell for a Facebook post mentioning the change. Go read her HeyJude post for tons of info on free image sources!)

To edit in flickrCC: 

1: Do a search, making sure you have the FOR EDITING option checked.  (forgive my Helskinki obsession….)  Select an image and image size. Note that the attribution info is all set for you to copy and paste!


2: Click on the EDIT link, make your edits, save and close the editor. (more…)

HistoryPin: Maps, Photos and Stories

I’m getting delightfully lost in the HistoryPin website. Old photos, layered on top of Google Maps and stories to go with them – all things that I love to explore.

What is HistoryPin?

The site invites the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.

Historypin is one in a series of projects created as part of We Are What We Do’s campaign to get generations talking more, sharing more and coming together more often.  (

Wouldn’t this would be a great project for libraries and schools to get involved with? It makes me think of the wonderful Remember When photo & memory project done by the Ipswich Library in Queensland Australia.

(The screenshots at the top are then & now images of a tunnel called the Argyle Cut that was dug through a sandstone ridge in Sydney in the mid 1800′s. )

SimpleViewer Photo Gallery

SimpleViewer creates elegant photo galleries for spiffing up your web sites. The galleries can be standalone pages or embedded in other pages. But what has me excited is the WordPress plugin.

The SimpleViewer plugin adds a little button to the  editing toolbar that pulls up a control panel. Photos can be pulled from a flickr account or your WordPress photo uploads. There are a few settings for size and style. But nothing complicated or confusing! This is truly simple and elegant. I think this is my new favorite WordPress plugin!

[simpleviewer gallery_id="2" bgcolor="ffffff" gallery_width ="100%" gallery_height ="600"]

p.s.  For some unknownable reason, this plugin worked fine on another WordPress site, but wasn’t working here. After a day or two and much research, it works. But not for any reason that makes sense.  Maybe I just clicked the mouse a little harder today. :-) Yep, that’s it.

ImageCodr – Handy Photo Crediting Tool

ImageCodr - A handy tool that simplifies finding, using and crediting flickr photos for reuse on web pages. It creates a block of code that displays the photo, the photographer’s flickr name, links back to the flickr photo page and notes the licensing on the photo – all in one handy chunk of code that’s ready to copy & paste to the spot where you want the photo to appear. (via: Download Squad)

How to:

  • Drop the bookmarklet on your browser toolbar
  • Use the search page to locate photos in flickr or search flickr directly.
  • Click on the bookmarklet.
  • Choose what size photo you want to use
  • Copy the code for use on your web/blog/wiki pages.

And voila!

Words and pictures and storytelling

octopus' garden in the shade

I love words and pictures and storytelling. And I love playing with tools that help us tell our stories. So it’s no surprise that I’m having great fun playing with  Flickr Poet from Stories in Flight which I discovered last week from a colleague’s flickr stream. Pop in a poem, song lyrics or just random thoughts and see what you get!

Flickr poet pulls in photos from flickr that match your words in some way. Click on “Show Story” over and over to get different interpretations of your words. What a great way to enhance a poetry or storytelling project.

For a school project, it might be more interesting to have students pick out photos themselves and create their own presentations.

Tools to find photos

Finding photos is pretty easy, finding photos that are licensed for reuse under Creative Commons can be a bit more of a challenge. (more…)