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Flickr Vs. SmugMug

Just thinking out loud over here, and very premature as well, but today I was thinking about Flickr, and something came up.

I’m on Flickr for many years now, and I’ve kept my account PRO for as long as I remember. It’s my main archive, truth be told. It’s easier to find my way around Flickr than diving into the disks at home.
I’m not a very organised person.

I was grandfathered when they decided to bump the price, but I’ll be paying the same as everyone else in a couple of years.

I wondered how much would that be, and turns out it’s slightly over what SmugMug is charging for what amounts, in my view, to the same feature set, and a couple of other things thrown in.

Am I missing something ?
As far as I can tell the Basic plan would suit me just fine, it sounds like a Flickr PRO account, right ?

Flickr PRO comes out at €65.88/year and SmugMug Basic would cost $55 (around €45) a year. That’s a considerable difference.

Ideas ?

Rainbow Power

Lockdown in place, dreaming of the time when we could stroll our lives away.


Calming Down ?

During our little outing today it felt like there were fewer people out and about, and less cars as well.

Still #1 country in the world, infection wise and death toll.

All Packed

This one felt appropriate for today.

All photos have been edited, packed and WeTransfered to their destinations. Almost 40000 photos seen, around 5000 sent. It’s been going on since last year, but it’s finally done. Yay!

Maybe time for a beer!



Monday. Guess what ? Everybody out on the street! Party Time! Never mind this is the opposite of what you should be doing. Never mind. What’s an extra hundred dead a day ? Morons.

We’re now over the “We trust you to be responsible”, and on to “Go sit in the corner”.

Back to Work

Today movieStar got back to work. She’s been on maternity leave since March and that ended today. Working from home, but less time to take care of tinyMovieStar.

We had planned this for a while, but part of the plan required me to have all the photos from the December assignments edited by now. Turns out editing AND taking care of a baby proved to be harder than expected, and I’m a little behind schedule.
I was supposed to be in charge of tinyMovieStar while her mom works, but we’ll have to split that between us until I’m done with this endless job.

The Beginning and The End

Sometimes things fall into place, unexpectedly. You’re going for a particular shot and, out the corner of your eye, a little extra shows up.

I was lucky.


The Umbrella Issue

The umbrellas quickly became one of the things that started showing up on the photos when I browsed through the day’s catch in the evening. They were ever-present.

I had a couple of other ideas before setting foot on the island, but this one took over.



We got invited for a get together, but only after 2PM because they had a padel class before that!
Our reply was short and to the point: “Are you f+%&#$ing crazy ?? There’s a lockdown!”

So, same as yesterday, some people are stupid. And we know them!

Worst Beach Ever

It was probably the worst beach I’ve ever been to. But I never thought I’d find a beach in Macau, and it felt great to visit. I ended up loving that beach, in the middle of the urban chaos of the city.

And I was there with my brother.


Locked Down

But not too much!
There’s a ton of people roaming the streets. This is more like a Soft-Total-Lockdown, if you will.

RIP NatΓ‘lia

An actress I had the huge pleasure of shooting a couple of years ago, while doing set photography on a great show, passed away today. She will be missed.

Lockdown Coming Up

Starting this week (Thursday? Friday?) we’ll be in complete lockdown until the end of the month. Again. Just like at the beginning of the pandemic. Cases have been rising like crazy lately, as expected after the Christmas foolishness, so now we’re stuck dealing with that.

Starting next week movieStar is also going back to work, albeit from home, so I’ll have to do a bit more regarding tinyMovieStar.

I expect to be done with my editing by then, but I’m not totally sure I can manage. That was the original plan, take care of my business before my wife has to start dealing with her, but I’m starting to have serious doubts that it will be finished by then. I seriously underestimated the time needed for this, it’s the first time I’m dealing with this kind of workload with a baby in the house.

We’re still trying to figure out what “complete lockdown” actually means though.

People around here tend to read things the way that best suits them, and that is one reason why the situation has escalated this much. I would love them to behave more responsibly, but I’m afraid that’s not going to happen. We’ve had mandatory mask use outside forever, and a ton of people still refuse to wear one!

We’ll probably be unable to join my parents for our weekly lunches, and that’s going to be hard on everyone, but a lot people don’t give a damn and just keep on going about their lives like nothing out of the ordinary is going on.

Every weekend, and I mean every weekend, a couple of relatives texts asking if we wanna spend the afternoon watching a movie and ordering some food. We always have the same reply ready: We’re on lockdown, no one can leave their home unless it’s really necessary, and movie watching does not qualify. Every. Weekend.
They should know better by now.

Truth be told we, personally, won’t feel a huge difference. I believe we’ll keep doing our daily walks, that should be allowed. Going to the supermarket will also be possible. And that’s pretty much what we do these days. The only other time we leave the house is for that weekly lunch date with my parents.
Of course I won’t be able to take on new assignments until the end of the month, but I seriously doubt any would show up anyway.


Doors closed for now.

Yeah, I know how you feel…

On the way back, a very different atmosphere on the bridge.

Back from a lovely drive to the other side of the river, had to go visit the dentist. You wouldn’t necessarily know there’s a pandemic going on just by driving. A LOT of people on the road, close to normal. Masks on when you stop somewhere, but the feeling I get is that people are relaxing a bit too much.

On my way to the dentist. Feels nice just driving around, after staying home for so long.

On the other hand, I’m using the wee hours of the morning to tweak the theme on {micro maique}. Not the easiest thing to do on the iPhone, but it’s coming along. Still, it’s amazing what you can do with a couple of apps!

Aurora and Textastic save the day.

Let me know how you think this is coming along.

Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.

Jon Stewart

We’ve been stuck at home for a long while, and we miss our time on the road.


Will it work embedding photos from my Flickr account ? πŸ“·

“So… what have you been up to ?”

As I couldn’t sleep, again, I decided to fully subscribe to micro.blog, and set up {micro maique}. I imported the Wordpress posts, and I now have the new blog going…

Picked a theme, tweaked the color, made an About page, checked to see if it was being crossposted to Twitter (it is) and, bam, it’s 6AM!

All of this on mobile, still no need for a desktop!

Posts (and pages) done on my trusty Drafts.

Now… should I transfer the xanatoNet domain and start using it here ? The poor thing has been through so many blogging platforms, one more wouldn’t hurt, would it ?


Soon (very soon) I’ll be one of the world’s experts on diapers, wipes, and all the other baby paraphernalia.

Dogs get most of the love around here, but I’m a cat person at heart.