On November 4th 2016, Google destroyed most features of Panoramio, a photo sharing website and community of which I’ve been a member since 2007. Today, only our photos remain, on borrowed time until the full closure of Panoramio in November 2017.
I’m planning to upload from time to time videos shot during a bike journey or day tour. Therefore I created an account on vimeo :
As of January 2016, only five short movies have been uploaded.
I have a lot of rush images taken during journeys or day tours, but couldn’t so far find enough time to edit these clips.
For the time being I’m shooting using my compact camera (SONY DSC-HX9V), in 1280×720 resolution. And as I’m holding the camera in one hand while driving with the other, the image is not very stable. In addition, the wind noise is at times intrusive. The camera specific functions dealing with these aspects certainly help, but I still cannot shoot at high speed nor while driving on narrow single trails…
Many photos taken during my journeys or day tours have been uploaded to Flickr and some others to Piwigo. Unfortunately, the new owners of Flickr decided to limit the capacity of free accounts to 1000 pictures in January 2019, which means that I won’t be able to upload more photos and will have to rely only on Piwigo and the poor WordPress Media Library.
I had previously uploaded 1204 images, most of which manually geo-tagged, to the excellent website Panoramio. With no less than 432’000 views, these images obviously drove some visitors to Europe by bike. On November 4th 2016, in their usual arrogance and without any consideration for more than 4 million users, Google destroyed Panoramio and robbed our data (tags, geographical coordinates, etc). More information on Wikipédia.
Until the beginning of 2012, I have been using two successive RICOH compact cameras : first a Caplio R5, then a RICOH R8. Although I liked their simplicity and good hold in hand, I wasn’t fully satisfied with the quality of pictures, in particular on the long term – and the after sales service proved largely unefficient. From February 2012 to June 2018, I used a SONY Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V and was satisfied with it, except for the screen which became opaque after 3 years – a known problem covered by guarantee, but the same fate happened to the new screen… Besides, command switches and menus became largely uncontrollable after 6 years and I had no choice but to buy a new camera. I now own a successor of the HX9V, the SONY Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V, less practical in hand, full of useless functions and menus, and most probably even less durable – planned obsolescence being the rule nowadays…