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Do you like taller pictures on Pinterest vs. horizontal pictures?

Sherlock Holmes Pub

Do you like taller pictures on Pinterest vs. horizontal pictures?  The reason why I ask is that you sometimes have to keep it in mind when taking pictures especially if you want to pin them to Pinterest.  Your taller pictures will be more prominent and your horizontal pictures won’t stand out that much.

These pictures were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and taken with the camera held up creating longer taller pictures, rather than horizontal picures.   I have discovered that on Pinterest, these kinds of pictures (taller) stand out more and the other ones look way too small.  I forgot while I was taking pictures while I was in London, as I wasn’t thinking about Pinterest, but just the scene.  Good job, I varied my picture taking and took so many pictures.

I like this pub, the Sherlock Holmes Pub/Restaurant – I didn’t go into it….but I liked it enough to take quite a few pictures.  One of the advantages of taking a picture on a smartphone is that you can share it almost straight away.  My pictures that I showed you in my last post were taken with my Canon G10, except the Sherlock Holmes Pub and Great Scotland Yard picture that I got off my Note 3.  The Admiralty Arch pictures on that post were taken with my Nikon P600.  It is hard to share pictures quickly when they are on your camera, although the Nikon P600 is a WIFI enabled camera, I often had problems as the download would stop mid-stream – probably because I had so many pictures.  Therefore, my pictures on my traditional cameras (not smartphone) tend to get shared a lot later.

This first picture of the Sherlock Holmes Pub was shared via Pinterest pretty soon after it was taken in July, however, I prefer having it on my blog, so that it links back to my post.  Now look at the one posted yesterday, it doesn’t look as good on Pinterest because it is smaller than the one that I shared on Pinterest back in July.  I know they are two different pictures of the pub, but the taller ones looks more prominent.

The Sherlock Holmes Pub/Restaurant #3

The Sherlock Holmes Pub/Restaurant #3

I don’t think I have shared this picture before yet, on Pinterest or here.

 

The Sherlock Holmes Pub - #4

The Sherlock Holmes Pub – #4

Here’s my taller picture of Great Scotland Yard, shared earlier via my smartphone in July – but it did not link to my page.

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard

Here’s a few of the London Eye (although I am stepping out of sequence by putting that one in).  Again, they were shared on Pinterest back in July, but not on my blog.

London Eye by the Aquarium  #1

London Eye by the Aquarium #1

London Eye by the Aquarium  #2

London Eye by the Aquarium #2

I will still end up taking horizontal/landscape pictures most of the time, as my pictures are also for my enjoyment and it feels more natural taking a picture that way – plus you can get more into the scene.  Why can’t Pinterest allot more space for horizontal pictures?   Anyway, you will still see many landscape pictures here as I often forget what’s best when I’m in the moment.    I hope you like the pictures.

New blog url – it’s now luchanik.wordpress.com and not luchaniktravel.wordpress.com

Have you ever made a mistake and regretted messing with something that you don’t know much about?  Well, I just did that recently, and I have been quite shocked that I could not fix it.  Oh well, I need to stop “crying” about it. As my 16 year old daughter would say “it’s a first world problem”.  There’s many more real problems out there such as the horrible and devastating typhoon that just hit the Phillipines.  My problem is not a real problem at all when you put it into perspective, after all….why do I even have a blog I sometimes ask myself.

I have toyed around with the idea of changing my online name to “luchanik”.  On Pinterest I am known as luchanik.  Now, I will change my name on Twitter to luchanik instead of @luchaniktravel and I might even do away with that particular account.  Now that I am not involved in travel anymore, I have stopped tweeting on that account and only go on it to post my new posts whether they are videos or WordPress posts.  By the way, all my links don’t link back properly.  It’s hard to explain.  I pointed my domain www.luchaniktravel.com to www.luchanik.wordpress.com and this at least solved some of my problems, but how do I get past this particular issue – let’s just say it has to do with Pinterest again.  Okay, to give you an example, let’s just point to one of my pictures on there – it’s one I took in Vegas. Okay, so far so good, but now when you see that the picture stemmed from one of my WordPress posts, do you see where it says visit http://www.luchaniktravel.wordpress.com and if you click on it, it then brings up an awful page wherein when pressed, it says “luchaniktravel.wordpress.com is no longer available – the authors have deleted this site”.    However, if you didn’t know about my problem and I had just told you about my blog url change, you would have seen all my content – it’s still here, and you wouldn’t realize there’s some other underlying problems – yes, it’s like I wiped out all my content and everything I did before, and have started anew with a new blog url but with all the content listed – I just don’t have anything from before pointing to the old url’s properly.  As I said, it’s hard to describe.

As my daughter would say, this is a first world problem, or more accurately described as not a real problem compared to “real problems” so I can’t cry about it, and won’t cry about it.  After all, I even said on my About Luchanik page previously that I might change my name.  I took the step, and even though I didn’t think before I did it or didn’t realize that it wouldn’t work out quite the way I wanted it to, or that I couldn’t press the “undo” button – it’s done now, and I’m going to live with it.  I will just go on Twitter and post my links again, this time they will have luchanik.com infront of them instead of luchaniktravel in front of the post.

The night when I changed my blog url and realized the big mess that I had created –  I stayed up until 2:30 am and needless to say, I was like a “zombie” that morning at work – it would have been more fitting it was Halloween, but it was a few days after Halloween.  I did not immediately publicize my new blog url as I sometimes still wonder do I really want to do this, and then I say – why not?  It’s all about the creativity, and about a hobby or passion. I still love travel and I love photography.  Anyway, I think this name will fit me better, it’s still a name I care about – “luchanik” consists of the names of my three kids, but since I’m not a travel agent any more, I don’t need the travel part on the url.  All I can say is, if you want to change your blog url, think carefully about it, and prepare to be up late and for things to not work out exactly the way you want them to.  However, I wish you better luck than I had.

You know I can’t blog without pictures, so here’s some to take my mind off things and away from my non-existent problems

Coronado

Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

A house near the Hotel Del, Coronado

A house near the Hotel Del, Coronado

Sunset at Coronado

Sunset at Coronado

As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz: “there’s no place like home”, I say the “Hotel Del – it’s so swell”.  Talk to you all soon, have a terrific November!

Social Media and My New Pinterest

I just had to add a new interest, or should I say Pinterest?  Pardon the pun………if my kids knew that I just said that, they would get mad at me.   I am always having fun with word play, much to their consternation.  Well, to go back to Pinterest – I don’t know what took me so long to get into it.  All, I can say is it’s a lot of fun.  All the pictures don’t have to be your own, you can like other people’s pictures and pin them on your board, and others will hopefully like what you pin, and re-pin.  It’s a bit like retweeting on Twitter, and you can like pins too – now you’ll be reminded of Facebook.  You can also pin videos, so hence YouTube can be brought in……now you have all your social media played out  just in Pinterest.

I like to divide up my travel or my interests (such as on empowerment, or the British Royal Family, especially Princess Diana) into boards, it’s a little like having photo albums all sorted out, and not lumped together.  I have one album, more appropriately called “board” on Pinterest for London, one for Izmir, one for Istanbul, one for Italy, one for San Diego, and one that I named Travel Repins when I didn’t really know what I was doing, and still don’t quite know what to call it.  This board is where I just put pictures that I like taken by other people into one big collection, and this one isn’t at all organized – it has pictures from all over the world in it.

I still have to do more on Pinterest, I can’t just leave only mostly my pictures on my boards for instance – like the ones on Izmir or Istanbul.   My board on London has many pictures from others who have taken pictures of that amazing city.  Just like with all social media, it’s about sharing.  After all, there are so many other pictures to discover out there in the world, we have to go beyond ourselves, and share the work of others.

I have to find more time, and have been lacking time lately…..life has caught up with me.  Now just living day to day leaves hardly any spare moments to even dabble in social media, unfortunately.  However, my emails from Pinterest even when I’m not active myself, have shown me what people are interested in, and I’ve noted with much curiousity, that people are really into London, and why not?  London is one of the best cities in the world, if not the very best.  However, I would like to add some interest for San Diego, especially since I now live here.  So, I will work on my board on San Diego, and on some of the other boards, where I might only have my pictures.

Lastly, you know I like to have pictures in my posts…..so here are three pictures taken by me in three of my favorite cities and of course on Pinterest.

First, one of my favorite destinations….beautiful Venice in tantalizing Italy.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Then, lovely London in enchanting England.

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Lastly, Paradise on Earth in Coronado, San Diego, in sunny California, USA.

Coronado, San Diego

Coronado, San Diego

I think you ought to give Pinterest a try, you just might find it Pinteresting!

Follow me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/luchanik/