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Title: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on July 31, 2017, 01:33:52 am
My latest short trip to Japan was a pretty regular one; being in Korea, so close to the Land of the Rising Sun has its privileges: I was out of my office in Korea and touching down in Fukuoka within 2 hours.
For traveling, an under-utilized 5-day railway pass for Hakata-Hiroshima area was still a good choice: for the cost of about 100 $, I did more than three times that in "regular" travel costs.
My first station was Onomichi, where I took a ferry early in the morning, which took me past Onomichi Dockyard

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705616

to Tsuneishi, also with a large shipyard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705628.

Then, within 5 minutes of returning to Onomichi, I took a bus over Manami Kaido highway, the one that goes south, to the island of Shikoku, over many smaller islands and bridges, to arrive at Imabari. There are also some shipyards along the way:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705653

...and some traffic can be seen:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705658

Imabari shipyard is at nearby Hashihama, I took a cab there to save the time, only to see that the main access path was closed to all traffic, cars and pedestrians alike, due to some construction work. I guess I made a very convincing disappointed face, as the old worker (god bless him!) who was guarding the site decided to let me through, only really quick.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705663

Then a short train ride to Onishi, with Shin Kurushima Dockyard, and its trademark K-Line red car carriers:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705252

Then, a train to Matsuyama, followed by a 2-hour ferry ride to Kure, with the possibility to see the Inland Sea traffic (there was almost none during the passage), and with the opportunity to see all the ships under construction at JMU shipyard in Kure:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705192

...and also a major naval base:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705257

...and that was all for the first day.

I have returned to Kokura on the northernmost tip of Kyushu Island for the night (because there were no rooms available at Shimonoseki, Saturdays are always tight in Japan as far as hotel rooms are concerned!).

In the morning, a short train ride to Moji, and a cab ride to Kanmon bridge, to enjoy the ever busy Kanmon Straits' traffic:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705822

...and than by a pedestrian tunnel under the straits, to Shimonoseki, and its Mitsubishi shipyard, stopping by one of the most famous fishing markets (Karato), to enjoy some sushi, before taking a tour boat to Ganryujima, a place of a famous samurai duel, but also an excellent spot for seeing everything that goes on in Mitsubishi shipyard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2706180

Then, a train ride to Ube, to see the local port. I've never been there, so why not?

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2705578

And that was pretty much it, for then I went back to Kokura, to see some Kanmon traffic again and, finally, to Hakata station and Fukuoka airport.



Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on July 31, 2017, 01:48:08 am
That was the fun part.

Now, for the tedious (OK, still some fun) part of uploading the photos.

Here's my procedure, in 10 steps.

1. Downloading the photos to a hard drive

2. Reviewing the photos, deleting the obviously substandard ones and writing down names of vessels (if the names are written in Japanese - katakana, hiragana or outright kanji - then there is a separate task of deciphering the names, not always successful!)

3. Choosing the ones to be uploaded

4. Transferring these photos to an "upload folder"

5. Grouping the photos of a same vessel together (many times they are mixed, due to being taken at different times and/or places)

6. Reviewing the photos again to delete the ones with not enough differentiation

7. Renaming (re-numbering) the photos in the "upload folder"

8. Editing photos in Picasa (straighten - crop - autocontrast - fill light)

9. Resizing photos in Fast Stone image viewer (it allows for bulk resizing)

10. Uploading the photos

Whew!

The above procedure takes more time than actual spotting, of course.

:)

Cheers and thanks for your attention!


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: Geir Vinnes on July 31, 2017, 03:35:37 am
Thanks for sharing a very interesting traveling report, you are a lucky guy that have the chance to travel like that :-).
And thanks for the tip about auto contrast, I am using the old Paint Shop Pro 8.1 and I just tried the auto contrast and I was surprised over the results, I have only used unsharp mask before which also improves the sharpness on my photos.

Brgds,
Geir


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: Brent on July 31, 2017, 06:04:58 am
Thanks for the informative report Vlad, hope others may follow the format when recording their trips.
Cheers
Brent

ps - I have still not yet taken a shot of Matuku even though has been to our port several times, I'm sure will happen soon.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: pieter melissen on July 31, 2017, 06:19:13 am
Vlad, after downloading the shots to a harddrive, the first task should be to put all shots of each particular ship into a separate folder, named after the ship and with the imo number added. After that you can follow up with processing, selecting etc. Where the name of a ship needs to sorted out you can temporary store these pictures in a folder marked: "unknown"...


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on July 31, 2017, 06:33:13 am
That's a possibility, Pieter. But, for now, it's a bit impractical for me: right now I am looking at a random folder of my "daily catch", with 43 different ships, so I would end up having 43 different folders.

And that's only for that one day.

So, my pictures are grouped by folders/dates, and names are written in small notebooks.

What I probably need is a personal database with all ships I've ever photographed, but for that I trust the "Search" function either on this site or on marinetraffic.com.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: pieter melissen on July 31, 2017, 03:09:50 pm
Vlad, having to deal with 43 different ships is wonderful but it does not change the principle of how to organise your files. I personally still keep a file of each different ship I take a picture of, which also helps me to easily file shots I take of the same ships on another date. (I cannot always remember whether I have seen a ship before or not, so i already have file for the ship when I take a shot for the second or third time. Keeping your files on websites like marine taraffic or this one, is bound to end in tears one day, as you cannot control the operation of those sites.   


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: Jim McQuarrie on July 31, 2017, 04:20:34 pm
If you go to advanced search/Photographer-enter your name then name or IMO then you will see if you have one on S/S


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on July 31, 2017, 11:48:31 pm
Pieter, perhaps I need to explain it a little bit better: I do not "keep" my photos on the internet, or trust any site that they will be around forever.

But, rather than organizing my folders by ships' names, I organize them by dates, and I keep them with at least double back-up on various external hard drives.

Therefore, I have "only" hundreds of folders; if I had them organized by names, it is my impression that I would have thousands of folders.

I don't even trust the "clouds" (yet), so everything is kept off line.

Where I do rely on the internet sites is the search function, like Jim said, to check if I've already uploaded the photo, to S/S or M/T,


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: pieter melissen on August 01, 2017, 06:49:49 am
Yes Vlad, I just counted, I have well over 20000 folders of different ship names, (not counting my old analog stuff). The date is an in-built feature of any shot (supposing you have your camera settings right) so I see no point in sorting them according to date. If I understand you correctly organising by date will need to rename each individual shot, rather than just keeping the camera number. I think I am saving a lot of time by throwing each shot of a ship into one directory with the proper name of the ship (adding IMO number to that name could sometimes also be useful), without having to rename all of the photograph. I suppose you, like me, also take significantly more shots than one of each ship you see.

And yes, I have two back-up hard discs as well.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 02, 2017, 04:15:14 am
Pieter, when downloading photos from SD cards to a computer/hard drive, I tag the folders with locations, while dates are added automatically. This way I keep track when I was where, while the names of vessels I've seen are kept in written form, and I do rely on internet search functions to check if I have already uploaded some ship's photo.

I could group the photos of a certain ship in separate folders, sure, but that would add another operation to my already a bit complicated procedure. :)


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: Jim McQuarrie on August 02, 2017, 06:48:56 am
If you go to Thumbnail/Properties/Details you'll get date camera etc.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 08, 2017, 08:16:37 am
I could not stay far away from Japan, obviously...

Last Wednesday I was told that Thursday and Friday were considered "mandatory vacation days", so I quickly devised a plan to visit Japan again, this time including some previously unknown (at least for me!) areas.

So I took a plane to Osaka, Kansai airport, got me a "Kansai Wide Area" railway pass, and decided to designate Aioi as my base for four days, because of its relatively central position, and the fact that the local "Toyoko Inn" hotel was so cheap that only sleeping on the street could beat its price.

Anyway. Day one, immediately after arriving at Osaka, started with the harbor tour; but without much to see. OK, maybe some container feeders, like this one:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714998

Then I took a train to Kobe, for the harbor tour there. Again, nothing much, but I did get to see some new submarines under construction at the local Mitsubishi yard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714582

Then I stopped briefly below the Akashi bridge, to check on the local traffic:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714042

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714601

...and that was Day 1.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 08, 2017, 09:09:06 am
Day two started with an early trip to Shikoku island, over the bridge connecting it with the island of Honshu. Train ride over this massive bridge offered me some decent vantage points over the local traffic, like this one:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714925

...and the port of Sakaide:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714932

But, more interesting was the view over the Kawasaki shipyard at Sakaide, producing mostly gas tankers:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714935

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714938

By the way, I took the train ride three times over the bridge, in order to get the best pictures. :)

Then, on to Imabari shipyard at Marugame, with a large bulker fitting out there:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714930

And a new ULCV for MOL:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714059

Then I went to Takamatsu, to take a ferry back to Kobe. Ferry port at Takamatsu is very busy, with some nice examples of, you guessed it, ferries:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714595

Ferry for Kobe starts from a different point, though, close to the local shipyard, with some bulkers on display:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714947

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714954

This was the ferry that took me to Kobe:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2540027

...to be continued...



Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: victor radio74 on August 08, 2017, 10:38:10 am
Marvellous Iappino! By the way it seems to me that PACIFIC BREEZE is IMO 9698123,according Equasis


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 08, 2017, 11:31:43 am
Thanks, victor radio74. And now, continuing with Day 2 of my trip.

So, on to the ferry "Ritsurin II" to Kobe. The trip takes almost 5 hours (with one stop at Shodoshima island), but there is always something to be seen, as there is constant traffic in Seto Inland Sea.

Like RO-Ros...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714909

...ferries...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714599

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714915

...small tankers...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714912

...and, as Akashi Strait approaches and it gets late, there are some more ferries going west from Osaka and Kobe:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714603

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714605

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714608

And that was that for Day 2.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 08, 2017, 12:14:33 pm
In the morning of Day 3 I've decided to take a cab south to Aioi Bay, to see if the big old ferries usually parked at IHI shipyard were still there.

The old "Suisen" (IMO No. 9116278) was, and so was the state operated "Hakuou", but there was also one "new" baby:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714963

Then I took a train to Kyoto, and then to Maizuru, for its shipyard and the naval base.

On Google Earth the area seemed a bit off limits, but the actual situation was much better. Also, even if it was scorching hot, the rain was always threatening, but I managed to be a step ahead.

First, one fishery patrol vessel:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714968

Then, a large auxiliary for the Japanese Navy:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714974

There were also bulkers fitting out at the local JMU shipyard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714977

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714978

The train ride from Kyoto to Maizuru and back is very interesting in its own way, as the scenery is fascinating. Anyway, that was it for Day 3.


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: lappino on August 09, 2017, 12:34:15 am
On the fourth and final day of my trip I've decided to take a ferry from Himeji to Fukuda on Shodoshima island, in order to check out Himeji port, and to see whatever traffic along the way.

This was the ferry I took:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714584

...and these were ferries of the same company, "Shikoku Ferry", seen along the way:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714586

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714590

The route gives a chance to glimpse the gas terminal, with whatever tanker that happens to be there:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714995

There were also some ships at anchor near the route:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714993

But, the best catch was the ferry "Hakuou", presently in Japanese government service, which I saw only a couple of days before berthed at Aioi, and thought that she was just languishing there. Now, however, she presented herself in her full glory:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714091

And that was it.

I got back to Himeji with some time to spare before my flight back, so the plan was to go to Akashi bridge again to see the traffic; failure to verify the shinkansen timetable from Himeji station made sure that this plan did not materialize. :)

I took 3,200+ photos (not all of them ships related, obviously), so the ones I've uploaded here make 1 percent of the total number, something of a "concentrate" of my trip.

Thanks for your attention!


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: Keith Goldie on August 09, 2017, 02:52:00 am
Wonderful Collection ;D


Title: Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos)
Post by: ShippmentDan on August 30, 2017, 11:57:47 am
I'm jealous and happy for you. I'd love to be able to travel around the world and get paid for it. Really nice collection of lovely images.