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Media

 This website makes use of many kinds of media. Some are simply accessed to get live information (e.g. weather);  others are used as  a data source for these web pages (e.g. flickr) and some hold media publications that have been generated from our adventures (e.g. You Tube). Their role is described on each of the tabs on the left

FLICKR OVERVIEW

I have more than 12,000 pictures on Flickr, organised in albums and sets.

Flickr gives me the following

1: An offsite secure repository for my most useful and treasured  pictures

2: The opportunity to see some wonderful photography organised to illustrate things that interest me

3: A yardstick to measure my own photographs

4: A convenient and secure way to share images with friends, family and the wider Flickr community, some of whom have become friends

5: Some excellent software for organising and presenting image Groups

My flickr images are organised into Albums. Click here to view the Albums.

A summary of my Flickr collection can be seen by clicking here
My broad policy is that pictures of people will only be published to flickr in private “friends and family” albums, or made public with their consent. This may not apply to photos taken at conferences, meetings, rallies or other semi public events.

You Tube

As digital cameras have improved, the quality of video that can be taken has come on leaps and bounds. But, unless you are setting out to ‘shoot a movie’ it simply is not possible to generate a coherent set of video clips to assemble a proper video. The compromise is to mix video clips with stills, supported by music and commentary.

Gradually I have assembled a series of videos on You Tube, including

Expeditions

2012 Around Cape Horn: Part 1 London to Punta Arenas

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2012 Around Cape Horn Part 2: Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt

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2012 Around Cape Horn: Part 3: Chilean Day Trips

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2011 Hurtigruten cruise: Part 1 Norway

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2011 Hurtigruten cruise: Part 2 Svalbard (Spitsbergen

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Sailing

2011 A brief cruise tp to Alderney

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..2010 So Phare, So Good (Cordouan) Southbound

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2011 So Phare, So Good Northbound

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2008 Channel Islands Cruise

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2008 West Country cruise

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 2005 Scotland (“Puffin’ & Blowin”)

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2001 Scotland

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2011 Glenbrook Railway

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2007 NZ South Island Tour 

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The law of copyright is a jungle, and I have tried my best to comply with the copyright of the music I have used, mainly by acquiring the music from freesfx.co.uk, or purchasing a licence from the Apollo Orchestra website. I have sought the consent of C-map (in the UK) and Software on Board to use their products, but have not consulted the Admiralty whose data underpins the chart software suppliers. My hope is that, because I am not seeking to profit from these videos, and because the use of the product is sympathetic and largely promotional, then there will be no challenge. For more information visit the DVD preparation  section.

I have acknowledged the information sources and so far this has been sufficient to respond to any challenges from You Tube.

Still to be added

   Wildlife

   Local

Facebook

I have abandoned running my own blog, and content myself with occasional entries on Facebook. 

Log into Facebook and search for “Graham Rabbitts”

AIS

Automatic Identification for Ships (AIS) is now compulsory on all vessels over 150ft. Although warships are excluded, they usually carry the equipment. Many small fishing boats do too.

Without doubt AIS is the best addition to yacht safety on the last 25 years. I now carry a class B transmit and receive AIS displayed on my chart plotter. 

Sometimes it is useful to be able to track friends or other vessels of interest. Fortunately, AIS has proved so useful to shipowners that, in addition to the normal transmission by VHF, many vessels transmit data by satellite. The best Internet display of AIS has been developed by the University of Athens. In fact, marinetraffic.com has become the de facto standard source of shipping information. Go to the site, see a target, click on it to see an amazing amount of data.

A current live display centred on the Solent is available from the AIS page of this website. For more sophisticated use, visit the main Marine Traffic site. [Have a play with the options available from the menu on the left.It is amazing what you can find out!]

From a leisure point of   view, ‘fleets’ such as boats racing or cruising on company can be set up and tracked. No doubt new ways of developing this capability will  emerge.

In addition to the ship’s course, speed last port and destination, full details of the ship size, speed and cargo capacity can be obtained. There are also images of many ships, and I have contributed to this growing library.

Following Susie

Normally, you sell a boat and move on

But when the buyer, Susie Goodall,  has entered the boat in the Golden Globe, single handed, non-stop Round-the-World race, you have to follow what happens.

And when Susie, the new owner, is the only lady in the race, and the youngest competitor, then it has to be exciting!

To keep up to date, I am continuing the Ariadne blog page (though she is now known as “DHL Starlight”

Susie has a very good blog that can be seen by clicking here

Susie has already completed an Atlantic Triangle to test the boat, and virtually rebuilt it at Rustler Yahcts in Falmouth during 2017. The race start has been moved to Les Sables d’Olonne in July 2018

More details are available on the  Golden Globe website

The rules are trying to re-create the conditions when Robin Knox Johnston complete the course 50 years earlier. There will be no GPS; only SSB comms, and few instruments. The boats have to be less than 36ft, with a long keel with a rudder attached to the back of the keel – i.e. traditional boats.

Trackers, radar enhancers, and EPIRBS will be screened from the skipper.

Serif Affinity

Logs and websites depend crucially on images. My chosen vehicle for processing images is Affinity, produced by Serif.

Serif Affinity overview

As at January 2018, the Serif Affinity range includes 2 mainstream products (both available for both Mac and Windows):

  • Affinity Designer aimed at graphics design mainly using vector objects
  • Affinity Photo which is a powerful photo editing suite.

Taken together, these products match most of the capabilities of Adobe’s Cloud offer.

Affinity Photo for  Ipad Pro was launched in November 2017, and is proving very popular.

The big difference is Price. Photoshop is now only available on a monthly subscription, starting at about £10 per month. The Serif packages are available at £50 each (inc VAT) as a one off charge with no rental.The Ipad Pro version costs £20 (Jan 2018)

A publisher suite is in development, as is a Data Asset Manager (DAM).

Why Affinity?

Quite apart from the price advantage, there are some technical benefits, and it is also a British product, with the Development team based just outside Nottingham.

One video  (just over 6 minutes) sets out some of the benefits, and can be viewed by clicking here

The product has had many excellent reviews, and Affinity Designer was awarded Apple Mac App of the Year in 2015 (It only came to Windows at the end of 2016). One typical review can be seen by clicking here. And another from the excellent Digital SLR Magazine (May 2017) can be seen here (click on the image to zoom in).

I have been a Serif customer since 2001 when I needed a low cost photo editor to deal with the low level photography I was attempting at that time (PhotoPlus). My ambitions have grown ,in parallel with the Serif range, with the production of Logs (one of which won the RYA Log of the Year award in 2003) and videos, all of  which are dealt with elsewhere on this website. In addition to the Affinity products, I have also used Serif Page Plus, MoviePlus  and Web Plus (which was used to create my previous website).  Sadly, the structure of Serif WebPlus makes it difficult to adapt to the modern flexibility required by mobile media, so Serif have been forced to withdraw support. So this website was constructed in WordPress. 

Affinity Support

There are more than 200 excellent tutorial videos already. I find the easiest place to access them can be reached by clicking here. On that page you will find access to the tutorials, advice  on which of the Photoshop plugins also work in Affinity, and access to the Forums. And access to many free resources too.