Me, OCD??

My kids say that I’m OCD.   Isn’t that ridiculous?  Well, I do like things done a certain way and everything has to be in its proper place, but that’s just because I like to be organized (right TBM?).  So, when I have a to-do list, I like to try and finish one item before  I move on to the next.  Take my blog screw-up for instance.  When I first started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing, and I certainly didn’t think about re-sizing photos for the internet.  Within no time I had pretty much used up my media quota on WordPress because my pictures were so huge, and I began to panic, but my wonderful blogging friend, Gary, came to the rescue and taught me how to properly size the photos for my blog.

During my last couple of days of Christmas holidays this year I went on a photo re-sizing spree and am happy to announce that I am finally done!!  I know what you are saying – I could have just re-sized a few at a time as I needed space, but my OCD demanded that I complete the job, and I love the feeling of accomplishment :).

Now to move on to the next item on my to-do list, but I also need to get back to more regular blogging because I have been sorely neglecting it over the holidays.  I’m really not a winter person so I haven’t been out much with my camera, but with the thousands of photos on my computer, I’m sure I won’t have any problem finding special ones to share.  This photo is one of those captures where I can’t really pinpoint why I like it so much, but while I was reviewing my photos it just really popped out at me.  I think it’s the way the composition draws your eyes into the photo and makes you want to travel past the rocks and explore down the river.  This is part of a water hazard trail used to train the horses at Tralee where my sister-in-law works.

Water Hazard

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38 Responses to Me, OCD??

  1. Irene Fleury says:

    i love this as well Cindy. i love walking in the woods and exploring, so this really would intrigue me to go further. also, as i like to look for unusual wildflowers for my garden (as you well know) this is one place i would have o problem putting on my hipwaders for!!

  2. Beautifully composed Cindy.

  3. Nice post….and piccie 🙂

  4. Jeff Sinon says:

    A little OCD never hurt anyone 😛 Mine takes the form of having a little panic set in whenever I’m ready to leave a place I was just photographing. Even though I KNOW everything is back in the car, as I start to leave I have to put the car back in park, get out and check. Every single time! And I’ve never actually forgotten to put anything in the car either. Oddly enough, I don’t get the same feeling about leaving something behind while I’m leaving the actual scene, like the summit of a mountain like where I was this past weekend, only at the car.

    I remember you freaking out a little about running out of space 😀 Another plus about resizing that has nothing to do with space, image theft. Uploading full res. files makes it easy for someone who may want one without paying for it. That’s why I always resize and watermark 😀

    • I never thought about resizing to protect against image theft. It’s a shame that we have to think about that, but it does happen doesn’t it? As for your checking and rechecking, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who does things like that :). I don’t blame you because you probably have a lot of expensive equipment that you would hate to find out you had left behind!!

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        Yes it is a shame, but in there are many who feel that if it’s shared on the web it should be free. I don’t mind if, in fact I encourage people to share my photos. I’ve also had several requests from people asking if they mind if they use one of my photos for their Facebook cover photo. I always say yes. Even if they position it so as the watermark is hidden, if someone clicks on it to get the full view it’s there so they know where to get it. But you won’t ever see a full resolution, un-watermarked image of mine on the web, ever. I’m interested in making my photography a career, and giving them away is not a very good business model

        I also don’t necessarily think the “theft” is all that malicious, more along the lines of, “I really like this photo, nobody will mind if I just print an 8×10.” They probably don’t even think of it a stealing. Which I guess is a shame, because that’s exactly what it is.

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        Oh, as for the gear loss, it is comical the steps I go through, EVERY SINGLE TIME! And I’ve never left anything, not my tripod on the roof of the car, the camera bag on the snow bank at the parking area, nothing. I always take one last look before I close the rear hatch, and yet every time, start to move, stop, back in park, get out and walk around the car, open the hatch, “just to make sure.”

      • LOL – it’s so nice to know other “ocd” people!! I always check and re-check everything too, but if it gives us peace of mind and possibly averts a catastrophe, then what’s the harm right? 🙂

  5. TBM says:

    Um, how can you hate winter when it’s so pretty out. Nice photo. And, um, no comment about the OCD thing. No comment whatsoever. I’m still hoping for a Christmas gift this year.

  6. Hahaha… I also call it organized!!! – – – I’m like that as well!!! 🙂 **

  7. Rick Diffley says:

    I love my OCD (-: One + side effect is I research the heck out of any possible major purpose. Works the same, for instance, when I went out and purchase my 1st DSLR camera. Ultilized the heck out the local libraries for learning materials. When that dried up, hit the Internet for webinars and photo forums.

    • It’s funny you should talk about researching because I always call myself the Queen of Google. I can always find information that other people can’t because they don’t have the “ocd” patience and determination LOL!! I wish I had a job in research – that would be amazing :).

  8. Colline says:

    I thought it was normal to make a list and check mark the item when done. 🙂

  9. zannyro says:

    Interesting…I’m OCD too!

  10. dogear6 says:

    I paid for more storage on WordPress rather than resize the first year of photos. I do resize now and have for a while.

    I like that photo too – the monochromatic colors are striking. Not everything has to be vivid. I have a few from last weekend that are mostly browns and I can’t wait to share them.


  11. sayvan says:

    I cant be bothered re-sizing. You can upload to some hosting sites and set the settings and they will resize as you upload. You can then take those photos and link them to whatever you post on WordPress….. its rather seamless and does not take the time to resize… Did you keep originals?

    • Now that I know how to do it, I find resizing really quick and easy. I do it in Photoshop after I finish any basic editing, and then I save it with “web” at the end of the file name. I always have three versions of my photos that I have used on my blog – the original, the edited version, and the web version. I never save over my originals :).

  12. krikitarts says:

    I’m delighted to have been able to be of some help, Cindy. You’re right about the wanting to jump in and follow that stream–how inviting!

  13. beckyday6 says:

    Out of curiosity, how DO you resize photo’s for on here? Or is it strictly ‘need to know?’ 😛

    • I’m sure there are many ways to resize photos, but I use Photoshop (I have Elements 11 and CS5) for editing, so I just do my resizing in Photoshop too. In Photoshop you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+I to make size adjustments, and then I always save the smaller image with “web” at the end of the filename, so I know that’s the one to use on my blog. I use 600 x 400 for my web images, and I think that’s in pixels. I’m just not at home right now to doublecheck that. I hope that helps :).

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