Sunday Dec 14, 2008

Isfahan

You may never have the good fortune of visiting Isfahan but to get a glimpse of the city, I highly recommend a visit to http://www.360cities.net/area/isfahan-iran.

Select one of the images there and take a 360 degree view of one of the corners of this amazing Persian city.

It would be difficult for me to recommend any of these images as exemplary but if you do visit the Sheikh Lotfallah Masjid, ensure that you turn the viewing angle towards its magnificent ceiling.

Hopefully, I will be lucky enough to visit Isfahan during early January of 2009, during two weeks I'm taking off from work.


Tuesday Jan 30, 2007

Falling for Flickr

Masjid Imam Reza



Gonbad-e Haruniyeh

First, I hit the limit on the number of albums and then the limit on the number of photographs that can be posted on Flickr's free service.

So, now, I'm afraid I've fallen for the paid Flickr PRO service, and got myself a jUploader. Now, I'm busy uploading photographs starting from 2003, a year or so after I bought my first decent digital camera.

For months, I resisted the upgrade from free to paid Flickr service. I planned to roll out a content server of my own but never found the time to do it or the right ISP for it where I could simply manage a piece of hardware housed someplace. (Fulup Ar Foll tells me such a service is readily available in France.) If I could host my own service, I would no longer have to depend on or pay Flickr anything for the service it offers. My main goal is to have the photos on some file system accessible by some HTTP server that can dish it out. This is not much to set up but just as I said, I've not found an ISP that provides a nice service where I can "own" the use of a piece of dedicated hardware, with unlimited download albeit on a fixed network bandwidth and some file backup service already provided. This way I can install and configure software as I wish and I don't have to store the hardware in my own home.

So, yes, I finally signed up for a 1-year subscription to Flickr PRO and have started posting all these photographs that have been sitting in iPhoto library of an iMac at home. About 3 more years of photos are waiting to be posted.

Some of these photos are from years ago. 

Here, I have linked-in two photos from the batch I just uploaded from 2003.

The details for the first photo, taken in the Astan-e Qods-e Razavi in Mashhad, Iran, can be found here

I remember, when I took this photograph in the open courtyard, a mildly-spoken sermon was being delivered in a very simple Persian on how parents should care for their children. My wife, for whom Persian was a 3rd (or 4th?) language, still remembers easily following the Persian.

The second photo captures the main wall of Gonbad-e Haruniyeh, a 14th century mausoleum, about whose origins there are many theories. The mausoleum is on the Tus-Mashhad road. I rememer finding it amazing how much cooler the inside of this 700-year-old building was when compared to the climate just outdoors. (Yes, the high ceilings and the design for air circulation has something to do with it. There might also be some underground water or spring.)

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