Meta, Tech

The Time Traveller’s Camera


Sunday (Photo credit: ex.libris)

This would no doubt be a more interesting title than article really but here goes.  With so many devices around me telling me that this is 2013, and that 2012 is constantly receding into the past how did I still manage to set the date wrong on my new, well-travelled compact camera?

I only discovered this when I needed the timestamp to say March 2nd 2013 to enter a photography challenge and I noticed that the pictures I’d taken were appearing amongst photos I took last year in the date-order view.  The camera had apparently taken pictures in March 2012, before it had been manufactured, while it was still a pile of chips in China.

Yet it was so easy to miss, I’m used to computers and phones auto-updating their date and time now.  But it shows how easy it is to fake the date and time a picture was taken.  The camera can certainly lie these days if not actually time-travel.

Society, Tech, Transport

Parcel Farce Part Deux: One Camera’s Journey

English: Lagan Viking Irish Sea The Lagan Viki...

English: Lagan Viking Irish Sea The Lagan Viking one hour and forty minutes after leaving Belfast Harbour is photographed passing the Isle of Man heading for Liverpool. Image made from Portavogie Harbour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I often find that I see interesting photos while I don’t have my DSLR with me and while my compact camera does a good job when I saw the chance of an even better compact for half price (£60) on Amazon I decided to treat myself.  I no longer have Amazon Prime so didn’t expect to have to deal with couriers any more but this week I was proved wrong.

My camera was dispatched on Monday from Swansea and was meant to be delivered on Wednesday, some drivers for the courier it was being sent by (Hermes) have a habit of leaving packages outside our building so I was a little apprehensive when I arrived home to find nothing, not even a card to say they hadn’t delivered.  I checked on Amazon and the tracking information said “Possible delay in delivery due to arrival at incorrect carrier facility” – current location of my camera: Belfast.  It had taken the advice to “go west” instead of heading for me over here on the east coast.  Possible delay?  It had crossed the Irish Sea and was on its way to Tipperary for all I knew (which is a long way).

Thursday evening, it still hadn’t arrived.  It was in Warrington, having presumably briefly visited Liverpool.  I know not where it will go next but I am a little annoyed that it’s visiting more cities than I have time to do.

Update:  Saturday morning.  I suddenly thought to check where it was, went to Amazon, the tracking now said it had visited Peteborough and was out for delivery.  At last!  I looked out of my front window a few minutes later and down on the road outside was the Hermes driver just getting my box out of his car.  Perfect timing.