Comparisons

I put off using the WordPress block editor for as long as I could but eventually decided to jump in. There’s a block called image compare which I’ve been playing with. It’s nifty stuff but you really need to get two pictures taken from the exact same spot and with the same camera setup. That’s easy if the camera can be put on a tripod and the changes made quickly. Getting the camera back in the same place, pointing at exactly the same spot; when a week or year has passed, would be a challenge.

The obvious application is to record big changes, those before and after shots you always meant to take. I think it could be an effective way to draw attention to small changes too, indeed it would be great for one of those spot the difference competitions. Might have to be the first to use it for that.

Here are some of my early efforts.

This was in my six on saturday post, the tunnel sheet removal.
I left the tripod in position, took a few shots elsewhere and put the camera back on the tripod. Unfortunately I took the second picture zoomed right out and the first zoomed right in. I tried to crop the second picture to be the same but didn’t get it spot on.
Earlier in the week I pruned one of my Camellias; it’s an effective way to show what I removed.
The classic before and after shot of the removal of a large camellia. The bright sun and strong contrasts reduce the effectiveness.
Three days after removing the Fuchsia I moved a camellia into the gap. There was no way of getting the position for the shot again.
Yesterday the tunnel came down. Today it went back up again on my allotment. I need timber for door frames and a warm calm day for sheeting it.
Messing about, spot the difference.

There are heaps of blocks to choose from, some with intriguing names, like masonry, legacy widgets and hero. Audio too. It must all mean something to somebody.

20 thoughts on “Comparisons

  1. Haha… love all your playing. I must admit some of the photo blocks are fun as you have amply illustrated, but I still find it an awkward editor for those of us who just want a simple layout, and the text can be unbearably large in some blocks without being able to adjust the size. Love your plant stands btw – where did you find those?

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    1. I have a limited menu in the block itself, which doesn’t allow changes to font size, and a panel to the right with settings for the post or the block, in which I can change font size. That’s on a PC, I don’t use tablet or phone for editing.

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  2. That’s pretty nifty. I have not prodded around yet to see what was in this new block editor yet.
    That camellia is pruned extraordinarily well too. I never see them done like that. It does not seem to have been pruned. There does not seem to be any difference in the last pictures, except only that the fuchsia was moved over slightly.

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    1. You spotted all the difference there was. Camellias here make an early short flush of growth and sometimes a much longer flush from mid summer, notably on young and vigorous plants, or those that have been hard pruned recently. The flower buds are all on the early flush so unless you want the extra growth, the later lot is unwanted. In our hotter and dryer summers there is little or no secondary growth so you may only get the early flush.

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      1. Most of our camellias are too overgrown to salvage. Some get cut down completely. I leave the stumps if they are in situations where new camellias might be assets. If they regenerate and bloom in a few years, that would be nice. If they do not, it is no major loss. I know it sounds mean, but seriously, I do want to leave ugly camellias out in public landscapes for a few years as we try to salvage them. It would be different in my own garden . . . or in my own garden, I might not mind if they grew into trees and shed their lower growth.

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      2. ‘Too overgrown to salvage’ is what happens with things that all the books say don’t need pruning and which just get on and do their thing for decades without intervention. One day you notice them and realise you should have done something ten years earlier. Not that most people know what it is they should have done, just something.

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      3. Some of the landscapes here were designed with the expectation that they would be somewhat maintained. Some are from a time when there was less to maintain. There are now too many landscapes for us to keep up with, and much of the material was overgrown decades ago. Even in our unrefined landscapes, I really do not want things to get out of control. Now, overgrowth is (suddenly) considered to be a fire hazard.

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  3. I’m glad you’re enjoying using the new system. I do feel like a child playing with these. It’s a very interesting effect viewed directly on your website and works really well with garden views.

    Reading in The WordPress Reader (as I was initially) the images are in the old format, one under another. You would have thought that would have been taken care of before launching.

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    1. I never look at how my posts look on my phone or tablet, as web pages or in the WordPress Reader. As you say, you assume these things are sorted for you. Just getting two identical shots is tricky if you’re using a phone without a tripod to take pictures, which I suspect a lot of people are.

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