Posted by @ 1:55 am on Wednesday 21st November, 2007.

Anna had just one piece of homework during the recent junior-school half-term holiday... find some pictures of Autumn. What a great excuse for getting the kids outside in the fresh air, we thought, so off we went to the local woods for a "let's see who can take the best photo" competition. I took my Nikon D50, Ella took her Vivitar compact and I gave Anna my old Olympus C730-UZ.

Anna got used to the camera very quickly, this was the first time she had used one "for real", as she put it (she's taken the odd holiday snap with mine, that's all).

Well, we were in and out of the trees, crawling through the undergrowth, trudging through the mud, it was a great time. Anna rattled off shots here, there and everywhere, she really enjoyed herself.

Back at base, we took stock and prepared to send her pics to school, and that's when the experience started to turn sour...

First, we tried to send them by email to the address that had been given to us for this exercise, but they bounced back.

Next, we sent them on the smartmedia card that was in the camera when she took the pics. This was returned with the message that the school "couldn't use that type of card".

Next, we transferred them to an SD card, this was returned with the message that the school "can't read the pictures".

Getting a bit bothered by all the unnecessary hassle, I burned the pics onto a CD, that was returned this week with the message that the school "still couldn't read the pictures".

Now, I'm no expert, but I've yet to find a modern computer that won't read JPG files and finding one without a CD-ROM or better is practically unheard-of these days. It seems to me that the school is more digitally-challenged than I thought.

As you would expect, Anna is now completely disillusioned by the situation, she feels that it was a waste of time, and I can appreciate that feeling. It's not much of a morale-booster, is it?

So, to make up for the shortcomings of the school, I've put her pics in an album of their own. Who knows, maybe the school might figure out how to get to see them too!

Here's a taster of what's on offer...





Not bad for a first-timer, eh?

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3 Responses to “Digitally-challenged”

  1. Scott says:

    That's pretty poor on the part of the school, right enough. No' much point in their encouraging the kids & then losing interest. 🙁

    Our local paper - admittedly not the most august publication - has a weekly photo spot/competition type thing. If there's something similar in your neck of the woods, it might be worth a punt? If the wee yin got summat in the paper it might cheer her up?

    Anyhow, well done Anna & Ella, that's what I say!!!


  2. BG! says:

    Hi Scott

    Good idea about the local paper, I'll have a look and see what's what.

    Anyway, Anna's chuffed that her pics are "on the internet", so she's not that fed up now.

    We've not seen any of Ella's pics yet, I suspect it's because she's not sifted out those of her with her ex-boyfriend. 🙄

    As for my pics, well, they were rubbish so I didn't bother uploading them. 😥

  3. Cool pictures (especially for a first attempt! could be a future there...) Getting out in the autumn is such a great time to take pictures, my walk to work through fields is so beautiful at the moment with all the browns and the (generally) blue skies! 🙂

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