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The FOTOfinder can be used to search for images using criteria such
as orientation, keywords, locations etc. For example you can find
all vertical photos of a kangaroo in Tasmania.
There are also a lot more images
available for viewing in the FOTOfinder because it's more a "stock
photo" feature as opposed to a "best images" gallery.
Launch the FOTOfinder (opens a new browser window)
Below is some information about how
to search using the FOTOfinder.
Locations are used
to limit the listed photos to a particular place or area. Sometimes
the location is as broad as an entire country, sometimes as narrow
as a single town. It depends on the number of photos available for
At the top of the list is the "Anywhere"
Use this if you don't care where the photo was
taken, eg. you just want to see photos of lions no matter if they're
in Kenya or New Zealand.
Below this are several main locations and, usually,
below each main location some indented sub-locations. For example
"WA" is a main location.
Select WA and you will get all photos taken in
West Australia, north, south, east or west.
Under WA you will see "South", "East"
and "North" slightly indented, these are sub-locations.
Selecting "South" will only display
photos from the southern section of WA, "North" the northern
The same principle applies to all other locations.
Categories are used
to limit the photo list to only photos of a particular kind or of
a particular subject matter, eg. Wildlife.
At the top of the list are several special categories.
Use this category when you don't care what the subject is, only
the location. For example all photos taken in London.
Display photos that have been added recently, usually within the
last month or so.
Photos I consider to be my best in three areas, nature, people,
Faces in nature
The images in the Faces in Nature series.
Black & White
Pretty self-explanatory really.
This category is for photos created using panorama stitching software.
These images are "illustrations", which is to say they
are flights of fancy created from my photographs.
Not for sale
There are just a few photos that aren't for sale, mostly because
there's a reason I can't produce a high quality print even though
the shot looks good on the web.
Photos of Australia's largest and weirdest motorhome.
In a similar fashion to the locations list, categories
are divided into main categories and sub-categories.
For example, selecting "Wildlife" will
display all animals, Kangaroos, Reptiles, Mammals, et al.
"Kangaroos" will only show Australia's largest hopping
have an "Other" sub-category.
This will show
photos that don't belong in any of the other sub-categories.
Keywords allow a different method of filtering
the photo list to find an image.
The keywords are built automatically from the
photo's text, such as the title and caption.
The text is converted to lower case then split
into separate words, noise words like "and" are removed,
as are most verbs, then each word remaining is cleaned of some unimportant
bits (like 's on the end) and converted to a "standard"
This process eliminates many of the normal spelling
errors and differences we have between the various English dialects,
such as ize/ise.
Just as each photo's keywords are standardised, so are the words
you enter in the keywords text box, so you don't have to be too
precise with case, extra spaces, punctuation etc.
For example the following will all
tolkeen, tolken, Tolkien, TOLKEIN,
Entering any of these words will
display the photo "Tolkien's Trees" in the list, and possibly
The process of standardising words
does create some weird matches however, for example robert,
rabbit and robot all match each other.
This produces a very loose result
that returns more photos than an exact match method, but with a
small database of this kind that's preferable to missing photos
because of a small spelling error.
You can enter up to six keywords to limit the search. The keywords
will logically AND'd, which is to say that only photos with ALL
the entered keywords will be found.
For example night will return
many photos, night boat will return much fewer, and night
boat paris will only return a single photo.
Noise words are ignored, so night
in paris is the same as night paris.
Why do I sometimes get some weird
The search uses a fuzzy-logic algorithm to find photos that match
the word you typed. Sometimes the logic is a little fuzzier than
required but, as I said above, it's better to get more photos than
For example, you type the word "lion"
and, besides photos of Panthera Leo, you also get photos of a flower
and a fishing boat.
Maybe, buried in the supporting text
in the gallery pages of the two stray photos, was the word "lens"
or "line", the fuzzy logic sees both these words as being
the same as "lion".
Another example is the word "sheep",
it standardises to the same as "ship". Ships are in the
same category as boats, so your search will return a lot of photos
that have more to do with fishing than sheep.
If you only want photos of our woolly
four-legged friends try adding another keyword such as "wool"
or "animal". This will remove all boating photos.
Conversely, if you only want ships,
try "ship boat" to exclude any sheep photos.
If you happen to know the number of a photo or photos you can enter
it in this text box. Any amount of numbers can be entered, separated
by spaces, for example.
9 182 20000 2134
Internally all numbers a converted
to 5 digits so there's no need to type 00009, just 9.
In some cases there are variations to a photo, for example I often
shoot both horizontal and vertical versions. Usually one stands
up as the best and that's the one that is featured on this web site.
However, it's common to need a different orientation
to fit a particular layout, or a wider version that allows copy
to be dropped into the sky etc.
If the shot has such variations, this field will
say so. Explanations for the somewhat cryptic variations displayed
are as follows.
- similar, there are photos of
the same subject that are basically the same but vary in small
- composition, basically the same as "similar",
the shot is the same but the subject is maybe higher or lower
in the frame.
- focus, differentiates two shots that
have the same composition but the focus is different, ie. focus
on foreground in one shot and background in another.
- vertical, there is a vertical version
of this photo.
- horizontal, there is a horizontal version
of this photo.
- wider, there is a wider version of this
photo with more space around the subject.
- tighter, there is a tighter version
of this photo, maybe a full frame of the face rather that head
- detail, similar to tighter but more
so, a photo of a piece of machinery may have a detail of a single
- angles, same subject but from the other
side, or maybe lower and higher shots.
- diff light, same subject but at a different
time of day or with the light changed for some other reason.
- colour, a B&W photo has a colour
- b&w, a colour photo has a B&W
- large format, this photo has a version
shot on large format.
- place, other photos where taken at the
same time and place, or the immediate surrounds.
- cropped, the image displayed here has
been cropped from the full frame.
When an image has a variation it is available,
just not featured on this site. So, for example, you like a certain
photo but need a horizontal version, and you can see the word "horizontal"
below the thumbnail, email me for details.