19 Jul The Hidden Costs of a Photography Obsession
Last Friday we returned home from a four-week caravan holiday, having stayed at eight coastal locations in northern NSW and southern QLD, driven 3300 kilometers and taken approximately 2000 photos.
We travelled with a small group of friends for part of this Holiday. One of our travelling companions, Norm, noticed that I take a lot of photos and asked, “What is your hit rate?”. The relevant response was the percentage I normally want to show or publish. I suggested it could be as low as 1 in 50 (2%). So, what will be the hit rate for this trip?
No Ordinary Sand Castle – Noosa Beach QLD
I had hoped to post a photo blog for each destination, after reaching the next one, but soon discovered the hard drive on my laptop was full. So there was no easy way to process RAW photos (48 meg each) and upload them for blogs.
A rash purchase of another external hard drive was dismissed. I already had six individual, external hard drives full of my old photos at home; which makes finding, viewing, editing, culling and retrieval difficult and tedious. So as a temporary measure a few unwanted files were deleted from my laptop to make space for a small number of holiday photos.
View from Burleigh Heads, with the more glitzy parts of Qld’s Gold Caost in the background
Of course I always knew the time would come to deal with the storage issues, but why did it come at such an inconvenient time? In the past, available finance had been one impediment to solving the problem; unsatisfactory previous choices already mentioned had been a further discouragement. It was now time to purchase a large capacity, secure, “all-in-one” solution. But which product would do the job efficiently within my budget?
The Hillbilly Hilton on Noosa River QLD – Far too exclusive for us
On Saturday I ordered a LaCie 12TB 2big (dual 6TB), Thunderbolt 2, Raid capable, desktop storage system. Up to four more of these can be “daisy chained” as required for future expansion. Not exactly a cheap option. I hope I’ve made a suitable decision this time.
The new storage should arrive in about a week, then the transfer and processing of files will begin, plus some ruthless culling of old and new shots.
Reflections – Noosa Everglades QLD
I look forward to showing you a more extensive selection of holiday photos soon, spread over several “episodes”.
Until then, have fun and take Care.