Flickr Slideshow

Did you know that Flickr had slideshow capabilities? I had seen the slideshows before, but I had no idea that you could embed them elsewhere, or that they were set on a black background, or that you could make the images full screen. I have to say that I’m fairly impressed.

The above slideshow includes my full stream, but it’s possible to view slideshows of particular sets also. I’ve added a link to my 365 project slideshow to the project page also. Happy viewing!

Seeing the Light

The Morning Routine

The more I learn about lighting theory, the more I notice lighting and it’s influence on what I see. I notice the color of the natural light, and how it changes throughout the day. I notice how light elucidates texture when the sun is low on the horizon, and often hides it when the sun is high in the sky. And I notice how lighting can play with emotions, not just in photography but also in my life – the way that the sun popping out from behind a cloud can illuminate a room and life my spirits at the same time.

Every day I’m learning a little bit more, and seeing a little bit more. The door to the world is open, and every day the world is new again. It’s up to us to see it as new, and to explore.

The Joy of Printing

Print Junkie

This past weekend I took a class on fine art printing at the Minneapolis Photo Center. The class was two afternoons, Saturday and Sunday, and covered everything from adjustments in Photoshop to make your photos look better in print to different types of paper and how they affect the look of the printed image. I learned much more than I thought I would and printed much more than I thought I would. The prints came out great, and I’ve discovered that I really like seeing my work on paper. Now I’m feeling a bit addicted; I can’t wait to make more prints and to try out different types of paper for my images.

The photos above were printed without cropping or resizing at 300 dpi on A3 Epson Premium Luster paper with an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer. Images from the 50D at 300 dpi are a little larger than 10 x 15, which fit really nicely on A3. I’m also interested in trying out 19 x 13 paper to give the photos a bit more of a margin on the page, and trying photo rag and bamboo papers for a different look at feel. I’ve ordered 8 x10 sample sheets of a variety of papers including a few types of photo rag from Hahnemuhle, and am excited to try them out. I’ll post my experiences here, so look for them closer to the end of next week.

Backing It Up

Reading Material

I’ve always heard that a photographer should keep every image they shoot, even if they don’t think it’s very good, or they don’t have a current use for it.  The image may be useful later on, or looking at it with fresh eyes may reveal something great in a photo that hadn’t seemed like much at first.  The modern-day example of this is the image of Monica Lewinsky and then-president Bill Clinton that hadn’t been much of a keeper until the scandal broke.  However, as an amateur photographer who may take 20+ shots of the same subject at different angles and with different settings, I’ve decided to bend this rule a bit.  I still keep a handful of shots from each session, but who really needs 24 photos of my uncooked Thanksgiving turkey?  I certainly don’t.  So at least 20 of these go in to the recycling bin, and the other 3-4 images go into the archives.  Will I regret this one day?  Honestly, probably not.  I doubt I’ll even remember there were more.

Even with this approach, storage has become an issue.  Since I’ve been shooting at least a handful of images every day, and since I shoot everything in RAW, I’ve quickly used up most of the remaining space on my laptop hard drive.  Enter the LaCie drive.  I’ve had a 320GB LaCie mobile disk for a while now that I’ve used to backup my hard drive, but if I want to keep going with my photography and still have a mirror drive I’m going to need quite a bit more space.  So I placed an order for a new LaCie hard disk, this time getting a terabyte.  Now my 1TB drive, which, while small, isn’t ultra-portable, is my backup drive, while my portable drive is my photo archive.  This allows me to easily have all my photos with me if I need to, or to leave them at home if I don’t.  And, since both drives are small enough and mobile enough to move around, I can keep them anywhere I want for extra security.

Am I being overly cautious?  Maybe.  But having had a drive crash and lose all my photos before, I’d rather be safe than sorry.  So safe it is.