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“I’m Feelin’ Droovy”

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Yes, I’m feelin’ droovy. That’s because I have moved all of my business keepers (photos that are worth keeping) from external hard drives to a drobo

A drobo is essentially a computer that holds as many as four hard drives. It’s kind of like a RAID system, but it’s not. It’s a way to protect your important files without the complexity of setting up a RAID. It holds four hard drives and automatically backs up everything you put on it. If one hard drive goes bad your info is still safe. If two of your four go bad at the same time, it’s still safe. You just take out the bad hard drive and put in another one. It’s that simple and it’s plug and play so you don’t have any setup to make it work with your computer. What else could you ask for?

For a photographer, this is a dream come true. I’ve had as many as five external hard drives sitting on my desk at once so that I can back up my work. Sitting beside the dobro are three 1TB drives and all but one of those will leave my desk tomorrow. 

In the past two days, I have moved about 200,000 images (some are duplicates for various reasons) onto the drobo while I was working. These are images that clients have seen over the past four years and some personal photos. Like I said, those are just the images clients have seen. Believe me, there are many, many more no one has seen but me. I have probably filled up about eight or nine terabytes of hard drive space in the past four years. I have also kept all of the keepers on additional hard drives and CD’s as back up.

Thanks to the guys at the TWIP podcast, I decided to get a drobo. I also got “I’m feelin’ droovy” from them. I now know how they feel knowing the photos are safe. That’s a shameless plug for TWIP because they are giving away a drobo this month to one person that links to their blog. So there, maybe I will win one.

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October 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm

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Jean-Paul’s Beach Trip

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Watch my good friend Jean-Paul tell all about his recent beach trip.

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October 29, 2008 at 12:01 am

Believe It Or Not, It Still Works

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If you have been reading some of my recent posts, I have been discussing how much I love my wireless flash. 

Using the flash off camera creates more dramatic lighting, which makes portraits look much better. Well, today I had it mounted on top of a tripod during a senior portrait shoot. I should have known better with the wind gusting the way it was. 

Sure enough, the wind blew the tripod over and it landed on top of the flash. Looking at the photo you might think it would not work. But it did. Since I was using it wirelessly and not mounted to a camera hotshoe, it worked fine. 

I could try to just solder the wires back and superglue the foot on the flash. However, since I would be taking the chance of short-circuiting the flash and a camera I think I will just sent it to Olympus and have it fixed. It’s just another cost of doing business.

The last time I did any electrical work, I put a ceiling fan in the kitchen of my first home. When it was finished, I was very proud of myself. I turned the fan on and it worked.

I thought I was pretty smart until I swung open a cabinet door and heard thump, thump, thump, thump, thump.

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October 28, 2008 at 8:13 pm

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My New Lens

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I recently purchased a new lens. It’s the Olympus 7-14mm F4 lens. If you have read on my blog about Olympus before that means it’s actually a 14-28mm lens when mounted on a camera.

I’ve been looking for ways to put the lens to use. I was shooting some PR photos the other day for Carlisle and took these two. The first one was a solution only Olympus could have given me. I used the 7-14mm lens on an Olympus E-3. I wanted to get a photo of the students faces, but they were sitting at a table that was up against a wall. I put the camera on live view with the lens set to 7mm. I pulled the screen out, tilted it, and set the camera up against the wall on the table and composed the photo. I focused it to 1 1/2 feet, put a computer mouse under the lens to hold it up, set the camera to take a photo two seconds after pushing the shutter release and then pressed it. I ended up with this photo. 

There was no way to compose this photo, except just guessing, unless I had live view and a pull out tilting screen. 

In the second photo, I used the Olympus wireless flash to pop a little light onto his face. It was also shot at 7mm.

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October 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm

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Carlisle Soccer

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I started thinking today, while I was shooting the soccer game, how lonely it must feel sometimes to play goalie. Then, I shot that first photo. These photos were shot with an Olympus E-3.

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October 23, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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Jay Dickman And Olympus

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Olympus Visionary Jay Dickman was in Charlotte, N.C. last night for an event sponsored by Olympus and Biggs Camera. 

Dickman has been a photojournalist for over 30 years including more than 25 assignments for National Geographic. His clients include Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, the NFL, Dell Computers, Sun MicroSystems (you get the idea). I guess the only other thing I need to say about him as an introduction is that he has won the Pulitzer Prize in photography. 

Dickman is a really nice guy. I chatted with him for about 10 minutes before he gave a presentation of his work. After a break, he showed and talked about photos from one of his National Geographic assignments and talked about the process of selecting photos for the publication and the final layout. His work is really amazing. His website is http://www.jaydickman.net/

After his presentation, there was a drawing for about 20 prints that he signed on the spot. I was an instant loser. I didn’t win one. The photo above is of Jay signing the prints. I know, there is a water bottle under his chin. I shot the photo from my seat, and I wasn’t about to get up and move it. Of course, the photo was shot with an Olympus E-3.

All the folks from Olympus are great too. They have been really helpful to me.

The evening was also an opportunity to see some of the lenses I don’t have. Olympus brought in all of their glass and some of it is just spectacular.

The two lenses on the right of the photo are the Olympus 90-250mm F2.8 and the 300mm F2.8. Since there is a 2x factor on the Olympus bodies, that works out to a 180-500mm F2.8 and a 600mm F2.8. No other camera manufacturer provides lenses with that field of view that are that fast. Others companies have 600mm F4 lenses, but they are a stop slower and at least twice as big. The lens next to the water bottle works out to a 70-200mm f2 lens. No one else makes a zoom that fast.

Olympus also makes some very unique cameras. I use the Olympus E-3. The E-3 has built-in image stabilization, a monitor that pulls out to the side and tilts and swivels and the camera has live view. So I can turn the screen to the side, look at the monitor to compose the photo and hold the camera over my head, around a corner or at the ground to get a photo without having to look through the viewfinder.

When you are 50 years old, not having to get on the ground is a big deal. 

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October 22, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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A Few From Today

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October 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm

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