A child’s smile

A smile brightens up anyone’s day. When it’s a child smiling it’s extra special.
This was shot on St. Patrick’s Bridge, Cork just after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th. The crowds opened up for a few seconds and I briefly saw father and son.

When was the last time you used backups?

“Click! Click!” The sound we all dread to hear. The sound of a hard disk failing.

I bought a Western Digital “My Book” external drive a few weeks ago and moved my Backuppc backup files onto it. That freed up a 250GB SATA drive which I promptly filled with all my photos from 2000 to 2005. That’d be 109GB of data, all archived in a separate drive from my “current” work on this year’s and last year’s photos.

Unfortunately I discovered that the drive has some errors on it, rendering several months of photos unrecoverable. What makes it worse, I had forgotten to add those directories to my Backuppc configuration. Luckily, my trusty old DVD backups came to the rescue and I’m now copying the corrupted files back into my main repository.

The failed SATA drive is less than a year old, I think, so I’ll dig up the receipt and head down to Maplins. I need to buy another external drive anyway, now that I’m replacing my noisy desktop machine with a Dell laptop. Another option is a dedicated RAID array. The Drobo, reviewed by Thomas Hawk a few weeks ago looks very impressive. A bit pricey and I wonder if it’s available in Europe? Apparently the new 1TB My Book drives features a dual drive functionality, and access to gigabit ethernet. Choices, choices, choice. (Later.. The review here of the 1TB My Book says that it has some form of DRM, and is unstable. Definitely one to avoid.

The last DVD backup I made was way back at the end of January this year and I’ve taken another 20GB of photos since. DVDs are too small.

So, when did you last backup your photos? Would you be upset if you lost all those memories?

PS. ironically enough, while feeding Adam this morning I watched Homerazzi, the Simpsons episode where Marge loses all her family photos in a fire and Homer becomes a paparazzi. Here’s some of his work, including pictures of Paris Hilton attacking Bart!

Later .. Doug is having problems with his Drobo, although he’s getting great service from the store he bought it. When he plugged the Drobo into his Mac it complained it couldn’t read the disk. Nasty!

Sky High Cork City

Cork City as seen from the top of the carpark on the Grand Parade. The big ugly white building is the tax office on O’Sullivan’s Quay, the church is a disused one nearby. I’m not sure of the name off the top of my head, anyone?

Technique:
1. Use two layers, one over and the other underexposed and join at the horizon using a gradient layer mask. Erase and fill in where necessary using the mask.
2. Use an overlay layer to create the nice vignette effect at the top of the image.

The image needs to be slightly rotated I think, I spent so much time getting the horizon correct I didn’t notice how crooked things were!

18,000 people nude in public

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This is what 18,000 naked people look like. This is old news to some, but I missed it at the time. How did they manage to organise so many people so well? Photographer Spencer Tunick created the images in Mexico City. His next project is sometime this month in Amsterdam. Anyone going or gone to it?

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For more, check out Google Images, Laughing Squid and Knuttz.

Fair dues to him getting those shots. I find it’s hard enough to shoot ordinary group shots, without having to communicate with such a large crowd! Mad stuff altogether! His Naked States DVD is out too. I saw this on tv and it’s worth watching to see Spencer in action.

Care and attention

It was February. The sun was trying to shine but it was a little nippy out. You need to wrap up against the cold breeze!
Man and daughter or maybe granddaughter pictured on Patrick’s Street in Cork.

Vote for me in the photoblogs awards

Niall thought that inphotos.org wasn’t nominated for the Photoblog Awards but after registering and trying to submit my blog myself I found that it already was nominated by Gavin of Headphoneland. You can vote for his blog too. Thanks Gavin!

So, please vote for In Photos dot org. Like I did with the Irish blog awards this year, I won’t labour the point but I would really appreciate the vote! And if you can, please link here and encourage others to vote. Your trackback will get some linklove for your post!