Happy on the Köln

Happy on the Köln

A very happy crew member of the Köln when she docked in Cork in 2005.

Now that I’ve archived my photo collection to DVD (only 41 DVDs for 2009 so far!) I’m converting RAW files to Jpeg to reduce the insane storage requirements of 179GB of data for 2009 alone. As an example, I squashed 2GB of RAW files to high quality Jpeg files that only took up 362MB. I’ve saved over 20GB so far and I’ve only started. :)

It is risky having only one copy of the RAW files on DVD but I haven’t yet deleted the files from my backup drives. The plan is to make duplicate DVD copies of each year, and then every year or more likely every 2 years make another 2 copies of each disc. Or use a Bluray burner if they’re available.
Or use a hard disk, I suspect that the disk capacity I need will probably come close to the cost of a spindle of high quality DVD discs.

Me paranoid? Not paranoid enough.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 160mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Digging up Daunt Square

Digging up Daunt Square

Flash back to 2005 if you will. Ireland is in the grip of the Celtic Tiger boom. Cork is undergoing a transformation. The city’s streets were dug up and remolded with apparently improved drainage (didn’t help recently unfortunately) and the revamping of the city centre was in full swing.

Here’s the construction on Daunt Square, with behind it the long gone Virgin Megastore.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/2500s

Eyes on Fregatte Köln

Eyes on Fregatte Köln

Crewmen on the Fregatte Köln when it visited Cork in 2005 kept a close eye on me, Ryan and AJ as we photographed every inch of the ship we could see.

Looking back over these photos reminds me that this was the day the cheap memory card I used at the time failed on me and I lost a number of fairly decent shots.

Look up at Marina City

Look up at Marina City

Marina City, the round shaped buildings in Chicago that sit on the river make an imposing sight when viewed up close. Good thing there’s valet parking, you certainly wouldn’t want to be scared of heights driving around inside them!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s

Shoe Shopper Heaven

Shoe Shopper Heaven

I’m reliably informed that many women enjoy the occasional trip to shoe shops and other establishments were garments and other finery may be purchased. Thankfully my wife isn’t one of them and hates shopping almost as much as I do. Nevertheless we found ourselves inside this shoe shop in Chicago so I decided to make the most of the moment and snap a few photos.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 21mm
ISO 1600
Shutter speed 1/100s