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

Lifebelt in the grass

A lifebelt lay in the grass at a beach on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry last September. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, beautiful clouds contrasted with the deep blue of the sky and a light breeze blew off the sea.

We were just going back to the car after a nice stroll on the beach. I had just taken footprints in the sand down on the beach when I looked back one more time and saw this striking scene in front of me.

The clouds were perfect, the sun was shining on the beach, the far away hills were in shadow and light. Perfect moment!