Fragmented Files

One of my hard drives went down this weekend.  This is the first time since I started using a computer in 1983 that I had that happen.  Usually, I replace my drives in an orderly fashion before they go down.  Luckily, I have backups to everything, so I didn't lose any photos or files, but I'm a little put out that I have to break in a new drive before I was prepared to do so.  So, today's blog will be random thoughts, like the fragmented files I'm recovering, until I can get everything back together.  (OK, that was a lame comparison.)  Have you backed up your files lately? If you want to get better with your photography, there is a simple, tried and true technique that works for everyone.  Practice, practice, practice.  You have to keep working consistently at the skills in order to improve them.  You have to practice until you build up a base of knowledge about whatever you are doing if you want to get better.  Too often, people try to look for some quick fix to make their photography improve.  They read books; watch videos; buy a new lens.  These are all good things, but they won't replace practice.

City Hall in Warrenton, Virginia

I spent most of this weekend restoring old photographs. It's very satisfying to take scratched, faded photos from the past and bring them back to new life.  Most people have old photographs they cherish, but there is usually only one copy of them.  The negatives are long lost, and there is no easy way to share these photographs amongst your family or friends.  With today's technology, you can easily scan them.  Once it is in digital form, you can correct the scratches and faded colors and share those memories with everyone who wants to remember them.

Soldier of the Old Guard, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Speaking of sharing, it seems like people don't print their photographs as much as they used to.  When we do weddings, the majority of clients never print photo albums.  They want the digital files, and we offer an option of providing their photos on an IPad.  Of course, in the old days, prints were the primary way to view photos.  Print some photos this year, and display them in your home and at work.  Just because we can send the images zooming around the internet, it doesn't mean we shouldn't also create prints. 

Sunrise at Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mark gave his photo resolutions a few blogs ago.  I have one major resolution.  I will spend at least one weekend a month dedicated to a photography event, some of my making and some as an attendee.  I will travel near and far to do this.  I am planning another visit to Alaska, and I'm planning a walk around my neighborhood.  My resolution is not very specific about the events because it's more interesting to amble along a path than to walk a painted line. 

Cattails in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

That's it for tonight.  I've got work to do on my new hard drive.

 Split rail fencing at the Manassas Battlefield, Manassas, Virginia