As usual lately, way too long between posts. I am still alive and still interested in posting/photography. Life has just continued to throw curve balls. In this case it has been a very, very, very stubborn file server I have been trying to get online and working properly. Lets just say we started with one OS (Ubuntu) moved on to another (FreeNAS), then another (Windows XP) which lasted awhile (about 5 weeks) and finally another (Windows 7). I think the whole project probably soaked up 60hrs of my not so abundant free time since late February.
In the end however, I have gotten the darned thing subdued and dancing to my tune. It does everything I want it too and more. Nice and low power, fast and able to multitask like no ones business. It was a nice feeling the other day to see it streaming a movie to the living room’s media player, to my wife’s laptop, to my computer all while backing up some files from my PC to it at about 80MB/sec and seemingly not breaking all that much of a sweat.
This isn’t actually apropos of nothing. If you are a photographer and either scan your negatives or just use a digital camera, IE you have digital copies of your pictures, you should really consider backups. I like to think since I scan my pictures that my negatives are the backups for my digital copies (or vice versa). However, I know if I somehow lost the digital copies I’d be pretty devastated. It wouldn’t be the end of the world (unless the physical negatives went as well), but it would be a lot of work evaporating. I still haven’t scanned every roll I’ve taken (only up to my Honeymoon, so about a years worth of negatives still to be done); however, that still means that I’ve scanned well over 100 rolls. Maybe over 200 rolls total. At probably 60-90 minutes a roll to scan and quicky edits that comes out to something like 100-300hrs of work I’ve invested in digitizing my pictures. Even at just minimum wage that is hundreds to low thousands of dollars worth of work I’ve put in to them.
So even if you don’t have the expertise to build your own file server or don’t want to purchase a ready-made one, at the very least get a nice external hard drive (or two!) that can handle backups of all your files. This doesn’t handle off-site backups in case of something truly tragic like a fire or break-in, but it at least protects against a hard drive failure or electrical surge (probably, especially if you only connect the drive when you are doing back-ups) or for that matter accidentally deleting a file.
So this has been a long way of saying, with this off my plate, not trying to sell my house any more (for a year or so anyway) and no major house projects, the only thing sucking up my time are little things like two young children and a wife :D.
I do have a tiny little camera related bit of gear showing up soon that I am going to play with and of course report on. It’s a Janco Omni-bounce for an Olympus FL-20 flash. I don’t happen to own an FL-20, but I do have an S-20, which is identical in dimensions and pretty much all functions (the FL-20 is a tad taller because of a taller hotshoe). So fitment shouldn’t be an issue. It should be a nice way to diffuse the flash and for reducing the power for when I want some nice wide open, but close in shots. It’s only a few bucks through Amazon.
Also there will be a new addition to the family. My wife (open secrete) is getting an Olympus E-PL1 for her 30 birthday later this month. She has been wanting a dSLR for a while for higher quality images, more control over taking the pictures, more lens options, faster focusing, but also wants something small to fit in the diaper bag easily. An interchangeable lens camera (instead of a dSLR) fit this to a T. She just happened to like the E-PL1 the best after trying a few others ones. She has even requested a lens adapter to use my OM lenses with the camera (hubby is so proud!)
On an unrelated note I have, I think, finally decided that I do really need a dSLR at some point. I love my OM cameras, immensely, but scanning and then cleaning up film has just gotten to be a pain. I like film, but there are so many hassles associated with it (at least for me and my limited spare time). That said, don’t expect me to stop using my OMs, and certainly not my OM/zuiko lenses. It won’t be any day particularly soon, but I do plan on picking up a Canon 5d or 5d MkII one of these days soon (and by soon I mean probably in the next 1-3 years depending on price at the time). Really my budget is maybe about $1,000 when the time comes which can pick up a 5d these days if you bargain hunt and maybe in a couple of years might mean a 5d MkII.
I should have some new pictures to share, soonish. Maybe by the end of next week. Its only taken me 7 weeks to get through the roll of film 😀