The image above looks like it’s going to turn out horrible, but in this case Todd had a back up plan before he hit this section of trail….He was able to walk away with out a scratch.
Poke around the internet for a bit and you’ll see lots of methods/suggestions on how to back up your images. The method I describe below….works for me. If you take anything away from this post….I hope it’s at least a reminder to back up your photos.
My process is in three parts:
I start by downloading my images to my computer. No brainier I know but I’ve had a few issues with hard drives crashing and now I run a mirrored set of drives on my pc. In a nut shell whatever is written to one drive is mirrored to the other. You can have a drive fail and you are still up and running. You’ll hear of complaints that it slows down your system but I’ve been doing this for a couple years now with out issue.
The second step is I run a weekly backup to an external drive using Acronis back up software. There are loads of options for back up software….take your pick and use one of them. If I’ve just come back from a photo shoot I’ll fire off the backup as soon as the photos are downloaded to the computer.
The last step of my process is using Carbonite off site back up. Carbonite runs full time on my machine and is always backing up to their servers. Unlimited data and it’s around $60 a year. They can also back up your external drive for an additional fee. I know lots of people who think backing up to an external drive at home or an array of drives is enough, but I like the idea of my files being off site too. Theft, fire, flood….clumsy accidents with external drives….you never know.
Think I’ll run a backup right now…all freaked out from typing this.
I’m pretty new at using my “smart phone” as a camera…You can see by the title of my post that I took my “best photo ever” with it. I’m actually kidding about that…… but the process of using my camera phone and sharing the images with others brought up an interesting situation. I recently shared the first photo below from one of my recent mountain bike rides with a few people…one of them was my brother. Most of you probably know how easy it is to snap a shot, toss on some pre built filters and boarders….then either email to a few people or share it on Twitter (@m5photography by the way). I mainly share these types of shots just to keep people updated with what’s going on in life. Now back to the shot that I shared with my brother. He responded right away on the mountain bike shot and said “that is the best photo you have ever taken.”
Now there are few take a ways from this scenario….the first is that my brother REALLY liked the shot and the pre built filter I dropped on it. Most people agree that photography is subjective and in this case if thats my brothers favorite photo I can live with that. Do I agree with him? Well no…I think it is an interesting shot with the fog and the riders… sure…my best? No. Should I toss out the Canon 7D and stick to shooting with the phone? Not just yet.
Another good reminder that came from all of this and its something I’m always saying to my friends who have the gear but don’t shoot often enough…I took the time to take the shot and used what I had. My brother didn’t ask what I used to take it..nor did he care after I told him. At that very moment the best camera I had for the job was the one I had with me. In this case it’s the camera on my phone.Details
Day 2 was actually spent an hour or so away from Moab in Colorado…also known for some amazing riding it was worth the extra time in the truck. I could tell Colorado had a dry year as last time I was here there was more green on the ground. Still a beautiful place to ride and shoot.
If you missed the Day 1 shots, you can find there here http://m5photography.com/5/2012/05/moab-photos-day-1/
Tech Info: Canon 7D and Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.
As always, click images for the larger view.
This shot ended up being one of my favorites from our trip to Utah…shot it in the horrible harsh non golden hour of 2pm. Guess it can be done…
Canon 7D with the Tokina 12-24 f/4
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I should probably blog more often about companies where I get bad customer service, but there are enough websites out there where you can read about poor service. I wanted to spend at least a few sentences praising GoPro. I recently had an issue with my Hero2 and the on board audio not working just right. A quick email to customer service and I got a quick response with a few options to try out. Unfortunately the solutions they provided didn’t do the trick so I sent them a note letting them know. The next step was to send the camera in to have GoPro take a look. I was thrilled to have them send me a replacement the same day they received the camera I had sent in….I hadn’t asked them for a quick turn around…it was just something they took care of right away.
Thanks GoPo! It’s nice to deal with a company who remembers where they came from.Details
I’ve been riding past a certain spot for a number of years now and each time I rode past it I took a photo. It was always a mental photo…just banking it in my mind to remind me that I wanted to go back and shoot there. I think one of the important things in photography is shooting personal projects. My only goal with going out shooting this day was to clear out that mental photo and make it a real one. I only had about two hours to use…but knew that should be enough to get this shot done. If we had left over time, which we did, I had another shot I wanted to check off my list.
The shot below with the palm tree is the spot I’d been riding by for years and it felt good to finally get it done. I’m naming the shot SoCal when I post it to Flickr/500px as it sort of sums up parts of Southern California…Palm trees and graffiti.
The second/third shots are just something I’ve tried before with minor success. Really wanting the rider to throw a ton of dirt towards the camera. We’ve done it a number of time on motorcycles…but I wanted to get a good mountain bike one. Yeah I took a few rocks to the face on that one…
Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.
Light kit: Boling 2 x 300 watt
Lights fired via PocketWizards FlexTT5 and Mini TT1…. held by the always helpful voice activated light stand Kyle D. (Thanks again Kyle)
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Pinkbike is one of the largest (maybe the largest..dont have the stats) mountain bike websites. Stoked I got their photo of the day for today.
After returning from a place like Moab Utah sorting through your images can be a daunting task. Seems for me one day I like a certain few… then the next time I look my eye drifts toward another group of shots. I figured for the sake of my sanity while blogging I would break the trip down by days. So here are some of my current favorite shots from our first day of riding.
Along with me for the ride was my Canon 7D and the Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens. With 100 ounces of water, bike stuff, food and camera gear my Camelbak was …well…HEAVY. Some of the challenges when shooting were trying to eye locations while keeping focused on actually riding and having fun doing it. Mid day sun can be a challenge but in this case I didn’t have much choice in choosing the time of day to shoot.
The trail is Porcupine Rim and it’s a must do if you visit Moab. Oh and pay the $20 for a shuttle ride to the top!
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This week I hit the two year mark since I first started to blog…It’s been an interesting process and I think it has been worth the effort. I will admit that I’m less likely to post smaller updates now that I’m on Twitter (@m5photography) …Twitter is the perfect platform for the small updates. Blogging still has its place and I continue to follow numerous people and their blogs via my RSS reader.
Thought I’d re post my very first post on the site…an interview I did with International Mountain Bike magazine.
If you are a reader of my blog..Thanks! I’ll keep at it if people keep reading.Details