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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Moving Fast And Going Slow

Technology lets us go through life at breakneck speed, but not always in the correct direction

My digital armada has changed many aspects of my photography and especially my digital office. The digital has saved me money and time in getting a photo from concept to finished picture. Digital also has allowed me to quickly and accurately shoot complex lighting setups, but my photographic style and eye for a photo has remained consistent. I now have what will be an ever-evolving fast digital system. And I admit, I’m addicted to the thrill of reviewing the day’s images on the laptop while sitting in the camp tent.

This photo was shot using equipment that wasn’t around 10 years ago to produce a photo that wouldn’t have been possible to shoot under the same conditions had I been using the best equipment available in 1997. As the sun passed in and out of the clouds, I shot this with a Nikon D200 and an 80-400mm VR lens attached to a Gitzo monopod braced against a tree. The exposure is one sec. at ƒ/18, with a white balance of 5300K, and the location is on the Kananaskis River in Alberta, Canada.

This is my current road warrior computer setup:

2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2 GB of RAM
Flash Cards: Lexar 8 GB UDMA 300x, SanDisk 8 GB Extreme IV
Card Reader: Lexar FireWire 800
Portable External Hard Drives: LaCie Little Big Disk Triple Interface (7200 rpm, 200 GB fanless), G-Technology G-RAID Mini (160 GB)
Photo Software For Editing And Browsing: Photo Mechanic
Postproduction And Archiving Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Pocket GPS: Garmin eTrex Vista C
Cell Phone: I’ve promised myself I’ll wait at least six months before I buy the iPhone.



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