Day #578

Day #578 Title: Auf Wiedersehen Dirk & Cotta
Location: De Hems, London
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: I was supposed to have a [email protected] with Dirk & Cotta a few months ago. We even bought tickets to go and see a game of rugby, but we had to cancel at the last minute due to illness. And the weeks ticked by. As often happens, you think you will put things off and do them soon. Then Dirk got offered a job in San Francisco and would be leaving London, and we realised that we had pretty much run out of time to see each other properly. So this will have to do for my [email protected] with them – at their London leaving drinks this evening. We did get to chat for a while, along with them having to see loads of other people who had turned up to wish them luck. You’ll be missed, guys, please keep in touch! So I guess the moral of the story is: Carpe Diem – Sieze The Day.
One Year Ago: Day #213

Day #577

Day #577 Title: Soft Pink
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: I was at a bit of a loss as to what to photograph today. I went into town for a meeting this morning but didn’t feel very inspired by anything I saw there. And I knew I wanted to get something in the can while the sun was shining. So in the end, I went with a tried and tested method and wandered around the garden until something took my fancy. Straight out of the camera this looked quite soft anyway, so I thought I would give it a more pronounced Orton treatment.
One Year Ago: Day #212

Day #574

Day #574 Title: The March Of Progress
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8
Notes: This week’s 52 Themes 2009 topic is Technology. I have been struggling with it a little all week. Then yesterday I was backing up my recent photos from the Laptop to an external drive when I got the dreaded message “Disk full”. I had been expecting it for a while, so resolved to hot foot it into town this morning to buy a new high capacity drive. I came away with a rather nice shiny Seagate 1.5Tb box. Yes, that’s 1,500Gb or 1,500,000Mb. That set me thinking how storage media have changed over the past 10 years or so, and I dug around a few hidey holes in my cupboards to retrieve these bits and pieces. In order of capacity we have:

  • 1.44Mb 3.5″ floppy drive (under the MD)
  • 100Mb Iomega ZIP 100 removable floppy drive (second from bottom)
  • 160Mb MiniDisc (under the CompactFlash)
  • 700Mb CD-R (on top of DVD-R)
  • 1Gb CompactFlash (top of stack)
  • 4Gb USB stick (top RHS)
  • 4.7Gb DVD-R (on top of Iomega drive)
  • 80Gb external hard drive (on top of CD/DVDs)
  • 1.5Tb external hard drive (bottom of stack)

How times have changed. I am just sorry I couldn’t lay my hands on a 5.25″ floppy drive as well!
One Year Ago: Day #209

Day #573

Day #573 Title: Percy The Peacock
Location: Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 50mm EF f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube
Notes: With an early start today, I did another photowalk with the Chelmsford Flickr Photowalk group, covering 6 miles in all. We are continuing the Centenary Circle route and this time it was the 5 miles from Galleywood to Writtle, which took us for a long walk through Hylands Park. There were hundreds of butterflies to be seen, and we all did our best to capture them with our cameras. This butterfly is a lovely Peacock, and just sat still for two quick shots for me. The other one wasn’t properly in focus as the extension tubes meant limited Depth of Field. So, catch them while you can!
One Year Ago: Day #208

Day #572

Day #572 Title: Summer Grasses
Location: Downham, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: I enjoyed a long walk around Hanningfield Nature reserve this afternoon, and explored a couple of other local woods as well. I covered 7 miles in all. This shot was near Downham, south of the Reservior. I liked the grasses waving gently in the breeze. The sky looked threatening, but it never amounted to much, and unlike yesterday, I stayed dry all day.
One Year Ago: Day #207