Post #364

Tidying up

8th April 2004, early evening | Comments (26)

I’ve spent that last three days trying to sort out and back up my photo collection. It might not sound like a big job, but when you have 50 gigabytes of images, spread out over a four year period, it takes a while to figure out what’s what. I’m expecting to be stuck with the task for at least another two days, and God knows how long the actual DVD burning is going to take…

Anyway, in the process of sorting through everything I’ve stumbled upon a few photos that I thought I’d share. The collection isn’t terribly coherent, but it’s better than nowt. (As always, click the photos to see larger versions.)

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  1. Ethan Marcotte:

    Wow. That's computer wallpaper material, sir. ;)

    Posted 15 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  2. Dunstan:

    See, I told you I was a Killing Machine... maybe next time you'll take my IM karate attacks more seriously.

    Posted 19 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Ethan Marcotte
  3. R7:

    one thing i must say, every image (and maybe even by choice), is somewhat timeless in itself. some images people take, including myself (most of the time) are simply another image to the collection, but there are certain ones that stand out - and each of these are just that, timeless, even if its as mundain as 'A Rhode Island Red' standing infront of a wall :-).

    GL getting your collection completed
    & being my first comment on your blog.
    I love the header of your site it oogled my mind reading up about it :-)


    Posted 23 minutes after the fact
  4. Jim:

    I love the picture in the French Alps. Excellent work.

    I only have about 20GB of pictures. Still, I need to consider some offline, archived, oh dear god what if this hard drive crashes, kind of backup and removable procedure like you have.

    Posted 2 hours, 8 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  5. Chris Vincent:

    I like how you managed to slip your bare back in among images of city scenery and chickens. ;)

    Posted 2 hours, 35 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan, ↓ Margaret
  6. Danny:

    Some real nice photo's there mate - well done :)

    Posted 2 hours, 49 minutes after the fact
  7. Karen:

    Stunning pictures, as usual, Dunstan. I love the pigeon in Paris one (perfectly framed), and the graffiti was quite charming. One time my cousin Paul (who has very long, girlie hair) was kissing his girlfriend in a Parisian alley, when a group of kids came by shouting, "Allo lesbian!"

    Posted 3 hours, 33 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  8. Zelnox:

    The Richmond photo has a Shire feel to it. Hehe. ^_^

    Posted 3 hours, 53 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  9. Phil Baines:

    You like to get your back on here don't you?

    Posted 4 hours, 3 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan, ↓ Margaret
  10. Dunstan:

    Yes, I wish I'd bought a DVD writer much earlier... this has taken days and days and days - a terrilbe waste of time.

    Do it while it's manageable!

    Posted 4 hours, 22 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Jim
  11. Dunstan:

    Ha, that made me laugh, Karen :oD

    Posted 4 hours, 25 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Karen
  12. Dunstan:

    When you have such a wonky face as mine and you want to do self-portraits, you're not left with much to photograph other than other bits of your body... and doing the back means your face is hidden :op

    Posted 4 hours, 27 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Chris Vincent, ↑ Zelnox, ↑ Phil Baines
    Inspired: ↓ Phil Baines, ↓ Margaret
  13. Deb:

    From what I have seen, you have a very pleasant face Dunstan! But your back...Oh my! :o)

    Posted 4 hours, 38 minutes after the fact
  14. Phil Baines:

    Well, D Boy. I can say one thing; I will be starting back at the Gym next week. I have left it slip because of work. But if you can do it, the busy man you are, then I have no excuses.

    Plus it might help me find a nice lass.

    Last time I went I could push 140 pounds on the bench. Considering I only weigh in at 9.5 stone, I dont think that is bad. But I dread to think how weak I might have become over the last few months. We will see. Maybe I will add my record bench press to my site, and update it whenever ;).

    Posted 4 hours, 46 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  15. Margaret:

    obviously dunstan is just a very shy exhibitionist.

    Posted 5 hours, 41 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Chris Vincent, ↑ Phil Baines, ↑ Dunstan
  16. Paul E:

    I'm under some pressure to ask, being a recent-ish convert to the "dog person" world... the charming critter on the left in the picture you've labeled "Crazy Sheep Dogs"--do you know anything about it? My mother-in-law is the proud 'owner' of a "Louisiana Catahoola Leopard Dog" (they're cattle-dogs, originally) that very much resembles your photo.

    Posted 7 hours, 22 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  17. Sian:

    I love those Silkies. Happy Easter everyone!

    Posted 12 hours, 54 minutes after the fact
  18. Marc:

    Any details and advice, in sorting and cataloging such a large collection. Software preference? Methodology? Thanx.

    Posted 16 hours, 2 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  19. Dunstan:

    Paul, I think the dog is a mix between a South African Cattle dog, an Australian Collie, and something else (which I can't recall). It's certainly an amazing working dog -- well, they both are.

    Posted 16 hours, 21 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Paul E
  20. Dunstan:

    Marc, I must admit I don't use any software for sorting the images out - I just use the winXP file system.

    Every time I take some photos they go into a folder marked with the date and a description, eg:

    2004-02-26 light fireworks, poppy and snow

    Then inside I have two more folders:

    /originals/ -- contains the original JPEG files
    /altered/ -- contains TIFs I've played with

    I then dump any JPEG images I produce into the root of the folder in question so I can see them at a glance when I open it up.

    It's not ideal, it's not searchable, and it's not terribly usable for anyone other than myself, but it is free, and it doesn't tie me down to any one bit of software or platform.

    Maybe when I move to the Mac I'll use whatever there is on that system (iPhoto is it?), but for now I manage pretty well with just being organised by date.

    Posted 16 hours, 29 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Marc
  21. Chris:

    "Maybe when I move to the Mac" - shouldn't that read "Maybe *IF* I move to the Mac"?

    I'd recommend Photoshop Album (or whatever it's called). It allows you to add text for each photo, like keywords, I believe. Then you can easily search for things.

    Posted 1 day, 6 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  22. Dunstan:

    No Chris, it's 'when' - my new mac is sitting at a friend's house, just waiting to be picked up when I visit him in two weeks!

    17in G4 Powerbook with 1.5GB of RAM.... Mmmmmm.... powerbook...

    And thanks for the software tip - I see if you right-click on an image you can add all your own information, but I don't know how to search that without software, like the one you mention.

    Posted 1 day, 16 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Chris
  23. Mark:

    I can see why you are using DVD's to back up your photos, it's a secure portable media. As a general geeky-backing-up-type-comment though I have found the easiest way to back up my data is to create a seperate partition for my data and then use Norton Ghost to create an image of the partition, saved to a seperate hard disk. Quite easy once you get used to it, it takes me about 15 minutes to back up 25GB of data.

    Oh yeah, I love the photos.

    Posted 3 days, 4 hours after the fact
  24. Marc:

    Welcome to the Mac. But forget the right click. Nice set up, you'll enjoy (and make the rest of us jealous).

    Don't over look other software probably bundled with 17 inch PowerBook - "Graphic Converter". Some consider better option that iPhoto for sorting/browsing photos.

    -ps- Explain "hug the cookie monster".

    Posted 4 days, 3 hours after the fact
  25. Amanda:

    I don't know how I stumbled across your site, but I'm here and just loving your photography.
    These at the top, plus one of your nephew on a grungey paint peeling yellowy background and the spanish girl..sigh
    Your site is very pretty too. :)

    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  26. Dunstan:

    Thanks Amanda :o)

    I like this photo of yours:

    Great eyes.

    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Amanda

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