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Why YOU should print your images

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At the risk of sounding like an antiquated old man (I’m 32), the digital age is a marvelous thing, it allows you to take photos and see them instantly, quickly share them and broaden your audience. It the same vein, it is also a bad thing, attention spans are somewhat limited to a few seconds before happily swiping on. Images you have poured your heart into are rarely given the attention they really need. And this is fine for the most part, not every photo requires your full undivided attention.

BUT, when you have an image you really love, or one that is close to your heart for some reason, don’t let it remain forever on your hard drive or your phone. Get those images printed and up on your wall.

You may remember from an earlier blog post that I had hard drive failure and lost a tonne of photos. I won’t go into it again, you can read the post if you want to know more. But it sucked. Anyway, I’d been wanting to print my images for a long time and this was a major driving force behind getting it done. Check out my video on my thoughts below.



Hard Drive Failure


What’s the worst that can happen to a photographer?

Top of that list has to be hard drive failure. This happened to me, losing around 60% of everything I have shot over the years.

There was no warning, no hints, just one day when I turned on my PC it would not recognise the drive. It was one of those stomach chilling, nausea inducing moments. Rather than panic, I asked a few friends for advice and they took me through some steps to see if the drive could be read. I am not that competent when it comes computers so when I ran out of talent, I took the hard drive to work.

Fortunately they had some pretty decent software that would scan the drive. It took 6 days to find data on the 1TB drive and then a further 2 weeks to recover it. I went through a raft of emotions during this time trying to come to terms with the fact that I might well lose everything. I started to hunt around for a replacement drive and then a back service of some sort. I opted to go for a Western Digital My Cloud service and a Western Digital Passport. This way I can work on the Passport at home or at work and then back up to My Cloud when I am done. The “My Cloud” allows me to access the storage over the internet or through an app which makes life easier when sending last minute things to a client.

Naturally I felt awful at the fact that I had lost so many images. Frustration soon boiled over into anger which then melted away into despair and regret. I had heard this story numerous times before, it even happened to many of friends. I had no idea when I decided to ignore the warning signs. Ultimately my old external drive gave up the ghost. I guess it had been written to and read from too many times over the year.

For now this is the setup I will use, I will however change my Western Digital Passport each year once they have been fully backed up. This way I will have one physical copy and one virtual/physical copy. I would ideally like a third backup just to be safe. I am looking at Amazon Prime Photo, it just has terrible upload speeds at the moment. What backup storage systems do you use?




Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM – Review

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Yes that’s correct. It has been a while since I last did a review. There is a very good reason for this too, instead of doing them on my site, I have been offered the opportunity to reach a bigger audience and do them for Cafetography. An online photography magazine that features lens reviews and tutorials as well as showcasing any photographic news. They work with my preferred place to rent camera gear, Lens Locker. So when Lens Locker asked if I would do a review for them, I jumped at the chance.


Now, I used to own a 70-200mm f/4 L USM which I used on my now sold Canon 50D for motorsport, it seemed to be a match made for someone just starting out. However when I went full frame, the 70-200 became a little too short for me. And because I am not made of money, I started renting lenses from the guys at Lens Locker and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM became my new weapon of choice. Anyway, enough of that here’s the video. Let me know what you think, it is my first one so no doubt I won’t sound a smooth as butter.




Go Fast, Turn Left…

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Let’s talk about discovery for a second. I don’t mean the documentary channel on sky, I mean actually discovery something. My latest discovery is Sideburn Magazine. A magazine that brings you some of the coolest dirt track related news and features from around the world. Their world, a world I previously hadn’t been privy too. They were having a launch party for the upcoming season of Dirt Track Racing. Something which I now have to attend.

Anyway, back to this discovery. It is no secret that I am petrolhead, I love cars specifically and always have. I grew up on RallyCross, Touring Cars and Formula 1, my family had a love affair with fast Fords and I could identify any car down the street on what exhaust pipe it had alone. Motorbikes weren’t really within my remit. You normally fall into the car OR the bike category, rarely both.

What I am try to get across to you is that I had my eyes opened (widely) to a whole other type of racing that I never knew existed. Sure I’d heard of speedway racing but this is different. This seems, and I am sure I will get told off for this, a lot cooler. The bikes are more akin to cafe racers which in my eyes are works of art. This was all new to me. New faces, new machines, new circuits, new rules, new style. I am literally on my first step down this path and I cannot wait to show you more. For now, enjoy some photos from the launch party.


























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This weekend the Girl and I went down to Brighton, I’ve not been since I did the London to Brighton bike ride a few years ago. The weather was kinda crappy but it was cool to have a mooch around somewhere different. I also rented a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM from LensLocker to take for a walk around. Now not all of the photos you will see are taken with the wide zoom but my 50mm f/1.4 USM (I never leave home without it). I still don’t know how well I get a long with zoom lenses, they are cool and they are useful but I often end up just twisting it to the one extreme or the other and leaving it there…kind of makes me just want to use a wide angle prime instead. The 17-40L is pretty cool, it behaves well, no flare and no CA…I don’t know if I love it. It’s one of those lenses that I need rather than want. What wide angle lenses do you use?