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Fall Walk with an Angel

Yesterday Riley and I got out for a walk. I ended up taking a lot of pictures. I think this has to be just about my favorite. I desperately try to hoard little slices of time to be able to take out on a rainy day. Pictures will never do the memories justice but it doesn't stop my from trying. 

#trueportraits : +True Portraits curated by +Ray Bilcliff
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Beautiful!!!!
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Thanks +Darcee McCutcheon I have not been on G+ in weeks (maybe months). Finding shooting time has been really difficult as of late so thankfully the challenge is from the Archive. 

I'm gonna invite +jerry king  to play along. I know he has some good images in the archive. This picture is a portrait if my son JC taken this summer. All earlier versions were in Color (as it really is nice like that as well) but i just converted it a few weeks ago to do a set of four B&W 16x20's of all four kids. They came out great.

Day 1 Round 1

#fivedayblackandwhitechallenge  

The Rules

1.  post a black and white version of an archive image, or a new one, daily for 5 days
2.  tag the person from whom you received the invitation
3.  invite a new victim nominee to join in on each new day
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Thanks for joining, +Ed Dombrowski .  I always enjoy your portraits and photos.
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I Wish I Could Go!
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Hard Drive Fail - Crashplan/Code42 Success

Usually we only write our experiences on the Internet when we have a crappy experience with a company. I wanted to share a great experience i have had over the last couple of days with Crashplan. They saved my photographs!

What's your personal data back up plan? You have one right? If you don't are you prepared to lose all of your photos if (more like when) your hard drive crashes or you drop your phone in the toilet? A couple of years ago i signed up for Crashplan from Code42. I had tried some other providers but they all had restrictions. The uploads got throttled when you hit a certain amount (even though the plans were "Unlimited") or they would not back up external hard drives etc. Crashplan had no such restrictions and they were $5 a month for unlimited storage. You download some software, set up your backup and away you go. The first back up can take days, weeks, or months depending on how much data you have but once it is up in thier cloud storage, anytime you add new data to your local hard drive it adds it to the cloud archive immediately. Currently I have about 1 Terabyte on Crashplan. This is almost entirely photos and videos. 

Well, yesterday I woke up to a dead external drive that housed my primary data set for (Photos and videos) for my Adobe Lightroom catalog. This data represents 14 years worth of pictures which includes all my irreplaceable family pictures and paid work. My back up plan is as follows. I keep all my photos on an external drive under a single directory structure. I then back that up to a second external drive which is a mirror archive of the primary drive. In addition I back all of this up to the Crashplan infrastructure so I have off site copies. While the hard drive failure is a pain, it certainly is not (and should not be) a surpirse. Anything that spins at 5400 RPM for 2-3 years is bound to fail. One day we will all have affordable SSD drives with no moving parts but they will still be subject to errors and electrical spikes etc. Anyhow, I managed the backups using the Crashplan software. It checks for changes every 15 minutes and keeps both the second hard drive and the cloud data set up to date. Of course I was concerned with the failure but had confidence in the plan I had in place. 

So now the fun starts. I go out and buy a new primary drive and go to restore the data set from the secondary drive. Uh, Oh! All the data appears to be on the second drive but it is not giving me the option of that drive as a restore point in the Crashplan software. I know I still have all the data in the cloud at Crashplan but it would literally take 14 days to download a TB worth of images. To restore from a local hard drive would take 10-12 hours. Crashplan does have the option to mail you an external hard drive with all your data if you need them to, but it is money I would rather not spend if I don't have to. So....I look up the support page and read through all the help documents. Nothing seems to help. The only option I have left is to call Crashplan support. In the current environment of "offshore" support I was not expecting a good experience. I pick up the phone at 5:15 EST on a Sunday. Within two minutes I am talking to a live human being and they appear to be US based. I explain my problem and she immediately sends me to Tier 2 support. I work in a service provider environment so I was pleased that the rep knew this was above her level of support and immediately sent me to a software expert. Less than 2-3 minutes go by and the phone is picked up by Tim P. He listened to my problem, logged into my account to see how it was set up and then asked to take remote control of my PC. I gave him permission and he went to work. He decided it seemed like an error in the back up data base cache files. He deleted all the old cache files and told me to let it resynchronize. I knew that would take all night so he told me he would send me an email with his contact info and a ticket number. Let it sync and then see if the data was available as a restore point. This morning I woke up to the data being correctly synced and the second external hard drive being available as a restore archive. Estimated time to restore 10 hours. Way better than the two weeks to download (though it is priceless to know that is still an option if i need it!).

The long and short of it is this, if you don't have a back up plan you should. If your data doesn't exist in at least three places (with physical diversity) it doesn't exist. For the $5 a month I pay to Crashplan I honestly was not expecting much in terms of live support. I can say the support I recieved far exceeded my expectations. It's not often we write about good experiences with service providers, but I cant put a price on how valuable this data is to me (14 years of photography), and how well Crashplan and Code42 responded to my needs. If you lost all of your family photos going back to your first digital camera in 2000 how much would you be willing to pay to retrieve them? For me it would be a lot. The good news is it looks like I don't have to worry about that. I now have a fully restored data set on a  new primary hard drive. I am upgrading my back up drive to accomodate more capacity and all the while I know I have an offsite data set if things happen to go really badly. Well done Crashplan. I can't thank you enough for the service you provide. Well worth the small amount it costs for the peace of mind you provide!

#drivefail   #Code42   #Crashplan     #whatsyourstory  
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Fishing Emerald Isle NC

I have a few different versions of this picture over the years. My son is really good with a casting net. I think i bought this net six or seven years ago for $30. I can't even imagine how many times it has been thrown. JC can throw it for days on end, always with anticipation of treasures pulled from the sea. He never gets tired of it. I never really get tired of taking this picture.

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My daddy showed me how to cast a net when I was kust 5yrs old... Im still trying to learn...
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Jared and Anna

This fall season I have not been doing paid portrait sessions. With my wife back to work and all the kids it has been really difficult to schedule. I have turned down a number of sessions but when my friends Jared and Anna asked me to do their engagement pictures i figuered why not? It was beautiful here in Atlanta on Sunday. We got out and made a bunch of pictures. Here is one of my favorites in B&W.

#portraittuesday : +PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc +Tana Teel
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Beautiful image, +Ed Dombrowski .  Glad to see you again.
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Look Up

At the Georgia Aquarium
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The Makings of a Canon Ball - Last of the summer fun at Lake Lanier

#close2home : +Close2Home curated by +José Juan Escudero +Rebecca Johnson +Howard Weitzel +Shaun Stewart +Pia Raben +David Pond +Brett Sivits +john adams
#actionmonday : +ActionMonday curated by +Adrian Buturca
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau
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Very fun :)
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GM Firebird 1

High Museum of Art - Dream Cars Show

Great show if you are in the Atlanta area. I think it runs sometime into September.

#fourwheeledfriday : +Four Wheeled Friday curated by +* +Baba Schmitz +Rob Hallifax +Kimberly Tweed +Akhil Kalsh +Eric Hege +StPaul Herrmann
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Cornering would be interesting :P
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Morning Shadows

Walking down the stairs on the way to work this pattern just caught my eye. 

#mobilephotography  #LGG3

#stairsthursday : +Stairs Thursday curated by +Véronica Riboulot
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Incredible vision, +Ed Dombrowski .  
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Art?

Bella at the #highmuseumofatlanta  trying to decide if Jim Water's Splendor installation is art.... I quite liked it. 
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A yes, young people can see right through those "emperor's new clothes". But then, art is in the eye of the beholder. A well done photo - and that is art!
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Husband, Father, Photographer and Sometimes Fisherman
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I guess this is where I am supposed to say that I got my first camera before I was out of diapers and that I  have always been fascinated with photography and now it is my "passion" you know the drill......

That was not me. I was the guy that used to go fishing all the time and take crappy photos of the rivers with my point and shoot. I would post them on facebook and people would like them. Being similar to Pavlov's dog the more people liked the more I would post. Eventually I found my self spending more time taking pictures than I did fishing. I started focusing my efforts on photography and have found it to be an infinitely rewarding pursuit, especially when you consider I have the rhythm of a middle aged white man and I can't sing a note....  

Most of my early efforts avoided people like they were the plague. In fact I was so afraid of taking people pictures that I saw it as a "flaw" and decided to take a people photography class. A photographer named David Knox taught me the basics and my photography has never been the same. I concentrate about 90% of my photography on capturing people as they really are. I did a fair amount of Lifestyle Family and Children's portraits in the Metro Atlanta area for a while, but now keep photography just as a hobby and not as a way to make money (accompanied by the pressure that comes with that). I strive to get real emotion and expression in my pictures. Great people pictures are about making a connection. 
 
I have pretty much abandoned Flickr and Twitter focusing solely on G+ and more personal family photos etc on Facebook. 
 
I would like to develop some photography circles here on G+ to give and receive meaningful feedback on photographs and photography in general. If you are of similar mindset please add me to your circles and i will do likewise. I would welcome the opportunity to see and discuss your work!

What circles would you put me in?
  • Photography -General or  People and Portraiture
  • Motorsports discussion especially F1 and MotoGP
  • UFC and MMA discussion
  • Technology
  • Fly Fishing
  • Telecommunications/Mobility


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When Cherries are in season I can eat a couple of pounds of them a day. Think Witches of Eastwick.....
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