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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Digital Nature Photography

August 6th, 2008 · 7 Comments

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Digital photography of nature is becoming a more serious hobby all the time.

Today I installed a one terabyte secondary hard disk in my main desktop computer just for my photographs. The hard disk that came with my Mac desktop is only 160 gigabytes and is getting awkwardly full. My PC and my Mac laptop have even smaller hard disks.

A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes of data. While that number is beyond my comprehension, I know it will fill up fast.

I also had to install a one terabyte external hard disk for backup last week. I really can’t afford to lose my photographs!

Each of the photos that I keep are taking 10 times the space that they used to take before I started shooting in the uncompressed RAW format. My Panasonic Lumix camera has always been able to use RAW, but I couldn’t take advantage of it when I used the basic photo application that came with my Macs, iPhoto.

But a few weeks ago I bought a professional digital photo program called Aperture 2. It does almost everything that Adobe Photoshop does, but is easier to learn.

While I can save my photos in either RAW or JPG format, I can process them a lot more when I store them in RAW. That takes not only more disk space but also time — and is worth it.

Photographing the beauties of nature are what get me out to exercise as much as anything. It inspires me, and I am trying to inspire others to get back to nature and exercise at the same time.

Here are some more photos that I found of my backpacking trip to Devils Thumb Pass earlier this week. I like them too much not to share.

Erica on a Big Bench in the Betasso Preserve

Looking Down from Devils Thumb Pass

Red Clover as I Entered the Wilderness on Tuesday

Red Clover as I Entered the Wilderness on Tuesday

Colorado Tansy-Aster after the Rain on Wednesday

Colorado Tansy-Aster after the Rain on Wednesday

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  • 1 Mark Stull // Aug 26, 2008 at 2:36 am

    HI, I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 and came across your web site via Gretchen Beckers book. I’m glad that I did. Thank you for your time and effort. I also enjoy hiking and have a love for photgraphy that I keep organized an my Mac with the help of Aperture 2. Great program! However like you say all this means more storage space! I love your pics, amazing how the small things along the trails provide so much beauty! Stay healthy and keep the photos coming.

  • 2 admin // Aug 26, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Dear Mark,

    Thanks for writing. Your comment is the first on my new “Fitness and Photography for Fun” blog. In fact, I didn’t even know until I got your comment that my programmer had it linked it and made it visible.

    So far, only a few of my posts are online, but I’ve turned over about 150 of them to my programmer. And I continue to write new ones as I do indeed keep hiking and doing everything I can to keep fit.

    It does sound like you and I have a lot in common. I’m particularly interested our Aperture 2 connection. I’m still learning about that great program, although I haven’t yet taken enough time to study all the tutorials (exercise and writing, the things I prefer to do most, seem to take up almost all of my time). I do know that Aperture 2 has made my photography better and want to learn more.

    Can we stay in touch? Please write me at mendosa@mendosa.com with your phone number so I can call. Or call me at (303) 499-5544.

    Best regards,

    David

  • 3 Larry Gardner // Sep 3, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Do you ever see Lady’s Slippers up there? I would love to see some pics of any. I’m down here in Alamogordo, NM. I was born in Indiana and found a secret place were many Lady’s Slippers bloomed every spring. PS So, who are your Mayflower ancestors?

  • 4 admin // Sep 3, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Dear Larry,

    I’m not sure, but I think that Lady’s Slippers and Fairy Slippers are two names for the same beautiful orchid. While they aren’t common here, I have found some beautiful ones. In fact, I found hundreds one day in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. My report on my trip to the Beaver Trail there on June 17 will be online soon.

    My Mayflower ancestors are John Alden and Patricia Mullins. You know, of “Speak for yourself, John” fame.

    Best regards,

    David

  • 5 Harold Delk // Oct 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    David,
    Found out today about your new blog on Photography and Fitness and have just started looking it over. I’ve read a good deal of your info in the past since being diagnosed as Type 2 about a year ago (found you through Gretchen of course). You have given me so much information and inspiration this past year that has helped me control my diabetes (and myself). I thank you for being there and sharing.
    Strangely, I’ve just recently gotten back into photography and even bought a dSLR to carry with me as I meander around my home area near Roanoke, VA. I’ll be doing more short hikes soon on the trails near here (its beautiful country here) and keeping up with your blog as well. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll share some of my info on software and camera in a later post if you would like.
    Harold Delk
    Roanoke, VA

  • 6 David Mendosa // Oct 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Dear Harold,

    Thank you! I would love to get your info on software and cameras. The software that I am using now is the Mac program called Aperture 2. I have a Panasonic Lumix camera, but intend to buy the Canon 5D Mark II as soon as it becomes available.

    Best regards,

    David

  • 7 Hevan // Oct 7, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Appreciate pix and tips for folks with very limited mobility.

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