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.