With the explosion of work I’ve had lately it turns out that storage becomes a problem very quickly when you’re gobbling through 4 and 8 gigabyte cards at a time. And not only is capacity an issue, I now have to plan for long-term storage and reliability.
As you can see, I’ve been living on the edge for a while now. The set up is no longer fit for purpose and aside from ordering some new parts I’ve been scratching my head about how to move 300GB of files to their new home. Part of that process is figuring out if there is anything you can delete.
Anyway, I just so happened to stumble across a stray folder in an old backup that contained a handful of photographs from my trip to Australia years ago. I thought I’d lost the lot! Suffice to say, the plan to get organised went out of the window and I sat clicking through the photos one at a time as the memories came flooding back. The photo above is from Phillip Island which is home to a particular variety of penguin. Yes, penguins in Australia. I even remember exactly where I was stood when I took the photo, and with the magic of Google Maps I can show you too.
I distinctly remember being told “no photography”, in particular flash photography, as it could damage the eyes of the penguins. I took their word for it, but I suspect they made healthy sales of official pictures from the visitors centre. If you Google “phillip island penguins” you can see what they look like.
I also humoured myself a little looking back through my pictures, as this was WAY before I started taking photography seriously. It’s strange looking back at your own photos with a critical eye (I can’t help it) and thinking to yourself what you’d do differently. I shot the whole trip on an Olympus point and shoot set to “Automatic”. I thought I’d include one of my wonky snaps below. Hey, we all start somewhere.
Those were the days.
Oh well, back to ironing my shirts for next week and clearing out the fridge…