In Salzburg, Austria and other places on our recent cruise we came upon “Lock Bridges”. Couples place engraved locks on the bridges and throw away the key into the river. Last night I observed locks on McBean Pkwy’s bridge over I-5. I have seen the locks on the bridge but did not think much of it until last night walking home from the Valencia Marketplace concert. Where do the couples throw the key?
On our recent Viking River Cruise I lugged around a Canon 50d with a 100-400L lens on a monopod. People wondered if I would get a back and neck ache. No I did not. Here are images I took with that camera setup. Notice telephoto lenses compress background with subject matter. For many of the indoor photos I used a slow shutter speed, as slow as `1/25 sec. That violates a basic photo rule of matching shutter speed to lens focal length. Enjoy.
I now have a Zenfolio.com button on the homepage of my www.1stimage.com website. You will find galleries of our travels with current images of the Eastern Sierras, last fall and last month, Yosemite, our Alaska tour & cruise last August and I will post images of our European River Cruise the next two weeks. Images are available for purchase.
We just spent a few days in Yosemite. I wanted to see and photograph the waterfalls which are abundant with water. Much of Yosemite’s meadows are flooded with water. Here are a few sample photos. I wanted to get to Vernal Falls via Mist Trail but people were coming off the steps soaking wet. I did not want to expose my pro camera gear to the “rain”. I did not take the alternate route.
There are many minor falls created by this years heavy rain and snow events.
Thursday I was at the Apple store for some issues I was having with my computers.
While I was waiting a lady was conversing with Apple employee and the store manager on duty regarding an issue with her I-Phone. She was telling the staff her problems, that she runs a business, no one can call her and she has lots of photos on the phone. She says it took her 36 hours to backup files from the phone.
The manager was telling her the procedure for solving her problem, which included cleaning out her phone and that her files were in Apple’s Cloud. He told her it would take about 15-20 minutes to restore files to her phone. I am overhearing this conversation for about 45 minutes.
She was fearing losing her images. Well if she backed up her files, she should have the images and files on the device she used for the back up. She wasn’t buying anything the manager was telling her. I left after I dealt with my issues and she was still there.
Bottom line to all this is why keep so many images on your phone? I can see family, friends and interesting photos, but 100’s to 1000’s? I only take photos I want to post immediately on social media, then I throw them away because I probably photographed the same image with my pro camera in RAW format.
Finally, back up your cell phone files and images. These devices are fallible and will break down. Also edit images. Get rid of bad photos. You don’t need to keep every image you take. Remember the photo images take up a lot of your smart device’s memory and storage.
I ultimately save my images on CD/DVD’s.
Last Saturday I showed up at Sylmar HS to referee a boys volleyball tournament. Though we officials were told uniforms were optional I decided to show up in uniform. I am a contributing photographer to REFEREE MAGAZINE, since 1982, with 20 covers to credit. Thinking some officials would wear uniforms, none did. I brought camera for the benefit of REFEREE. There was a photographer for Sylmar HS at the tournament. Since I was the only official in uniform I asked this photographer if he would photograph me with my camera. He did. Attached are some images which were submitted to REFEREE MAGAZINE. I am also umpiring baseball at Hart Pony League (I have been rained out 5x this season) and returned to high school baseball after 8 year absence.