Camera Standoff over Year 7

Photo-A-Day #2184

All is not well in my camera bag. Sure it is a wonderful and functional Lowepro Fastpack 250 (Black). But, with all the cameras and camera equipment I’ve been carrying around for the past month space has gotten tight. Things all came to a head when I decided not to take my camera bag with me to work today. I guess without me around to regulate the aggression of these shooters well, they took to their tripods and decided to settle things once and for all.

When I came upon this scene already the Kodak PlaySport was down and his Eye-Fi SDHC Wireless Flash Memory Card was spilled out onto the table like my lunch upon the floor when I saw the carnage. Before I could react my Nikon D80 blasted the poor Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera was face down upon his shattered Wide Angle Lens. Things were completely out of hand and it was down to the Nikon and the two Kodak point and shoots.

A vicious volley of flashes erupted from the Kodak cameras trying to take down the behemoth Nikon and its Sigma 18-250mm HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras stood upon their Joby GP3 Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod for Digital SLR Cameras laughing with derisive delight.

Could anything stop this nightmare. I pulled myself together after my initial shock. What could have caused this animosity to boil over into such digital violence. As my Kodak EasyShare M580 and my Kodak EasyShare Z950 prepared to fire off a few more rounds I screamed. “Guys! What has gotten into you!”

Slowly their lenses turned away from each other and toward me. It was the Nikon that spoke up.

“We’re done! We’re sick of being used day in and day out year after year with no break whatsoever. You’ve been at this for nearly six straight years. You use us until we are scrap. We haven’t seen nor heard from the Canon SD800is in months. I hear you sold the Sanyo Xacti EC1. And what about C4? Do you even remember C4? Do You!”

I thought back, yes I recalled my Sanyo Xacti C4. I mean he got me through years of daily photos. Day in and day out without complaint that camera was a workhorse. Whether I was risking his life on open water or filming fun videos on dry land. He traveled with me to at least 40 states and Canada. And one day his screen went blank. I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of him so he lies buried in a box where someday he’s be dissected. Yes, that is the fate of each of these cameras, to serve their purpose and to be tossed aside. I stood there and wept for my fallen Sanyo.

“What am I supposed to do,” I asked. “People love my Photo-A-Day project.”

“Do they, do they really?” scoffed the PlayTouch as it rolled over and spit out some shards of glass. Do people even care that you’ve pushed us to our limits for nearly six straight years?”

“Yeah! How many comments have you gotten?” said the Kodak Z950. “I did a marathon month of shots and barely heard a peep. We’d rather end it all than put up with this abuse.”

“How can you keep doing this to us, to yourself? Why?” cried the Nikon D80. “Come April 9th you have to make a decision. You have to give it up or I swear we will end it in our own way…”

What am I to do? Should I go for a Photo-A-Day Year Seven or hang it up?

What is Drew Shooting with?
Model: Canon SD600
ISO: n/a
Exposure: 1/3 sec
Aperture: 2.8
Focal Length: 5.8mm
Flash Used: No

This is my own personal DSLR camera that I bought half of. My mother-In-Law bought the other half as an investment of great photos of her grandchildren. With over 26,000 photos of Eva and counting, I’d say she got great ROI on the investment. The opinions about them are 100% mine.

How Does Drew Protect His Photos?
Model: GoFlex™ Ultra-portable Drive
Interface USB 2.0 or 3.0
Capacity: 320GB – 1.5TB
Automatic Backup Software:PC & Mac:
Weight (typical): 150g (.33 lb)
Software: Pre–loaded backup software with encryption

Disclosure: I received a number of Seagate devices including the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive, GoFlex Home, GoFlex TV and GoFlex Net. I’ll be talking about these devices in the coming months. The opinions about the devices are 100% mine.

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10 thoughts on “Camera Standoff over Year 7”

  1. I can’t imagine you giving up on your photos every day… I look forward to my daily emails and I strive to make 6 years like you are about to… Heck, I’m only just now coming up on my first year, and without your inspiration, I would never have made it this far… (and wanted to buy so many new toys!)

    1. Keri,

      thank you. This certainly was a tongue in cheek sort of April Fools joke but at the heart it is something that I enjoy doing and love feedback from great people like you who have been working on this sort of project as well.

  2. What would you tell the Drew 6 years ago if he asked about starting a POD project? Worthwhile idea? Waste of time? Learning experience? Did you take more photos you’re glad to have as a result? Or do you have photos just taking up space in the hard drive?

    1. Andrea,

      I don’t know what I would have told myself back them except for organization is key. I would have kept my raw files and made them easy to access and upload as new sites like ShutterCal became available. I would have made sure to back up my Utterli account before it closed down. so much was lost. I did get many photos that I would not have if I hadn’t been doing a photo a day for so long. Yes there are photos that are taking up space but they are mostly all over the place. Who knows. I’ve certainly learned a lot but I don’t feel like I pushed hard enough to really become awesome at photography. Maybe that is the goal of Year 7.

  3. Haha. I love the story Drew, but really hoped it’s an april fools joke! I’d be strange to think BenSpark isn’t doing a daily photo.

    I have a firm hypothesis about comment #’s… It’s something I’ve been studying deeply as I develop the advanced stats platform for SC membership. In 13,000 users, almost all comment given/received rations are 1:1 or better for those who aren’t silent. – most always tied to the receivers own contribution & activity.

    Having a higher # of comments than photos uploaded is the holy grail for thriving, useful, helpful community, and people who give more comments than # of photos they’ve upload are the life blood without a doubt. – communities would fail without them. Moreover, those super contributors always receive the highest # of comments in return. Even more than they gave.

    You offer a lot to the online world Drew – and social contribution is hard to measure. I suck at promoting… I wish it could all be word of mouth… but I certainly know how frustrating it can be when you put something out into the world and the view/response #’s are drastically lower than you hoped for.

    You know me a bit from our talks. I’m definitely not perfect at anything social. (in the beginning I was even frustrated “people wouldn’t just do & react as I want”) I fail often… but through trial and error, I’ve seriously found that people start to love and support you(r efforts) most when you stop caring about yourself and your numbers, and just open your heart to helping them and including them any way you can. I’ve realized I was so busy trying to shake as many hands as possible, most of the connections aren’t really registering. In an interactive world It’s not about “pressing the flesh” (as politicians call it.) It’s about looking each other in the eye when we speak.

    I breeze through your marketing stuff – I connect strongest to your parenting skills. Every time I hear you focus in depth on being a father, or see you taking care of your family I feel like reading every word, and watching every video. I feel like your advice and examples on that are top notch and infinite.

    Just keep doing your thing man, seriously. That’s when you shine. Don’t worry about the numbers – just offer useful info and a helpful hand and #’s will go up naturally. Give me a call some time Drew. I could really use a convo about this stuff just peer to peer – I’m trying to make sense of it all myself.

    1. Scott,

      Thanks for the amazing comment. Definitely one that shows a person who has been reading and lurking around here for a long time. I appreciated this very much. We’ll talk sometime soon, sure. I’ve got to build in more time to visit and explore what other people are doing. Glad you like the parenting stuff, are you listening to Geek Dads Weekly? We touch on parenting once in a while.

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