8TB Drives

8TB Drives

It is time to upgrade the NAS drives from 5TB to 8TB drives.    It is amazing how much space digital photographs use.  For $170 you  could buy just a couple of megabytes 40 years ago.  Now, it buys more storage than NASA had 40 years ago.

They arrived today.  Installing new drives is easy today.  You plug them in.  Unlike the past when there were jumpers to worry about, low level formatting, high level formatting and partitioning.

The question is…  Do I keep the 5TB in place and simply expand onto the 8TB drives?

Networking

Our networking meeting was sparsely attended.  I don’t get it.  What is it business owners aren’t getting?

I wrote a book a few years ago.  It find it funny how people think they can do it alone, but when they fail miserably, they blame others.  They don’t read business books and they certainly won’t attend a networking meeting.

Perhaps we all have that stubbornness in us.  It’s called pride.  Oh, well.

Catching Up

I’m slowly catching up.  I spent 5 hours on the phone with Netgear support about my beckwithmansion.com problem.  They found a work around, but the core issue is still a big mystery.  They are kicking it up a tier to see if they have any ideas.

Tomorrow I will call GoDaddy and run a few things past them.  With all my networking experience, this is the strangest thing I have ever encountered.

Autumn Colors

The autumn colors aren’t looking to well this year.  Perhaps it is the warmth, I don’t know.  As a result, I don’t know if you are going to see a many autumn color pictures from me.

 

Drone Pilot

Drone Pilot

Our Finger Lakes Professional Photographers group featured a drone pilot.  This 18 year old young man came and gave an excellent presentation about drones, drone photography and his business.  It was fascinating.

The kid is also a single-engine pilot.  Again, he’s 18, has his own business, is a pilot and drone certified pilot.

The Flight

We went out back and he flew it around the patio of the restaurant.  He then took off across the canal and I could barely see the thing.  He videoed us as he flew in.  (Talk about zooming in!!!)

While these things are noisy, once they get some distance you can’t hear them.  The law limits them to 400′, and for a tiny thing, 400′ seems like a long ways away.

Wings

I ordered the house wings at Abigail’s.  I’ve had their garlic parmesan wings, their honey BBQ wings, and so I thought I’d try their house dressed wings.  I wasn’t impressed.  It was like wing sauces with some cream in it.  I ate it, but the more I ate, the less I liked it.

Next time I am ordering the honey BBQ again.

Items For Sale

I brought my Alien Bee lights I have for sale.  Unfortunately, I also brought them home.

It’s a good deal.

Alien Bee 800 (I have 2 of them) – $200 each.
Alien Bee 800 flash tube – $20.
Paul Buff Alien Bee Ring Light with Moon Unit – $300.

Post-Production

Post-Production

There is a thing we call post-production in my industry.  The job only starts when the shutter button is pressed.  After that comes the real work.

The events of the weekend are still in process.  Post-production after 24 hours of photographing is huge.  I have nearly a thousand images to sort through and process.  It is a lot of work.

In the old days it was off to the lab, or off to the darkroom.  These days it is back to the office, and sitting in front of a computer.  Business clients often want full-resolution images which means hours of uploading files.  A full-resolution image can be up to 54MB in size.

No wonder so many photographers drop out when they discover this is hard work.

Temple Re-Opens

The temple re-opens tonight.  After being closed for a 2 week cleaning, it is back in operation today.

Our shift went smoothly.  This closing was simply a cleaning without any major upgrades.  President says those will come in the fall.

Weather

The temperatures started to come up, and now they say they will drop again.   We’ll see how things go.

One of our tenants commented, “Darn global warming.”

I just laughed.

First Temple Shift 2017

First Temple Shift 2017

Today is our first temple shift for 2017.  For a winter night after a holiday, we had enough work to keep us busy.

Earlier Activities

My earlier activities were centered around painting and getting organized for the start of the year.  This included a fix-it trip to one of my rentals, but for the most part, it was office work.

Administration work is about 80% of any business.  The 20% is the stuff the business does.  By that standard, a full-time professional photographer really only spends about 8 hours behind the camera each week.  The rest of the time is behind a desk, phone or computer, or in meetings with people.

The good news is I’m getting responses regarding people to pose for paintings.  I place the value of a painting well over $1,200, yet it surprises me people who ask, “Can I get paid instead?”

I’ve learned there is one advantage of paying someone to pose.  It is this…

When they are done posing, they get paid and that’s the end.  No more dealing with them.  They can go on their way and I can do whatever I want with the pictures.

I guess if I were successful enough I would pay everyone.

Oh, there’s another advantage…

If a paid model wants a copy of the painting at a later date… guess what?  They pay full price.

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The Little Mermaid

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016!  It’s time to welcome a new year, and with that comes resolutions (goals).  While I’m all for setting goals, I don’t think it necessarily needs to be done on January 1st, but new year is a reminder for us to do better than the previous year(s).

We had a great family reunion in spite of only 3 children and their children attending.  In spite of rescheduling it so my brother’s family could attend, they didn’t attend.  While it could have been a letdown, it wasn’t.  We had a fun time (with the exception of Jennifer breaking her ankle).  As for me, I’m through trying to organize big get togethers.

So, here are mine for 2017:

2017 Goals

  • One Painting a week – at least start on one a week
    • create a directory structure for paintings
  • Submit 4 paintings to IPC
  • Submit 4 photos to IPC
  • Restrict FB to updating business pages only
  • Devote 1 day a month to yard/house projects
  • Drive Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. in 30 days (plus or minus)

Other Goals

I’m sure I’ll add other goals as I think about them.  I need to set goals for my photography mission, as well as goals for exercise and so forth.

 

PPSNYS Board

PPSNYS Board

As a PPSNYS board delegate at large, most of my day was spent attending the PPSNYS Board Meeting.  I looked around the room and thought, “Wow!  Most everyone here is in their late 50s or older.”  What will happen when we retire or die?

I think it is a valid concern.  On-line web sites can’t replace people-to-people interaction, learning and involvement.  If things don’t change, their (X- and Y-Generations) future may be like a bleak sci-fi movie.

I’ve watched some in the under 40 crowd as they’ve attempted this business.  Living at home with mom and dad, or the older ones living with a supporting spouse, they have a passion for photography, but few have the business sense to make money at it.  (There’s a huge difference in getting paid $65 for a gig when you have very few, if any, direct financial obligations.  It’s another story to have to worry about if you’ll have enough to pay the utilities this month.)

The PPSNYS board is well aware of the dilemma we face.

Young Adults in the Church

Young adults in the church are more likely to get involved.  I look at Wolfgang Croskey.  He was one of my Scouts, and as an adult, he owns his own business, and he volunteers on the Chamber of Commerce AND he has a young family AND he’s active with the church.  I don’t know that these types of values are being taught outside the church.  At least I’m not seeing it on the community level.

The Drive Back

The drive back from the meeting was colorful.  The autumn colors are finally starting to come out.

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Autumn Colors 2016

Elizabethe and I spent the evening visiting with the Taylors.  They’ve been out of town caring for their daughter who recently passed away from cancer.  We had a lovely visit with them.

Pouring

Pouring

When it rains, it pours.  Business is pouring today.  The sun is out outside, but inside, I have a lot of business to catch up with.

When I started my own business, I was in the hopes that things would be a steady drone.  Of course they aren’t.  Some days the phone never rings, other days you get calls upon calls.

It was good we have the temple tonight because that forces me to stop when I’m doing and take a break.  Otherwise I might be working until 10pm tonight.

Temple Shift

During our temple shift I had a pleasant surprise.  The Sudweeks from Brentwood, California, came to a sealing session.  The last time I saw Larry Sudweeks was at the Oakland Temple at the clothing counter.  That was about eight years ago.  It turns out they just completed a 20 month mission in Nauvoo!

We talked about their mission, what their children are doing, etc.  Larry told me about his mission and working with the Facilities Management Group in Nauvoo and some of the projects he worked on.  It was a fun visit.

I came home and sent a message to their daughter that I had ran in to her parents at the Palmyra Temple.  It’s sure a small world.

Calibrating

Calibrating

At today’s CSM Photographer’s meeting I trained them about calibrating their monitors.  Not all monitors display equally… but the ones that area calibrated do!  That’s what I did today.  (I also do mentoring as part of my photography by db walton llc business.  Click on the link and it will take you to read more about mentoring.)

I spent the entire morning putting together my power point presentation for the training.  I found it is really difficult to get pictures when you’re calibrating because screen captures don’t really show what’s going on.

After the meeting was over I attempted to take a nap.  Wouldn’t you know it the phone kept ringing.  Ugh.  90 minutes laying there and just as my eyelids were feeling heavy, the phone would ring.

I finally got up and decided I might as well get ready to go to the temple because I wasn’t going to get any rest.  (Next time I’ll turn my phone off so the calls go to voice mail.)

We had a busy, but always wonderful, night at the temple. We managed to get some of our family names done.  We’re working on my Green line.

Philly Temple

I see the Philly Temple is now accepting reservations for the open house.  It calls around the time my girls will be visiting.  I really want to go, but we’ll have to see how we can fit it in.

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Philadelphia Temple

Stake Business

Stake Business

When you come to church and see two members of the stake presidency on the stand, you immediately think stake business.  Are they going to release the bishopric?  Are there other reorganizations going on in the stake?  What will happen?  You think of all the possible stake business as the meeting starts.

In a moment of jest after the bishop took care of some youth recognition he announced he wasn’t being released.  His counselor then commented, “That was the bishop’s Christmas wish that didn’t come true.”

It all turns out there was no stake business and the stake clerk and stake president were our speakers.  The stake president went on to say that he’s been in office for nine years and the bishop has another thing coming to him if he thinks he is getting released before the stake president gets released.  (Both our bishop and stake president have great senses of humor.)

It was a good meeting.  President Clark and Brother Bowman talked.  There was no stake business, just a couple of our leaders sharing their thoughts and testimonies.

President Clark gave an excellent talk about forgiveness.  In a day and age where there are so many social injustices it is was a good talk.  He tied it in to a shooting that took place a while back and how at the sentencing, a family member of one of the victims could only say, “I forgive you.”

The plan today is to reheat the leftovers from yesterday’s day after Christmas dinner.  This was a good plan because I could sure use the nap.  The sisters came for dinner, and we served up the leftovers and it was every bit as good as it was when we had them yesterday.

About the only thing that wasn’t leftover was dessert.  So, I opened a bottle of home canned peaches, and served them with some baklava and yogurt.

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Elimination

Elimination

The process of elimination is something we all do every day.  Some times it is easy.  Some times it is difficult.  This is one of those easy times.

When it comes to contractors working on my home you want to eliminate anyone who is going to leave you hanging.  In this case, the first red-flag was the contractor called me on a Sunday during dinner time.  The second red-flag, the one that got them completely eliminated, was they failed to show for their appointment to give me a quote.

I’m always turned off when someone contacts me to conduct business on a Sunday.  It is one thing to stop me at church and say, “I’d like to talk to you about a family portrait.”  I’m 100% okay with that.  But, it is another thing to call me on the phone on a Sunday to conduct business.

It’s one thing to call me on the phone and say, “I’m sorry, my last appointment took too long and I’m running about 15 minutes late.”  I’m 100% okay with that.  But, to not call at all, and then not return my call when I called to ask where you are is completely rude.  (Unless, of course, you’re laying in a hospital dying.)

Because it is a service and product my go-to contractor doesn’t provide, I’m back to searching for someone who does.  However, through the process of elimination I know one company I won’t be using.