21/07/13 16:45 Filed in: Mac
I needed some extra storage, and I wanted it to be FAST storage. So that means two things for my Mac :
1 - Thunderbolt
2 - SSD
So I got me a Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB and a Crucial M4 960GB SSD. The Buffalo Ministation includes a Thunderbolt cable as well as a USB3 cable, which saves you from buying a pretty expensive Thunderbolt cable from Apple.
I opened up the Buffalo Ministation, which is relatively easy to do, removed the 500GB 5400rpm harddisk and put the Crucial SSD in. Put everything back together again, and I now have a blazing fast external drive.
Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB: 122 euro
Crucial M4 960GB: 530 euro
Combined total: 652 euro for a 1TB external ssd with Thunderbolt.
I don't think this can be done any cheaper at the moment.
20/07/13 16:48 Filed in: Photography | Opinion
Why is it that just about everybody and just about every photo resource and every other place on the Internet where you see photographers, including G+, assumes that if you have a dSLR you must:
a) Be a pro
b) Learning to be a pro
c) Aspire to be a pro
d) Be a wannabee pro
And that if you have something that is more expensive than a entry-level dSLR with a kit lens, these assumptions become stronger and stronger?
Why is it so incomprehensible that there are (a lot of) people out there that enjoy photography, the toys that come with it and aspire to become better at it, without wanting to be a professional and make money out of it?
Why do people keep telling me I should only put the very best of my photos in a portfolio, without even asking why I am putting my photos online in the first place?
Why is it so completely off this world to understand that I don't want to cull 400 photos of a trip I took down to 3 or 4 great shots I can show off to complete strangers when it is a documentary of my memories I want to be able to share with my friends and family?
Why is it that if I want to put snapshots online for myself, my family and my friends, I should not be using my D800 and it is a total waste? Is it not I who gets to decide the price of my toys?
But worst of all, why do people assume that if I don't want to be a pro and I just want to put my all snapshots online I can't possibly want to learn to be the best possible photographer I can be? After all, I am just a poser wannabee with an expensive camera...
Both my photography and post-processing skills have improved dramatically after watching countless videos from +KelbyTraining.com , ThatNikonGuy, +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and weeding through Matt Kloskowski's excellent LR resources @ http://www.lightroomkillertips.com. But I still don't want to be a pro.
Please stop assuming I do!
09/07/13 02:13 Filed in: Travel | Motorcycle
I’m back. For the last two weeks, I have been traveling with friends through the Vosges, French Alps and Tuscany. Lot’s of great things seen, great ridden and lots of fun. Stay tuned for more.
In the mean time, you can preview the photos at my SmugMug
16/05/13 15:14 Filed in: Motorcycle | Travel | K1200S
We went playing in Luxembourg for our annual Ascension Day weekend, and we had a blast. Weather was ok: mostly dry, but a bit chilly. Only really had some rain on the way home. The other times we had some rain, we were having a break and were able to sit inside.
I didn’t do much photography this time. I have been there so many times, it’s like being at home. But I do have one here for you from the hotel we were staying at, down in Kautenbach.
Before the trip, I had to replace my tires. I went with the Bridgestone BT016 Pro front and rear, and I have to say I like these tires. Very grippy, even in the wet, clear feedback and very easy handling. They’re also very cheap - about 100 euro’s cheaper than the S20 for a set.