Over the past few weeks I have been culling my photo database. Starting with my the first images in 2004 when I switched from analog, I’ve been looking at every single one. I’m up to 2011 so far.
As I look at each one, I’m looking for:
– Technical quality – is it in focus, is it exposed properly, etc.
– Duplication – Is it a duplicate? If so, is it the best of the rest?
– Uniqueness – Is the image of an event that can’t be repeated? Will I have the chance to observe it again?
– Sentiment – Does the image have some sort of sentimental value? Oftentimes, this and the previous step are the same.
It can be quite tedious.
I was never shy with the shutter button when I was shooting film. That hasn’t changed since I moved to digital, but I know that I do shoot more. Rarely did I have a 4-roll day with film, but I can easily shoot 200 images in a session.
But they all aren’t keepers.
I haven’t kept track exactly on numbers, but I know that I’ve regained ~120GB of hard drive space. That’s at a time when I was needing to get at least one new hard drive for storage. In this case, it’s almost “free money”.
And I’ve already started using the process for the new shoots. During the session that included last Friday’s image, I shot 58 frames. I applied those same four steps to the session and now have 10 frames to pick from.
Especially when it comes to landscape, the “duplicate” step is the deciding factor. I can click back and forth between two images dozens of times to see the minor differences. Sometimes it’s a matter of flipping the coin.
Anyway, what in the world does all of this have to do with the title?
Bear with me. It does.
I wanted to post a slightly different angle of Mount McLoughlin, one from a real winter. The last one we’ve had in this area was two years ago. That’s when the mountain lakes froze hard enough that folks could go out and fish, ski, snowmobile, etc.
So I jumped forward to 2013 and went for images of Mount McLoughlin, viewed from the frozen surface of Lake of the Woods and worked one to post here. Then I realized that today would be the seventh anniversary of Skinny’s Gotcha Day. Although in reality, it’s our Gotcha Day.
For those of you not familiar, when adopting a greyhound there is a house visit. The visit is to make sure that the potential adopters have a suitable house and enclosed yard, plus watch the interaction with the greyhounds, the adopters and their families, both human and animal. For such a home visit, a few greyhounds are brought along. They are happy, social animals.
We had our eye on a specific greyhound that we had met a couple of times. The adoption volunteers brought him, along with a couple of other greyhounds, including Skinny. Skinny wasn’t on the list to be adopted. Instead he was being reintroduced to the home-visit process and new people after he had been returned to the adoption agency. He didn’t mesh well with his previous adopted family and had, as we learned, a “pupitude”.
Full on attitude.
So the group enters the house. The grey that we had our eye on and the others shyly enter and sniff around, staying close to the volunteers. Not Skinny. He immediately explores the whole house, then flops down in the middle of the living room floor.
He announced he was home.
And he was.
Never, not even at the end.
He still makes us smile.
Thanks for picking us, Skinny!