Technology

July Update

It’s been a while between posts and am feeling a little catholic guilt for neglecting our blog.  Our biggest news is the purchase of our new Phase P45+, 39 Megapixel Digital Camera back and Cambo Camera.  I have sadly bid farewell to my faithful old Linhoff and embraced the new high end digital technology.  This is not our first foray into the high end digital arena, we previously purchased the Leaf Aptus 33 megapixel back which we have been very happy with.  Anyone whose privy to what is going on with Leaf at the moment will understand our reservation about committing to upgrades with this brand and hence the switch to Phase.  I feel a bit like the guy who bought a Ford Edsel! We have been holding off on our investment in a large format camera suitable for the high end digital back until the release of the 23mm Rodenstock lens.  This is an exquisite lens and makes the high end backs now much more appealing for architectural work.  These items are enormously expensive and are a testament to our commitment and investment in the production of the best quality work we can deliver for our clients. This by no means leaves our Canon 1DS Mark III redundant.  It really is about selecting the right equipment for the job. I look forward to sharing some of the pictures that we produce from our new technology.   We’ve been busy shooting some new interesting projects, here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to. Another beautiful fit out by Ryan Russell Architects:

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We had fun with the Grenade team shooting their fabulously renovated studio in Prahan:

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We have been working with the City of Melbourne to document the new Flagstaff Gardens Bowls Club – a true haven from the hustle and bustle of the city, nestled cosily amidst the gardens, you almost forget you are in an urban metropolis:

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On the studio front, we bid farewell to Markus who has been a fabulous contribution to our studio for the past 5 years. He has become a treasured friend and will be missed. We wish him well in his new endeavours.  We welcome Kelly on board and we look forward to covering many great projects over the next 6 months.

RIP……The 500GB Brick

This week we say goodbye to our old friend that has housed each and every one of our images at some point in the past 2 years.  Our brick has been a faithful and well performing temporary storage facility, until Tuesday when it just refused to mount.  After much swearing, followed by frantic ‘Googling’ we found a program called ‘Data Rescue’ that was able to mount the drive and enable us to transfer the data. The joy was short lived, you see I thought this meant the drive had been bought back to life. Unfortunately after transferring the data and unmounting the drive, twas never to mount again.  The drive will not be discarded for no other reason than we love the design of it.  As sad as it seems, one does become attached to these inanimate bits of technology that have tirelessly served us.  I have kept every MAC I have ever owned, they have been good to me.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This drive was only used for temporary storage of our last 3 months work so that we could easily access our images to distribute to clients and magazines.  Do not fear, we have not lost any of our archive – YET!.

The issue of digital media is an enormous one for all photographers.  With the advent of digital we are now faced with the challenges of maintaining our archives.  It is a scary prospect when there is nothing like a physical negative to return to.  Media is constantly evolving, and all the storage mediums available are susceptible to failure.

I have a headache from all the discussions I had this week with IT people about the best avenue for maintaining our archive.  Every opinion conflicted and 5 minutes into each of the conversations I started playing elevator music in my head.   The long and short of it is, no matter which option you choose, optical or tape, they all need to be migrated periodically (depending upon how daring you are) and all are prone to failure.

As photographers, we are no longer just photographers, we are post production houses.  We now must have a much more sophisticated set up to process, proof, backup, archive and retrieve our work.   At our studio we began archiving our images in 2001 on CD.  We are now undertaking the arduous process of transferring all this data onto DVD.  Our archiving software must then be updated to reflect the new location of the data.   We are applying the ‘Migrate & refresh’ principle.

We are about to step it up a notch and get an entire RAID drive system to maintain our archive for the future, as well as continuing to record all data on DVD.  The thought of transferring historic data from our DVD’s to yet another media is not one I am ready to deal with today… but am sure in the not too distant future it will be one I will have to face.  This new sophisticated set up means more physical equipment, more software and plain and simply more crap to deal with.