This time I remembered to bring my memory card. I also brought along a spare 2gb backup card I purchased on the spur of the moment. The weather was cooperative (it wasn’t raining). In fact, with late afternoon sun mostly peeking through the clouds it was pretty good.
Note: I started this article a month ago, but I only got around to finishing it May 1. I’ve got to make more time for photography.
I started out in the Inner Harbour. As I arrived in the Songhees I noticed a float plane start up. I grabbed my tripod and bag and hurried over to the water’s edge to catch a couple of planes taking off into the sun. No time for fancy compositions, camera settings, or even the tripod. I just sat on the rocks and braced the camera on my knee.
Then the Victoria Clipper cast off for it’s return trip to Seattle A few grab shots of that also.
I then moved to the other side of this rocky knoll to get some shelter from the wind. I set up my tripod and took some shots of the harbour.
Getting cold, I headed back to the car and a waiting cup of coffee. I cruised on down to Beach drive to see what Ogden Point would look like. It was too early for sunset. I moved on down the road and noticed the glow from the new leaves on this willow tree. I stopped to take a few shots. Repositioning to get various compositions of this tree in combination with sitting benches and some geese.
The next day I offloaded the files. Since I had been shooting RAW+L I had 1GB of files to transfer and I was surprised when my Pro 133x Lexar card took 21 minutes to offload them. I was even more surprised when I copied those files to my cheap SanDisk backup card and found it also took 21 minutes to copy. Now I know my desktop’s card reader is SLOW. Fortunately Lexar includes a “free” SD card reader with their pro card, so I tried it out and got a copy time of 1-2 minutes. Nice, but unfortunately, the Lexar card reader doesn’t respond to the SanDisk card.
I have a 12-1 card reader I got for my laptop, I’ll have to try some speed tests on that.
The other thing I noticed right away is how DARK the jpegs were. Afterward I checked my camera and I must have at some point accidently set some exposure compensation. Fortunately all the RAW files looked good and Photoshop Elements 5 had no problem working with them.
I’ll probably just work with RAW in the future, unless I know I’m going to need the jpegs right away.