Photographer of the week: Claire Wroe

Our photographer of the week is Claire Wroe, she was born in Yorkshire but now lives in Manchester.
She has a job that involves numbers and looking at spreadsheets every day; so she uses photography to bring out her artistic side.
Claire likes photographing bright colours, shapes, patterns, repeats, architecture and small details. She is currently using a Canon Eos 400D for her ‘proper’ shots but carries around a Canon Powershot SX220 most weekends when she is out hiking.

It is my pleasure to be featuring her as photographer of the week, among “the professionals” – if you liked her photography like I did, you can check out her flickr stream

I leave you to enjoy 10 of her selected pictures
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Photographer of the week: Dave Wilson

Our photographer of the week is Dave Wilson, he was brought up in Scotland but moved to the USA about 18 years ago and he is now based in the Texas Hill Country near Austin.

His photography tends towards minimalism and the use extensive digital processing, whether that be for HDR processing or creative post-processing.

Dave’s favorite subjects are architecture and abstracts but he also enjoys macro and landscape photography. He is completely addicted to ultra-wide and fisheye lenses.
He is also a current editor at and a co-host of the popular PhotoNetCast photography podcast.

I leave you to enjoy 10 of his selected work. If you loved his photography make sure to drop by his website or listen in to his podcast.
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Photographer of the week: Cristobal Garaciaferro Rubio

Our photographer of the week is Cristobal Garaciaferro Rubio, an architect by profession and a lover of the beautiful and well done.
Cristobal finds it a wonderful achievement to put his talent and commitment in the pictures that he does, He puts all of his heart into each and every one of them.

Here are 10 selected pictures of his work, mostly on “Volcano” theme – you can view his full portfolio on 500px for a bigger selection.

Church and Snow volcano

Super Moon

Just in the Morning
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How do you archive your pictures? or am I too paranoid?

Initially I was going to simply ask you “How do you archive your pictures” on facebook and google+ then I thought that maybe it would be better to give some insight on the workflow I follow myself since it might help the discussion.

As of today, I am sitting on a little bit more than 100k pictures and a bit more less than 1 terabytes of data, 85%+ out of which are photography related: Original pictures, Retouched Versions, layered edits etc… and there have very high value to me. I could easily imagine myself loosing, stolen/corruption/failure, the hardware but not any of my data.

I am not covering in this post how I organize my pictures nor which DAM, Digital Asset Management, software I use but rather how many copies of this info I have and where do I store them.

How many copies and their locations

I keep 3 exact copies on 3 different external disks

Copy 1 is on a Western Digital My Passport and is protected, I hope, by a Western Digital WD Nomad Rugged Case. This copy is in my bag with me all the time.

Copy 2 is on a Western Digital My Book Essential and is at office connected to a file server and is synchronized pretty much every other day.

Copy 3 is on a Western Digital WD Elements and is offline. I keep it at home in a fire and water proof safe, and is synchronized every other week or so.


If my data is important to me, I surely don’t want anyone else to have access to it without my consent. For that reason copies 1 and 2 are encrypted using Microsoft Bitlocker technology.

Yes I am a Microsoft person, however for people intrested in drive encryption and that would prefer a more open platform you can take a look at TrueCrypt.

Copy 3, the one kept in a safe, is not encrypted and is kept as a fail-safe option.


To keep these 3 copies in sync I use AllWaySync: A great piece of software that has true 3 way synchronization. I have paid for the pro version 5 years ago and been using it ever since.

Total cost

Maybe you think all this is overkill for just a “bunch of pictures” but the whole investment cost me less than $400. A price anyone would pay in a heartbeat to try to recover data from a failing disk.

My concern

Well all this sounds like a well thought off strategy however I am not sure that disks are good for long term storage…
10 years ago my archiving strategy relied on CDs and DVDs and theses are not age proof either.

So what do you think? Am I too paranoid? Would external disks still be readable 10 years from now? and how do you do it with your pictures?

Canon 5D MKII the cheapest dSLR currently on the market

With the announcements of the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D600 , the Canon EOS 5D Mark II hit a sub $2000 price at amazon making it the most affordable dSLR in the market today and it is not exactly “entry level”.

I have had mine for more than 3 years and it still gives me everything I need. To be totally frank the Auto Focus of the
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is really attractive but I am more than happy with my Canon 5D II.

So if you are looking for a Full Frame dSLR at a great price pick up yours now at amazon

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