Archive for May, 2010

Portrait of a Statue

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Portrait of a statue is a stature / sculpture located in Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City. This image was created using three images and Photoshop HDR.
Portrait of a Statue

My Dallas Pad

Posted in Nature, Photography, Plants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 25, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Another photo from my recent Dallas Trip.
Lily Pad

Here!

Posted in iPhone, Photography on May 23, 2010 by thomasrtucker

An iPhone photo taken at the historic Belmont Hotel in Dallas Texas.
Here!

Will Rogers Park Garden

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I had the opportunity to stop by the Will Rogers Park Garden in Oklahoma City today and test out my new lens. Here is a test photo.

Failure Is In Your Future

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on May 11, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Failure is in your future. I’m not talking about your skills or abilities in art or photography; I’m talking about your data. Yes, your storage IS going to fail. I say it over and over in hopes that you will backup your data and back it up regularly. Don’t think it will happen? Mine did this weekend.

Storage is cheap and there are some great solutions available today to help maximize and protect your data. The Drobo from Data Robotics www.datarobotics.com  and Windows Home Servers www.microsoft.com/homeserver   are examples of storage systems designed to grow and offer hot-swap hardware in the event of a failure. Even though all this new storage technology is great, you will still experience failures. This is why backups are so important. Allow me to explain.

New storage systems like the Drobo and Windows Home Servers, if equipped with at least two drives, have a data duplication feature that will store each piece of your data on both drives. The purpose duplication is to protect against a single drive failure. In the event of a single drive failure, simply replace the dead drive with a new one and the data is replaced from the good drive. Overall it’s a pretty good systems and a great first level of redundancy. Don’t let this fool you though; the primary goal of data duplication is to protect you against a single drive failure only.

What does data duplication not protect you from?

  • Multiple drive failures
  • Hardware failures
  • Virus / Malware
  • Natural disasters
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • You

Hardware failures can be something like a drive controller or motherboard failing. A drive controller failure is what happened to me this weekend and once the controller loses its information it’s gone.

Natural disasters, fire, and theft are pretty self-explanatory. That leaves malware and You. You or anybody with access your computer, including pets like cats who can step on the keyboard, can Intentionally or unintentionally destroy your data. You laugh but it happens.

So, get a Home Sever or Drobo, fill it up and with data and make a choice: backup or lose it.  You’ve been warned (again). If you are not backing up your data, you are going to lose it! It’s that simple. As a bonus, get a copy off-site.

Preserving Our Photographic Past

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 5, 2010 by thomasrtucker

As a fine art photographer, I am always striving to make beautiful, artistic photos. Although fine art photography is my passion, I am also an avid “snapshot” photographer. In all honesty, if I had to choose one over the other I would gladly kiss my passion (fine art photography) goodbye. While this might confuse or even shock some, I understand that it is the snapshot that tells my life story and family history.

Late last year I read an article about the importance of snapshots. I’ve been looking high and low on the internet to find it again but no luck. That article changed me. Personally, I had never given the snapshot the credit it deserves. Think about it, all of our family memories, important events, friends, pets, parties, funny moments, and gatherings of all sorts are captured in snapshots. Sure, there are plenty of portraits, wedding, and school photos but they don’t tell the story the way snapshots do.

While cleaning out our attic recently I discovered two boxes filled with generations of family photos. I believe I even found a couple of photos dating back to the late 1880’s. These boxes of snapshots, tucked away in the attic, are my family and family history. Good times and bad, it’s all there. So now what?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not getting any younger and would be foolish to think I’ll be around forever. Up until now, I have always depended on my parents and other family members to be the source of “family” information. I realized I don’t have what it takes to pass along the “family” information to the next generation.  It’s time to gain some independence.

 We need to preserve our photographic past and family history. Wow, what did I get myself in to?