It's going to be a long winter

September 14, 2014

We recently took a European river cruise along the Rhine.  The maiden voyage of the Viking Mani left Amsterdam sailing through the Netherlands, Germany and France arriving in Switzerland.  It was an excellent voyage with opportunities for some fantastic photography.  

Even though everyone was there to travel and relax, after a few days it was obvious some of us were intent on capturing the grand scenery of the Rhine "on film" (I can't think of a better term to use - even though "on card" is more accurate).   A common conversation starter on the cruise after eyeing the large camera I was lugging around was, "So how many pictures have you taken?".  To be honest I had no idea, knowing that the digital age picture count is no longer the limiting factor like it was in the film days (FYI - it's battery life - don't get caught with a dead battery).  

As it turns out the final count was a little over 4,000 photos (125GBs of memory cards consumed).  Many of them won't be up to par.  I'm big on experimenting and I'm not above hammering the proverbial flush nail.  To be honest, I have a bit of an itchy trigger finger and technology has only further enabled me.   My itchy trigger finger is only partially to blame, because my other hobby after taking photos is reviewing, re-composing and publishing photos.  It is a time consuming practice, but one I will enjoy for the months to come.  To me it is a way of reliving the trip again and savoring the experience.  It's going to be a long winter, but I'll have plenty to keep me entertained.


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