So I posted this on FB yesterday with the same question. I’ve already received a ton of responses. Almost every single answer favors the left image, here are the reasons:
Additional votes came from Romi Quinn, Susan Lim and Tom Manning (thanks, guys!)
A lot of backstory in that image: 101 is the setting for a lot of pro-/anti-china protests under the previous mayor, who for unknown reasons used to tolerate the pro-china lobby. The protest is a silent respectful one that doesn’t harrangue people in support of FalungGong.
I took it as a gesture to street photography: the man who is tidying up at the end of the day mimicked unintentionally the gesture of the girl in the poster. That’s why I did the original crop to focus on that more. But somehow the lights at Christmas add to the atmosphere.
There wasn’t time to reframe the image or change any of the settings. Take it or miss it situation!
So it seems the left one wins this debate resoundingly! If you’d like to pile into the debate, join us on Photowalkers! That leaves me to present the full edit…comments on FB!
Horror of horrors! I had accumulated a large amount of data with the photos taking up an ever-increasing proportion. Even Dropbox is approaching 600GB of my 1TB. While I think it will take a while to reach the limit on DB, the approaching renewal date for DB and the lack of real space on my computer is forcing me to take action earlier! I only have about 500GB of space on my laptop, so the Dropbox installation is already way over! And I add about 10GBs a month with my photography.
Now you’re saying: cull, cull, cull! And of course, I could. But I don’t have the time or interest to cull enough images to make that much of a difference. Worse, my early images are messed up, and disorganized a little. I had intended to cull some, but ended up moving a bunch of photos including keepers into the same folder! So the only route is to make use of external drives, as recommended by Filipe and Craig (thanks, dudes!):
Filipe Rios: There will never be a large enough drive to keep fitting inside the laptop. External HDD all the way.
KJ Dickson: Since I don’t use previews in LR at the moment, I dumped the entire bunch… I might have to reenable that function?
Filipe Rios: It is much better. Dump the RAW on external drive and use previews to edit. Much faster.…See More
Craig Ferguson: What size drive do you have now?
KJ Dickson: 500GB internal, TB (full) ext. and pictures expanding too fast even for Dropbox (which I will drop this year because they don’t have a bigger plan). I also need to cull more… but I don’t really have the time to extensively cull photos… I doubt I could cull 00GB though.
Craig Ferguson: If it’s a desktop, you can get 2TB internal drives for about 500 these days.
KJ Dickson: Craig Ferguson I might get one of the small size drives… that should do for a while. I guess…
So here is my current backup strategy. Analyze, discuss, criticize. PLEASE!
Using the basic concept of 3-2-1: I have 2 copies of the catalogues saved on my PC, one on the desktop, and one on the D-drive. Images are themselves organized by year-month-event folders, all neatly in subfolders. There is one copy of them on the D-drive, because I don’t have enough space any more on the C-drive.
I use two disk drives, one small 150GB drive that’s quite old as a stop-gap back up of ONLY the photography stuff, images and catalogues; and a 4TB drive that backs up everything neatly. Finally, everything is backed upto Dropbox and Google Drive for the oldest part of my collection. I say backed up, I really mean backed up. It’s not shadowed anywhere else because I don’t have enough space elsewhere.
I’m planning to make three changes:
I don’t want to end up paying $20pm for ANOTHER service on top of everything else I pay for, but mostly because Dropbox refuses to up its minimum size for us 1TB-ers. Pity… I love many things about Dropbox, but not their stinginess. At some point, I will have to get computers with much bigger in-built drives but I will need two of them! So… I hope Father Christmas comes twice.
That’s quite a stack of disks, but the actual storage space maxes out at just 1.5TB. Compared to that stack, my new mini 4TB is positively tiny. I could easily get 4 units inside just one of those bigger cases! It doesn’t matter what kind of disaster plan you have, it’s only as good as the first crisis. I’ve got no idea if my own preparations will be enough! But I have another PC that could easily work as a storage server. Tempting.
It’s always good to revisit old edits, as a way to measure my success or failure in past efforts. So here is one image from Amsterdam of the Canals. Not an outstanding image by any means, it was taken on my old Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30. As you can see from the first image, it’s somewhat overexposed at 1/200s with f2.8. I could easily have gone with a narrower f-stop but I didn’t. Perhaps I was shooting on automatic mode.
So it’s not a great photo to work with. The sky is definitely overblown and lacks any blue that the water captures nicely. Isn’t that always the story in Taiwan, too?
Edit 1 highlights the tools I played with: exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites & black clipping, then a touch of vibrance and a dash of saturation. Nothing very bold. Perhaps the boldest move was the crop. I probably just edited slightly after clicking Auto mode.
Edit 2 was much more aggressive: I dropped the exposureby 1/3 as well as contrast. Then I clipped much more than before, whites & black clipping. I left vibrance and saturation alone, then added a touch of noise reduction, smoothness and color.
It’s never going to be a great picture, and will not probably be worth spending too much time to edit the overexposed sky in PS, the bushes at the bottom right. But I like that I can bring out the reflections in the water a little more than before.