Canon: $550 of Photos in 3 Hours
In the “good old days”, we are talking the 1970s, I was saving every penny to buy film. The standard was either black and white or Kodachrome. When I could afford it, I would use Kodachrome 64. I'd save all my pennies and buy 5 to 10 rolls of Kodachrome at a time. The Kodachrome films were different from every other film. I was not only buying the film, but I was also buying the processing. My cost was around $23 for a film of 36. I would often stretch it to 37 frames and on few occasions 38 frames.
Female Photographer at Work with Sandhill Cranes at Reifel Bird Sanctuary click on image for gallery
I haven't decided yet if I want to to remove the duck at the bottom left. It would be cleaner by removing it, but I don't know why, to me it adds to the action.
On Saturday, I took 865 photos! Yep! Eight hundred and sixty five photos in less than 3 hours. It moves, I shoot. Not really, but when I find something, I keep on firing. At 7 frames per second, a 32 Gb memory card 400x and a battery that last forever, it goes quickly.
2 years ago, I couldn't do that!
- I only had 8 Gb memory cards.
- The camera could only keep up with 3 frames per second! (think about how far we have gone.)
- A fresh battery would “only” last 400 to 500 photos.
What about the processing of all of these photos? Not really a problem:
- Download the photos from the card to the computer. This is the largest increase in time, like almost everybody else I'm still with USB 2.0.
- Import the photos into Lightroom. The computer is so much faster, it takes 10% to 20% longer for double the amount of photos.
- I quickly go through the photos, flagging what I want to delete…
It's a new phenomena for me, so why do I do that now? Why do I leave my finger on the shutter longer that I use to? Because of the “lucky” shot.
Am I an incompetent? I don't think so, my customers don't think so… The “lucky” shot has brought me a lot of money. I'd say that at least 10% of my large prints in the last year have been the “lucky” shot. I work hard to set the “lucky” shot, but better prepared, the more lucky.
So back to my 865 photos, it would have cost me $550 to shoot these photos with Kodachrome!