Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Sunday, September 4, 2011

When it is all gets too much.

For the last 12 months or so my computer has struggled with my photo processing. It seems it is a combination of things, larger file sizes, software demands and an ageing system.

For some applications I create files in excess of 50mb and the old Pentium P4 with a whopping 1 Gig of RAM is just not enough anymore. Add to this the fact that all programs appear to have increased in size and use more and more memory whilst running in the background and the old girl just doesn’t cut it as a photo editing machine any more. As a result I have purchased a new fire breathing laptop to connect to my existing monitor and keyboard.

Why a laptop? Simple, where I live it is cheaper to buy a laptop than a similarly spec’d desktop. So my new machine is a Lenovo e320 running a second gen Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. It does not arrive for about 2 weeks yet so I still have plenty of time to decide what to do with the old one.

I will do a small review of the e320 when it arrives.

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