So before I begin to blather on about the photos from Saturday the 7th, a bit of housekeeping. I was asked in a previous post by a blogger, “How do you keep all your photos organized?” Part of me thought, “Oh cool! Someone is asking my advice! I’d love to help!” but that was quickly followed by another part of me that thought, “OH SHIT! I’M GOING TO HAVE TO ADMIT THAT I’M TERRIBLE AT KEEPING ALL THIS ORGANIZED!!!” I gave the questioner a prolonged answer but for the benefit(?) of anyone reading, I’ll simply say two things.
#1: Picasa Sucks. Get a real service like Flickr and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ONLINE BACKUP OF EVERYTHING. Harddrives fail. All of them. Thumb drives. Everything. There is no safe backup that any normal person can afford. Flickr, Picasa, all of them have terabytes of storage with vast redundancy. They know how to protect data 1000x better than we do. Imagine how you’d feel if your computer and all your equipment were thrown into a pond tomorrow and lost forever. Then fork out $20 a year for a real service. Lecture ends.
#2: Start Organizing NOW! I’m 8,000 photos and 40 Gigs into this junk and that’s just three years worth. If I could go back to 2008 I’d smack myself in the head and say, “organize this crap so you can find it later.” Right now I *WANT* to organize it but it’s just too much. Too busy taking new pictures to go back in time. So do it now so you don’t want to smack yourself later. Oh, and in this vein, it’s not just about the photos. There’s always a story as well. One thing I feel I’ve done fairly well recently is to write down the story to go with the pictures. What were you doing? What were you thinking? Future You will thank you for taking the time.
OK, on to the photos. As usual, bypass (some of) of the blather by just looking at the album on Picasa (bleck) if you really want. As always, use my photos for anything you want but don’t profit by it financially and let me know what you use them for so I can be happy about it.
So this weekend found Laura and me down in Madison, Indiana. On the banks of the Ohio this is one of those classic little towns with a lot of history. Our real target wasn’t the town but really Clifty Falls Start Park.
One problem with the Inn is that there’s this huge industrial… something… between the Inn and the river. Other than that, it’s a wonderful state park Inn.
As is usual in Southern Indiana, lots of geology.
And lots of Botany.
Finally arriving at Hoffman Falls (one of four marked waterfalls in the park), we found any really clear view blocked by a HUGE block of limestone that had fallen into the location within the past year. It’s interesting to think that even now geology is still very active in the area. No matter what humanity does, nature plods on. Anyway, Hoffman falls, as nearly as I could get it.
So it was about this time in the trip that I started to consider that it’s really hard to take good photos in a strange place. I look at these and I can’t help but think… “boooo-ooo-ring.” Trees. Moss. Water. Dull, dull, dull. I thought to myself… “how do real photographers deal with this problem?” The answer I came back with was to take the standard cliche photos that everyone takes. So we have waterfalls… we have a 7-pound tripod I’ve been lugging through the forest… you know what happened next…
Alright, admittedly, I do like this one a bit because of the contrast. The stern ice and the flowing and fluid (no pun intended) water.
And this… well…
Laura and I are from the flat parts of Indiana. We’re used to long marathon death-marches across the glacially-tilled planes of Northern Indiana but the hilly terrain of Clifty Falls was enough to make us both want to just sit on the side of the river and watch the traffic for a while.
It didn’t take terribly long, however, for me to get my sense of adventure back. On the Ohio they have these very handy ramps that lead down to the river’s edge. So I didn’t even have to get my feet muddy for this one.
Finally, the sun set on a rather tiring day.
Yeah, not sure why this entertained me for 10 minutes trying to get it just right.
Madison is very pleasant to look at from the the overlook at the Inn at sunset.
We had intended to stay the night somewhere but given our mutual level of … well, non-energy, we decided to head home late. I had been pondering for a while heading back to Columbus to take “the first photo” at night. Last night was the night.
I’d color myself vaguely amused by the results from the day, but without the photos from Columbus… yeah, I would have felt a bit disappointed. It was a day that was “OK, but not awesome”.