The Daily Whim

The Daily Whim

Mon. Dec 18, 2006

2000 Piles

In September of 2000, I got my first digital camera, and started a “photo weblog” that I named Pixel Pile. Pixel Pile #1 was a “self portrait” of that first digital camera, a 3 megapixel Nikon 990. I had no idea what I was starting. I was just … starting.

There was no back then, no Heck, there wasn’t even Movable Type, never mind Wordpress or Textpattern. There was just Blogger. And my 3 megapixel camera with relatively primitive output that cost over a grand. But by gum, I was going to do something with it.

Here we are about 75.5 months and two digital cameras later, and I’ve finally posted Pixel Pile #2000. As best I can figure, that’s an average of 0.87 images posted per day. Obviously, I’ve taken a lot more photos than that. I set my cameras to number images sequentially, 0000-9999, and then rollover to start again at 0000. I rolled over the Nikon 990 twice, and the Canon D60 that followed got rolled over at least twice. The Canon 5D I got in late June is over halfway to its first rollover. My guess is the total is somewhere north of 50,000 images.

And even though I didn’t know what I was starting in 2000, I obviously expect to be shooting and posting photos here for a long time into the future. So I’ve been thinking about how to better accommodate that. As I said, I had no idea what I was starting, and the choices of “tools” was quite limited back then. Neither is true today. So expect 2007 to bring a restructuring of what I began, oh, about 2000 Piles ago.

Peanut Gallery

1  ruminator wrote:

I’ve been making digital images now for about five or six years. (I have no recollection!) There are about 10,000 images in the various iPhoto libraries I have floating around on my Mac, plus a few CD/DVD’s worth laying about in my closet. Only God knows how many film negatives and slides there are in the various repositories in my house. (Someday someone is going to make a pile of money from me scanning all of those images!)

And I’m no pro! I just like to make images. In fact, I just bought a new Nikon Coolpix S10 as a carry camera. I’ve already run about 500 images in about two weeks.

Man, you’ve started something!

2  Reid wrote:

And I didn’t even extrapolate how a new camera purchase leads directly (eventually) to new hard drive purchases. I bought the 5D in late June. By September, I was shopping for 300GB hard drives.

The trickle down can be vicious…

3  ruminator wrote:

You’re right about the hard drives. I have several already and can see buying more over the next few months. Fortunately, the new WD Books come in half-terrabyte sizes for reasonable dollars. They’re also IEEE-1394 and daisy-chainable. :)

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