Giant Duck Waddles Downtown Renton!

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Title Insurance with First American Title

I woke up early this morning. No idea why. It’s Saturday and that’s a couple 2 or 3 extra taps on the snooze button. Yet I’m up, coffee’s on and I’m looking through pictures on my PC.

“Man... did I take a lot of photos or what this summer!”
And I hardly used any of them. In fact, I’m just discovering a bunch I totally forgot about.

As any blogger worth half his salt, I have a hunter’s eye. I’m always keen on the lookout for prey. (I mean subjects.) Nothing tells (or enhances) a story like a great picture. I love today’s parlance, “A picture’s worth 50,000 words!” Did you know we spend about 70% of our eye time on the page looking at the photos.

After the visuals we scan the text (just give me the bullets), then look back to the images. If our interest was captured, read on. Yet, most of us don’t read anything online entirely... We default to, “I got the gist. I’m busy, and keep moving.”

Often we assume we know what the author is talking about based on the image and jump to conclusions. That said, as bloggers we often overlook the potential of a “not so perfect” picture that would make our point.

Giant Rubber Ducky at the Renton River Days Parade, July 28, 2012.

I throw nothing away and dump everything from my cameras to an external 2.5 terabyte hard drive. You just never know when the occasion might pop up. “I got this cool idea and I need an image,” then get excited to recall, “Hey, I took a shot of that back in July!”

LOOK!... There’s a Giant Duck Waddling Downtown Renton!

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Richard Weisser
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René ...

I couldn't agree any more. I have tens of thousands of photo that haven't seen the light of day in years. I have no organization, no way of finding what I want, and no way of leaving them for posterity.

But they're mine, and I know they're there!

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Oct 06, 2012 06:51 PM #1
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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I am right there with you... literally thousands of photos I'll never ever use, but they're still saved just in case. I take tons of photos... you never know when you'll capture that stunning shot!

Gretchen

Oct 06, 2012 06:53 PM #2
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I know I have some wonderful photos taken pre-digital. Fortunately the scanner works just fine, or at least good enough

Oct 06, 2012 07:40 PM #3
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Rene, I keep a camera in my purse at all time just for the surprise photo. When I go hunting for photos I snap and click everything. I usually have an idea when I see it but I put it folders to save for later.

Oct 06, 2012 08:04 PM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Rene' I am with you on this one 100%, so many pictures but can not use all of them:))) and some totally forgotten!

Oct 06, 2012 11:42 PM #5
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I am so bummed. I had my camera in my purse the other day and went to capture a perfect ( at least at that time I thought it was perfect) fall scene, and realized the SD card was not in the camera. Boo hoo! I also have folders of the seasons and put file my pictures there...when I need a photo, I can hopefully find something that fits the message.

Oct 07, 2012 07:17 AM #6
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Richard: Thanks! Also, I must confess, I have 4 or 5 hard drives in the closet from old computers. I need to pull photos from. Sounds like a winter project!

Hi Gretchen: Funny how we think of digital photos as objects. But, you are so totally correct, you just never know when you'll capture the perfect shot.

Ed... Boy do I have a lot of those too! Another winter project, scanning!

Debbie: Me too, I take pictures of everything then its like a hunt to see what I have.

Endre: I took about 300 and some photos of the Renton River Days Parade, thinking I could write several blogs about that and have plenty of photos to choose from. Then I got busy and forgot about them!

Debb: I can relate, I also get really bummed when I'm all fired up to seize an opportunity and warning comes up on my iPhone that my battery is just about dead.

Oct 07, 2012 08:17 AM #7
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Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Oct 07, 2012 08:52 AM #8
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Thanks Roy! Alway's have my camera!

Oct 07, 2012 09:07 AM #9
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No ducking the issue of quality visuals online Rene. My Facebook readership and comments tripled when I put photos with few words in the posts.

Oct 08, 2012 10:29 AM #10
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Hi Steve... I agree, my Facebook readership went up a lot when I started sharing photos, especially those about quirky interesting stuff you see when your out and about.

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A new hard drive for photos is on the shopping list.  Any reccomendations?

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Barbie: I've always liked Western Digital... and Seagate. Fry's has a 'green' Western Digital 1 TB drive, green because it uses 40% less power than other external drives for $79.99... I'm going to check that out. I'll let you know what I find out.

Oct 09, 2012 08:58 AM #13
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