#282 Uh-oh!

Uh-oh was right!

Last week I hopped on our data crunching computer – a Mac that processes large files. I heard sounds similar to a hamster running on a squeaky hamster wheel or, ahem, a failing hard drive.

We lost the hard drive, but not important data. Thank goodness.

While our archive system is not perfect, we have backed up data in different ways over the years:

  • film
  • CDs and DVDs
  • LaCie external hard drives

We now back up info:

I called Pat Castel at ProMac911.com for help. Thanks Pat. He made recovery and new hard drive installation quicker and easier. We came through ok. Phew!

Please, please back up your systems! How do YOU keep your data safe?


#281 Keep your photos safe?

 I keep the web photo files small and watermark most of the photos I post.


  1. To promote the work I do.
  2. To say “Hey! These photos are worth something. Don’t pinch them.”
  3. To prevent the following:

It seems a grocery store in Prague picked up a ‘perfect photo’ from the internet and pasted an unconsenting Missouri family on their billboard.

Read the story!

Keep your web photo files small. Post a watermark:

self portrait

Self Portrait of Harry!

#280 Sport Sessions

Last week we started the Sport Sessions Photo Workshop where students learn to shoot events, sports and motion. This kind of work makes me tingle – it’s where I got my start in photography.

Sport Sessions PhotoWorkshop

Photos are included featuring students in action covering the first session – a bike race. Last night was session two – students learned some advanced motion techniques – see “Mastering advanced motion techniques“.

Sport Sessions Photo Workshop

Next week is the third shooting session – students undertake an assignment at another bike race.

Sport Sessions Photo Workshop

Yes, it’s fun!

Sport Sessions Photo Workshop

#279 Karsh Reminder!

Library and Archives Canada

Visit FestivalKarsh.ca all summer!

Library and Archives Canada cordially invites you to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions Sound and Vision:

Portraits of Musicians and Composers by Yousuf Karsh


Studio K: A Karsh Experience

Monday, June 15, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Main Lobby

The Karsh Trail starts here!

Cash bar
Light refreshments

Festival Karsh is a collaboration between the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada.


Bibliothèque et Archives Canada vous invite cordialement à l’inauguration des expositions son et images:

portraits de musiciens et de compositeurs par Yousuf Karsh


Studio K : dans la peau de Karsh

le lundi 15 juin 2009
19 h à 21 h

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
395, rue Wellington, Ottawa
Foyer principal

Le premier arrêt du Parcours Karsh!


Bar payant

Le Festival Karsh est une initiative conjointe du Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada et du Musée du portrait du Canada, un programme de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.

Library and Archives Canada

#278 Student Success!

Last week we finished the critique session of the Urban Landscapes Photo Workshop in Ottawa, Canada.

Students progressed over the course as we travelled to different locations for new challenges.

While exploring the strong lighting challenges in this underground wonderland Prasad pushed his limits capturing some dynamic action with some dynamic lighting:

Photo Workshop

Nice work Prasad!

#276 More National Team Trials

Covering the whitewater slalom National Team Trials and teaching the Urban Landscapes Photo Workshop made for a full few days. I called on a Pro Program student to shadow and shoot over the three days of competition.

Scott stepped right in and delivered some good work. We worked and talked and he learned lots in the process.

He commented: “Thanks for the (business) insight Harry. Much appreciated.  This is definitely a beneficial part of your pro course, and in terms of trying to break into the business, probably the most important.

Some of his work below from the Ottawa River Runner‘s Pumphouse site:

Sport Photography

Pierre Levesque

Sport Photography

C2 Team Dan and Tom Purcell


Zoe Corkery under the watchful eye of safety boater Paul