• Daniel Wretham

So, This Happened......

Amazing Light, Man O'War Bay, Dorset Sunset

Well, I thought i'd give the technical stuff a break this week and tell you what i've been up to and what i've got planned for the next few weeks.

Sadly it's that time of year when shooting every day becomes a major problem. The light starts to fade before you finish work, and your already on your way to work when the sun rises. It's a very frustrating time when the only opportunity you will get to shoot is on the weekends, couple that with the fact that it will be glorious weather all week and then come the weekend and it's your time to go out and what does it do ? Of course it will be high winds, monsoon like rain, floods, locusts !!! Basically everything possible to stop you from going.

Your photography withdrawal symptoms will go into over drive, the urge to get out will become a wild rage and someone could get hurt ! Ok so maybe thats slightly over the top but you have to admit it's a very frustrating time to say the least.

So how do we best deal with this ? Well, if you're anything like me you will have an absolute hoard of images sat on your hard drive which could do with a revisit, you will be amazed at just what you have on there that you had forgot in the excitement for the next shoot.

On the other hand you will also wonder why on earth did I not just delete that utter rubbish in the first place ?! (we all have a few of those) !

This brings me nicely to a point I want to make to hopefully save some of you a horror that happened to me. I kept all of my pictures on an external hard drive which had around 2 terabytes of my favourite images on until one fateful day that I accidentally dropped it. The outcome..... I lost everything.

Years of hard work and treasured images gone in a flash.

To say I was heartbroken was an understatement and I will probably never ever get past the fact that my site is now missing several key areas along the Dorset coast due to this loss, on the plus side....I get to visit them all again and shoot them hopefully in a better way than before.

I can't stress this enough, unless you have two back ups, you don't actually have a back up of your work.

These days there are so many free options with things like dropbox, cloud storage as well as a huge price drop in external drives.

I now run 2 x 3 terabyte hard drives and a dropbox account to keep all my valuable pictures safe.

In the event of a breakdown on one drive, I'm still covered.

Drives do break down, they have moving parts which of course can fail so they are never 100% safe.

You can of course get the latest SSD (solid state drives) which don't have moving parts and they are a far better option but they carry a premium cost to them, which is heavy.

A hard drive can be recovered by specialist companies but its pretty expensive and is never guaranteed to get all your data back, above all NEVER try and open the drive and recover the information yourself. I'm all for a bit of DIY but this is best left to the professionals.

On the plus side autumn is now around the corner and its probably my favourite season to shoot.

Beautiful misty mornings, golden colour leaves and diffused light, there really isn't much to not like about it so I intend to use my free time to plan in more detail where i'm going to capture these moments.

Winspit Sunrise, Winspit Bottom, Dorset

So the week started pretty well to be honest. I took a trip down to Winspit quarry along the Jurassic coast on Saturday morning and met up with fellow photographer Martin Dolan which was an absolute pleasure.

I generally like to shoot alone as I like to work in peace and in all honesty like the solitude and getting away from it all. It was an odd morning as we met in the car park, conditions looked far from great. It was very clear and not a lot going on, We debated our next move and while doing so noticed a small bank of high level cloud moving in from the East. This would