Flickr Upload: the.lobby

In the wake of Photo Weekend Düsseldorf there were many bigger and smaller exhibitions in the city where great photography was on display. In the case of this shot, we feigned interest in the images exhibited on the various floors of Hotel InterContinental on the Königsallee, which afforded us access to the elevators so we could go all the way up to the tenth floor. That’s where I took this picture and several others with more or less interesting POVs. I wanted to take the opportunity to post some of the images here on the blog. Enjoy!

Flickr Upload: lines.legs.and.heels

The story around this shot is actually somewhat unusual. I had scouted this location with the stripes on the ground like I always do and was thinking about possible angles and POVs always considering how people usually walk there. when I saw this lady and her high heels out of the corner of my eye. I’m not normally one to quickly respond to a situation and possible opportunity on the street. This was the exception. I put myself into position as fast as I could and just barely got her legs and heels into the frame without a real opportunity to frame a meaningful composition or even think about the placement of anything. I thought the shot wasn’t probably working out so I spent at least another 45 minutes in this location shooting dozens more pictures with various legs and shoes in different strides. It wasn’t until I was looking through my images back home on the computer that I realized I could have ended that shoot right after that first photo because it was clearly the winner out of all the shots I took there. But hey…what are you gonna do? It’s like they say, hindsight has 20/20!

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.X

Here comes part 10 in the rainy series. What I liked about this shot was how it transported the feeling of a fleeting encounter with someone during a short but heavy rain shower. There’s no way for you to get back to it and all you’re left with is this shred of a memory…or this feeling of what could have been…I want to believe that this is what I found on my sensor when I got home! 😉

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.IX

This shot I took right after that heavy rain you saw in yesterday’s shot. The sun had come out pretty much immediately and it caused the wet surfaces of the street to glisten nicely. I tried making an interesting composition with people walking toward me. I’ve noticed before that subjects are less likely to pick up on the fact that I’m taking pictures when the sun is right in their faces and they can’t see well. Kinda obvious, I know, but definitely a tip for street shooters starting out. The other benefit, also obviously, is that the light in their faces makes for nicely exposed images if you dial the exposure compensation down to -2/3 or -1. It gives you well exposed faces and darker backgrounds which I like anyway.

So I was doing that when I realized that I was positioned in such a way that people coming from and going to the Köbogen from Shadowstraße would walk close past me. I thought I might just as well take advantage of it and shortly after was able to take the shot you see here…

RAID 5 on Synology DS1010+

I’ve been using a Synology DiskStation 1010+ for more than 7 years now. At the time it was one of the fastest NAS systems that were (fairly) affordable. It is able to read and write over my gigabit ethernet at 80-90 MB/s. I got it pre-assembled with 5x2TB drives which I set up to work in a RAID 5 configuration giving me about 7.2TB of space in a system that could always tolerate if one of the five disks failed.

Well, a couple of weeks ago it finally happened. One drive stared to report bad sectors and a week later the Synology informed me with a beeping sound that my RAID had degraded and parity of data was no longer available. Needless to say I got nervous never having messed with my DiskStation because it had all these years simply worked and I had come to rely on it and take it for granted even.

WD 3TB Red Drives
WD 3TB Red Drives

I’m really pleased to report that I was able to simply pull out the faulty disk and replace it with a new one. I didn’t even have to power down the system as the drives are hot-swappable. Then all that was left to do was to head over to the Synology DSM interface and start repairing the RAID. I’d been wondering whether it would take a week or so to get this done but I was surprised to see after about 8 hours that my RAID was intact and fail-proof again. Yay!

The DS 1010+ isn’t my first Synology product. Before I had a DS 408, which is a 4-bay system. I also ran a RAID 5 configuration on it with 4x 1TB disks.

After I had replaced the faulty drive in my DS 1010+ with a WD 3TB RED (I thought it would make sense that I’d replace the 2TB drive with a 3TB one as they are quite affordable), I really wanted to replace the other drives as well. They were still okay but by then been always-on and spinning for more than 7 years. Replacing them with the higher capacity ones also means, of course, that after the last drive would be replaced, I could extend my RAID and would receive an extra of about 3TB of free storage. That is, on top of having all new and very reliable WD 3TB RED drives in the machine.

WD2TB Green and WD3TB Red
WD2TB Green and WD3TB Red

So where am I now? I have just replaced the 4th drive and started the repair process of the RAID. I expect it to be through sometime tonight. That means I’ll be able to put the last drive in tomorrow and repair and extend the RAID. As far as I can tell right now, the extension of the RAID will be automatically performed after the final repair when the system has 5x 3TB drives but the RAID is still the same that it was on the 2x 2TB ones. I don’t expect that last operation to be quick by any stretch of the imagination. I once extended a RAID in my DS 408 when I put an additional 1TB drive into slot 4. The configuration up until then had been 3x 1TB RAID 5. That extension by 1TB took the DS 408 over a week! I’m not even kidding! With my DS 1010+ I’m looking at an extension by 5TB from 10TB to 15TB. Okay, the DS 1010+ is a more capable system but still…I’m really curious how long it’ll take. Before I start it, however, I’ll do a new backup of my data. I have all my digital images on it so that is a definite necessity.

In conclusion what I want to say here is how amazingly pain-free this whole process has been. And the craziest thing of all? The fact that the data was not only safe, I was able to work with the storage all the way through this process! You gotta love technology when it works!

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.VII

I thought this one would be a nice continuation of my rainy day series. The girl seems to be carefully planning her next step in this heavy rainfall and with the streets being wet and slippery. I’m still mostly in the same spot as I was in the other images of this series and I’m pretty sure by now pretty much everybody will have realized that. Anyway, I’m mostly at the 50mm mark of my Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50-f3.5-6.3 kit lens and firing off when I see people pass by that stand out in anyway. With everybody hustling in and out of this downpour it wasn’t too hard a job.

I think I’ll post about four or five more in this series after this and then continue on with a few architectural shots I’ve been meaning to publish.

Flickr Upload: the.downpour.part.VI.intermission

Well, this one’s a bit obvious, isn’t it? Haha…But on a more serious note, I thought the shot turned out unexpectedly well. For one thing, the POV isn’t all that exciting. Her legs, however, are so well defined and accentuated by that smallest of dark outlines courtesy of her pantyhose. The tiny bit of (motion) blur helps the shot out as well, I think. That stride conveys a sense of purpose and the shape of her dress “anchors” her feet nicely on the top of the frame.