The new season has a fresh, new approach to podcasting and I hope you can listen throughout. If you’d like to jump straight to my segment, skip forward to 00:54:51 minutes. I’m discussing my passion for photography, street photography, wedding photography, shooting video and a new hobby I started during lockdown which has led to an entirely new genre of photography for me! I would urge you to listen to the entire episode though as it’s very enjoyable and informative.
With the constant need for more storage, when my current storage got down to a few hundred gigabytes of free space, the time came to expand. I was very happy to spot that OWC had brought out a new 8-bay solution, which I had somehow missed. So I ordered the OWC ThunderBay 8-Bay Enclosure to expand my photographic and video storage.
I’ve been using various OWC external storage boxes for many years now. My current storage for my picture library (including video) was residing on a four bay ThunderBay box, filled with WD 6Tb Enterprise class hard drives. These were all left as individual drives, connected via Thunderbolt 2 to my Mac Pro. Once the fourth drive was down to a few hundred gigabytes of free space, it was time to plan ahead and upgrade.
Before I continue, a few explanations on why use multiple drive bay enclosure boxes, over getting individual external drives. In a nutshell, its to keep things nice and tidy. Declutter. With a box storing 2, 4 or 8 hard drives, you only need one electricity plug and one connection cable to your computer, not 2, 4 or 8. It also means that my entire picture library is always available; many colleagues have to unplug and plug in various hard drives to try and find more historical work. Lastly, the constantly attached library also means that Cloud backups can happen fully and properly.
The ThunderBay enclosures aren’t hardware RAID boxes, but give you an option of using SoftRAID (a software RAID, available in two versions) by OWC. It’s not something I personally use. All my drives in my ThunderBay enclosures have always been used as individual drives (I do use hardware RAID 5 in other enclosures as backup boxes). These individual hard drives are then backed up to my RAID 5 box using Carbon Copy Cloner, backed up offsite manually (per assignment) and also backed up in the Cloud automatically, using Backblaze. Incidentally, that Backblaze referral link will give us both a free month of Cloud backup, if you’re a new customer.
Once the OWC ThunderBay 8-Bay TB3 Enclosure arrived, I simply shut down my Mac Pro, took out the four hard drives from my previous ThunderBay 4-bay enclosure, installed them in the 8-bay enclosure and added the fifth, new drive. Each drive screws into its own drive tray using the supplied screws. After some research, I also decided to try a Toshiba Enterprise class hard drive for the first time. I opted for the Toshiba 8.0TB MG05ACA Series SATA Interface Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive, also available from OWC. This leaves three bays free in the box, for future upgrade needs. It’s an extremely elegant, practical and future proof solution for one’s never ending storage needs.
Something worth thinking about, if your current storage involves multiple external drives, with a spaghetti like tangle of cables. If you’re not worried about warranties, you are extremely careful and are happy to take the risk (there is always risk present in doing anything with the innards of computers and related equipment) is to physically transfer those individual SATA hard drives into a ThunderBay box. Declutter and become more efficient. The intelligent design also allows 2.5” drives to be used.
However, the best option would be to transfer the data onto new hard drives. I tend to swap out hard disks every 4-5 years, as they all have finite life cycles. Also it means that as hard drives increase in size, the physical number of drives needed is less.
Lastly, always backup your work. You need everything on at least two physically different drives, but ideally three. One set being kept in a geographically different location. Ideally, a final layer of safety would be a Cloud backup.
Photographer and film maker Edmond Terakopian after a video shoot in the Barclays building in Canary Wharf. Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London. Photo: David Sandison
Very happy to share that the team at Speak Media have won the Digital Impact Awards Best Corporate Website gold award for their work for Barclays. I’m thrilled to be part of this multi award-winning team and been fortunate to help with his project with shooting various videos for Barclays’ award winning website. It’s been a joy to work with such a talented group of people.
Edmond Terakopian wins a commended award in the Videographer of the Year category for his short film “Taxi Driver” in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery COmpany, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Bruce Adams
The awards dinner was held at the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road and attended by the best of the best press photographers and picture editors in the UK. As always, a great evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, drink some wine, and have conversations ranging from equipment, anecdotes and ending up with the inevitable “good old days” tales.
Drinks reception ahead of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Alan Sparrow, Chairman of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Andrew Parsons speaks at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
UK PICTURE EDITORS’ GUILD CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Ken Lennox, former picture editor of the News of the World and The Sun. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
MP Sadiq Khan co-presented teh awards. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
Journalist and TV presenter Kate Silverton prsents the awards. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
James Glossop, The Times, SHUTTERSTOCK PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015. UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London. February 25, 2016. Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick
I’d like to extend my thanks to chairman of the awards Alan Sparrow and all the picture editors who formed the judging panel.
The film was shot using two Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and various Olympus M.Zuiko lenses. The audio was recorded on an Olympus LS-100 audio recorder. I used a variety of Rode microphones, ranging from the Lavalier and VideoMic Pro, to the Stereo VideoMic X.
Thrilled to share some great news! Honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards for my short film, Taxi Driver. The highly-acclaimed UK Picture Editors Guild Awards competition is distinctive in that panel of judges consists only of working picture editors from national and regional newspapers, and international photo agencies, assessing the thousands of entries from professional photographers from throughout the media.
I’d like to congratulate all my fellow finalists and look forward to seeing you all on the award’s ceremony.
The short film is a look at a day in the life of a London black cab driver. It was shot on a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras and a selection of M.Zuiko lenses. Full details here.