We stumbled up one of the best state beaches I have visited in Florida. We had time after we docked, before heading to Orlando for Disney the next day. Tom wanted to go to the beach and we kind of just randomly drove and got off and googled beaches. This one cost 5 dollars to get into, was sooo beautiful, had the nicest park rangers, tons of sea shells, and was not crowded at all. The water was chilly in December but still totally swim-able. North Palm Beaches for the win! Here is the link to the park!
We take a lot of photos. I actually feel like I don’t take enough photos and I have plans to try to take even more. With the purchase of my newest camera, the file sizes are through the roof. Especially when I keep raw and jpeg versions of each photo. For several years after getting my first DSLR in college, I did not care about photo storage and put no thought to it what so ever. Each time I would take photos, I would create random files on my computer and through them in. Along came Tom and he began harping at me about my storage disaster situation. I resisted for a long time and finally, last year, gave into a new system of organization.
Oh how I wish I could go back in time and do this with my files (and external hard drives and flash drives) from the beginning. We have a mess of years of photos that is taking a lot of time to clean up. (Tom has a mess of his own photos, so this is not all me!) Having an organization system is essential. It makes it easier to make sure everything is in one place and if you are looking for something, its easy to find!
Last year we purchased a desktop for our home. This has become the main home for all things. Every card after we shoot, gets dumped onto a hard drive here. If something is on a laptop, or an external hard drive, it should be a copy. I have a terrible track record with laptops and feel that at any point, everything I have stored on there could be gone in an instant. After losing an external hard drive a few years back and paying to have that recovered, that is something I never want to ever go through again.
So depending on the date of the photo we have hard drives on our computer broken down by years. Basically right now our photos are on 2 hard drives within the computer. One with pictures before 2012 and one with pictures after 2012.
Choose the year and once you click on 2014, you see 2 divisions since I separate client images I take and personal photos for our family.
Within the personal photos, I like to have them broken down by month so I can quickly find a month at a glance.
This is where it gets important. Within each month, there is labeling system that has to be applied to each folder. This labeling system makes searching for photos a lot easier and it also orders them within the folder. It was hard to get used to at first but once it became a habit, its nothing.
Start with the year, then the month (abbreviation of month in parenthesis), then the day the photos were taken. That is the important part. A description is optional but I like to see what is in each folder quickly so I add a description. This a quick look at the photos we took in December of 2014.Once you click on the folder you see the RAWS and the JPEGS. I have started to export an EDITED IMAGES folder to each group when I edit them in Lightroom. This was I have a separate file of JPEGS that have been retouched and I know are favorites and ready for printing or blogging. We have discussed only keeping raws of our very very favorites and doing jpegs of the rest to save space but don’t have a concrete plan on doing this in the future yet.In addition to our home computer, we also have a subscription to Carbonite to keep our photos backed in the cloud should something happen to our computer such as a fire. I also recommend a complete back up on an external hard drive (best if stored in a location other than your house). Hopefully that makes sense and was helpful to someone. Thanks for reading.
After visiting the last country of Costa Rica, we had 2 final sea days to get back to Florida. The highlights of these days were the ship building contest and the ice carving sculpture. Thanks for following us along this journey.
We are almost done with the cruise pictures! This was the last major stop on our journey, and the one I looked forward to the most. I had been lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica when I was in college with my sister. We went zip lining when we were there and we just both really loved that trip. I was excited to re-visit and knew we wanted to try to zip line again. This is the only day we did an excursion purchased through the ship. Tom and I both really enjoyed it. We definitely didn’t see as much as the country as I had previous, since were were on a bus to and from the zip lining and it was 2 hours away. However all the people you meet in Costa Rica are so nice and it really just seems like a laid back type of lifestyle there.
Banana plantations everywhere. In Costa Rica, they don’t even pay for bananas, they have such a surplus. On the left, the start of bananas! Aren’t they so small and cute at this stage? On the right, a coco plant which will eventually be turned into chocolate!
There was a lot of waiting for our turn to zip line, so we made friends with the cruise ship workers who were also on the excursion. This is how you find out all the secrets to cruising.Baby monkey with his mama!Some of the pictures turned out a little blurry. I didn’t attempt to try to zipline and take pictures so all the photos are of me, sorry Tommy.
Someone really needed a cheeseburger when we got back on the ship!
Our next stop was the Panama Canal. We weren’t able to get off at this “port”, you just got up before sunrise and crowded onto the front deck for hours to watch the slow process of entering the locks. It was an interesting experience, but not exactly what I had pictured it being like. They are in the process of making a larger lock, our boat barely fit and you could hear the sides scrape as we entered the first lock. One of the facts I found most interesting about this process was that all ships pay by weight to enter. We of course were really heavy and it cost our boat 300,000 dollars to go through the locks. We docked in the lake after the first lock, then went back through the way we came. This money has to be wired within 2 days of arrival and they don’t accept checks or credit cards. A man once swam through the locks and he had to pay as well, and I think they said his cost was like 37 cents.