Housecleaning can be valuable

Evening Light in the Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Evening Light in the Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

It seems to me one of the hardest things for photographers to do is to edit our own images. With the lower cost of storage space, it is easier to buy a new hard drive than it is to actually delete images. I have had several people tell me that they don’t get better sitting on your hard drive.

With this suggestion in mind, I took on the task of sorting through images reevaluating and deleting  what I have stored. In so doing I was able to clear some valuable hard drive space.  Even more important to me I found several images that I had taken last year that I had not even evaluated. The image at the top of this page is one example of what I found. The task of evaluating actually turned out to be fun as I was able to see the possibility of these images being of value to me.

Keep in mind that housecleaning can be great for gaining space as well as finding images that you definitely need to reconsider. I guess the final thought would be evaluate, delete, edit and gain.

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3 responses to “Housecleaning can be valuable

  1. Thank God for big hard drives, but what an onerous task it is to clear them when you’re a digital packrat! As my editing skills increase and I become more creative in my post-processing,I find shots I would have once deleted without a thought now tug at me, begging for a second chance. “Imagine this one with the colored pencil effect used on it”, a little voice in the back of my mind begs.

  2. This is a beautiful shot of the unique Palouse and is worthy of this verse, which I wrote in my head decades ago while traveling through regularly, hauling wood shavings in a big truck to WSU. I’ve never written it down anywhere that I recall and this is all I remember of several stanzas.

    Flowing mounds of greens and browns
    That drop the earth, then toss it high
    While shadows, dancing from the sky,
    Play with patches of sunlight.

  3. garyhamburgh

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for your comments and the honor you give to my photo sharing your very descriptive verse. I am glad you have the love of the land in that area that I also feel.

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