Chimneys before there was a challenge

3 chimneys from a spring time ride

This obviously isn’t Front Street!

Massive fireplace chimney also on Washington Street

All the green and trees leafing out look very good right now

Chimney (paralleling the pole) at Hoopes Mansion

I stumbled across these photos while scanning thru previous photo folders — which brings up a question.

Like a guy on American Pickers once said, “My storage system is excellent, my retrieval system not so much”

Question is:  How do you guys organize your photos to be able to find previous photos, and, at some point do you transfer files to an external drive?

 

8 response to "Chimneys before there was a challenge"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 8, 2022

    Like a guy on American Pickers once said, “My storage system is excellent, my retrieval system not so much”

    AKA “Filing is easy, finding files is hard.”

    I move all photos to computer hard drive. I name each file with date in YYYYMMDD format plus sequence number for that day plus short name of subject, such as 20220108-1000-chimney.jpg. All photos from a particular ride go into a folder named with date plus location of ride, such as 20220108-greenway. Those folders go inside annual folders, such as 2022. All very anal, but that’s what happens when you’re a software engineer. And of course I still can’t find anything.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 8, 2022

      Thanks! I have a lot of sorting and filing to do . . .

      “And of course I still can’t find anything.”

      Aint it the truth!! As long as Im stumbling over stuff I know where it is. 😉

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: January 8, 2022

    I basically do the same as Bill. All pictures are in folders by date: years, months, days. Each day has a short tag like “ride starnberg”. The present year is on my hard drive and previous years are on external hard drives. I’m not good at finding anything either. And I have so many thousands of pictures. I could delete 3/4 of them, but that also takes time since I have to pour over them before I delete.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 8, 2022

      Thanks, that does seem like a good system, far better than mine (as if I have a system) — most of the files are just random photos of anything and everything so its almost impossible to tag as a single subject.

      I began to go thru and delete some, but soon decided oh, what the hell . . . . . LOL

  3. By: gregblood Posted: January 8, 2022

    Storage system? Retrieval system? Almost all of the pictures I take are for either my bike touring journals, Cycle365, or my cooking blog. I delete 90% of those pictures as soon as I post them on-line and I hardly ever look at the ones I’ve saved. I also have a small box filled with an entire lifetime of non-digital photos. I rarely look at them either. Hope that helps.

    • By: gregblood Posted: January 8, 2022

      Correction: I do actually save almost all of my bike touring photos, just as I’ve saved almost all of my backpacking photos taken on film.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 8, 2022

      We too have tons of non digital photos we seldom (read never) look at.
      Showing said photos to others is a sure way to put them into a catatonic state.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: January 8, 2022

    I like Greg’s system quite a lot. 😉. It is hard to got through and delete one by one, and like most everyone, I do not often look back at any photos from the past — including the boxes and albums full of those non-digital ones. I find it quite the dilemma of being able to take so many photos and have them on the computer to never look at again 🙄,

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