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The Drobo is Back

Newlands Valley, The Lake District.
Newlands Valley, The Lake District. Fuji X-T2, 18-135 lens, ISO200, 1/220″ at f/10.0. Post processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

After all my recent problems the Drobo is now back up and running. BUT, it only using three disks and not four.

In my previous post on the subject I mentioned that I had to return one of the replacement 3TB drives that had failed. To replace that drive, I ordered a new 4TB from Amazon. When this drive arrived, I tried to add it to the Drobo, but it didn’t seem to fit. It was actually loose in the drive bay.

After some head scratching as to the problem, I compared the drive to one of the old drives and realised it wasn’t as high. It wasn’t the standard size for a 3.5” disk drive. Checking Amazon there was nothing to indicate the unusual size but looking at the physical dimensions of the drive it listed the height as 2cm. Checking other 3.5” drives I realised they were all listed as 2.7cm.

So be warned, if you’re buying additional drives for your Drobo or NAS, check the height of the drive. There are now slimline disks on the market and they don’t fit standard drive bays.

I will pick up a fourth drive at some point, but I just wanted to get the Drobo up and running. I have now copied my backup onto the Drobo and recovered as many images as possible from my formatted memory cards. I’m missing a couple of hundred images but more annoyingly a lot of video I shot for a future YouTube posting. At least the bulk of my images are safe though and I hope you like this one.

Friday Image No.190

View down to Honister Pass from Dale Head, Lake District, Cumbria, UK.
View down to Honister Pass from Dale Head, Lake District. Fuji X-T2, Fuji 18-135 lens, ISO200, f/11.0, 1/125″.

If you know the Lake District, you will know there are a few amazing passes to drive:

  • Wrynose/Hardknott
  • Kirkstone
  • Honister

Whilst these passes are spectacular, you might not realise the best view is often above you.

The image here is looking down onto Honister Pass from the summit of Dale Head (753m). It doesn’t sound much but it can be a bit of a slog when you have walked around the other hills in the Newlands Horseshoe. You can see the road and the river running in parallel along the valley and in the distance is Buttermere.

Despite having walked the rout several times, this is one of the best views I have experienced. In the past it’s often been foggy or raining hard with poor visibility.

Initially I thought this would be a colour shot but then I tried the black and white conversion and thought, that’s the one. In case you’re interested, here is the colour version.

View down to Honister Pass from Dale Head, Lake District.
Colour version of the image.

Have a great weekend.

PS My Lenscraft July newsletter is out tomorrow.

Friday Image No. 187

View from Dale Head looking towards Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria.
View from Dale Head looking towards Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria. Fuji X-T2, 10-24mm lens, ISO200, 1/70″ at f/11.0. Kase Polarising Filter and 0.6 ND Graduated filter. Handheld.

I must admit that this isn’t the image I intended to share with you today. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to share the planned image. When I came to switch on my Drobo storage, my Mac won’t recognise it and the unit won’t mount as a drive. I also tried it on my PC, but it can’t be read. Running Windows chkdsk reports a corrupt File Master Table that it can’t fix. I’m sure the images are still on the drive but it’s looking like I need some serious data recovery software.

I will though share this image which I shot earlier in the week. This is the view from the summit of Dale Head in the Lake District. The lake in the distance is Buttermere and the river and road in the valley is Honister Pass. This was a great walk taking us from our accommodation, over Cat Bells followed by Maiden Moore, High Spy, Dale Head and then Hindscarth before descending to Little Town and back to the start (around 23Km).

This was also a memorable walk as I tore the tendon in my knee just as I came off the top of Hindscarth. It took around 3 hours of agony to get down and back to our accommodation. I’m now hobbling around and in the hands of my Physio who’s also treating me for a torn tendon in my shoulder. It’s not been a good week!

I hope you like the photo and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 176

Derwentwater, The Lake District
Derwentwater, The Lake District, UK. Fuji X-T2, 16-55 lens, ISO200, 1/60″ at f/11.0.

Some of the best light you can find as a photographer is in a storm. But you don’t want to be in the storm, you want to be on the edge looking in. That’s something you can’t plan for; you need to get lucky.

And so it was with this shot looking across Derwentwater.

Here the snow storm is passing across the other side of the lake. It also helps that the sun was setting at the same time. Talk about being lucky. When you spot moments like this you need to be ready. Fortunately, I was ready with the Fuji X-T2.

The image was captured from a tripod using the 16-55 Fuji lens. The RAW file was then converted in Lightroom using the Fuji Provia profile. Enhancement of the warm area on the horizon was applied using Nik Viveza. Processing was then completed using On1 Photo RAW 2018 by adding Dynamic Contrast to the dark areas of land, followed by the Glow and Vignette filters.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.175

Derwentwater, Keswick, The lake District.
Derwentwater, Keswick, The lake District. Fuji X-T2, 10-24mm lens, ISO200, f/9.0, 2.1 seconds.

Let’s start with a big apology; the Friday image this week is late and I’m sorry.

I know, it’s Saturday but it’s been a very, very busy week. Despite this, I still wanted to share the image I had earmarked.

I shot this a couple of weeks back on an icy trip to the Lake District with my friend Steve. It was one of the last images of the day. The sun had set but the afterglow it created was amazing and the colours were intense but soft.

The post-processing was using On1 Photo RAW 2018. I will try to find time to work up a video about this as there are a few neat tricks users might be interested in.

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

Friday Image No.173

Derwentwater, Keswick, Lake District.
Derwentwater, Keswick, Lake District. Fuji X-T2, 10-24 lens at 10mm. ISO200, 2.1 seconds at f/14.0. Tripod mounted, Kase 0.6 ND Grad filter and Kase 3 stop ND filter.

How the weather has changed this week.

Thursday, just over a week ago, we were snowed in. Friday saw most of the country grind to a halt with snow, and Saturday, only mad people ventured out. That’s when I seized my opportunity and headed up the Lake District to meet my friend Steve. It was freezing cold but a great day’s photography and is where I took the image for this post.

Today, the temperatures are threatening to head into double figures. I went outside, and it felt that Spring was in the air. I do hope so as some warm weather would make photography much more enjoyable.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.163

Yewbarrow and Red Pike, The Lake District. Fuji X-T2, Fuji 18-135 lens, ISO200, f/11.0, 1/100″

There really isn’t much to say about this image other than I love mountains. I love being high up and I love the harsh and dramatic appearance. But what really captures my attention with this image is the shadows. Without those deep shadows the image loses its appeal. Please be sure to keep your shadows; they add drama to your photography.

Hope you have a great weekend.