Sorting the wheat from the chaff

Sorting the wheat from the chaff

February 6, 2012 Old Blog Uncategorized 0

So, today I am mostly sifting through the reams and reams of photos that Chennai Challenge teams of the past have taken.  I cannot even begin to guess how many thousands of photos this means in practice.  That’s 10 people’s photos, from a 3 week trip to India, for every year since 2005.  Let me tell you – since digital photography people do not care how many rubbish photos they take.  Once upon a time taking a photo meant using one of the 24 (maybe 36) images on the 35mm roll of film currently nestled into the belly of your camera.  The more photos you took, the more money it cost to have them developed – and in order to see them, you had to have them developed.  Not anymore.  My computer has been loading the thumbnail images in this Chennai Challenge folder for a good hour now, and who knows how far it has still to go.

The aim of today is to delete the blurred photos that are of no use, the photos of sleeping team members (every year), the photos taken when the boys stole the camera for half an hour.  This is easier said than done.  Happily along the way I am finding some interesting pictures that are cheering my day.  Let me see – I shall upload some here to maybe cheer your day too:

This was a lovely day – the temple elephants snotted all over Charlotte and Ellie’s hair, which made Cathy and I laugh quite a lot.

On this day a small group of us visited the temple town of Kanchipuram.



Weirder is the following photo from the chicken shop on Ritherdon Road…

Why on earth they felt the need to dye the poor things flourescent goodness only knows!

But, I digress, as ever when looking over old photos!  There are of course pros and cons to digital photography.  The dross that I am now wading through is certainly one of the cons.  If people felt there was more worth to each photograph they took then perhaps they would be more frugal and take care with every photo they took.  I am pretty sure I did when I had my film camera the first year I went to India.  Having said that, the number of decent photos I came away with is probably about the same.

For us it is also really nice to be able to show the boys the photos there and then on the little screen on the back of the camera.  Without that we would have to wait a year before we could show them the result.  Now, I know we have a problem with instant gratification in our society, but really – that is too long to wait surely? So there’s a pro.

Well, I guess I should just get back to my task or it will never get done.   Joy!  Let me know in the comments what you prefer – digital or…well, real photography.  And wish me luck as I sort the wheat from the chaff.



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