8.27.2007

University Road Race at UCSC

I spent my Sunday on the campus at UCSC taking photographs of the University Road Race. It was a long day that started out very cloudy and overcast but sunned up quite nicely by the later races.

The course was a three mile loop up Hagar Drive, across McLaughlin and down the high speed arcing loop of Coolidge. The top racers went out first for a mere 20 lap race, that's 60 miles for the mathematically challenged.

I can't begin to express how impressed I was by their speed, stamina and tenacity. It made me feel very slow on my mountain bike. But I took solace in the fact that I could dyno down a set of stairs and not worry about destroying my rims and blowing out my tires.

But boy oh boy can they rip it up on nice pavement.

After the top men's racers were the lower tiers, the 35+ masterclass and the women racers. By the end of the day the sun was in full effect and the coolness of the morning was gone, replaced by bright, warm California sun.

I stayed until I'd completely filled up my 2 gig memory card and headed home about halfway through the last three races of the day, being run concurrently. Then came and comes the long processing of those 400 or so photos, correcting them for lighting and enhancing them for printing, uploading them to my e-store.

Ont he marketing side, my wife and two boys were super champs. They came up, walked the parking lot and handed out cards with the website and my photography company's name, CarpeVivo Photography.

Of course, things are never as simple or easy as they should be. After uploading photos from my camera, I burned a proof DVD and set it aside, in case of serious computer issues (burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame one me). Then I started to process the images, working in batches and creating folders with all the images from each race. Once I had gotten the first race done, I started to upload thumbnails to my Backprint.com site, a process which took more than two hours for 55 photos. And, when I went to check my site, all of the images were broken. And I freaked out.

Bear in mind that this was after 11 pm last night, I'd been up since before 6 (thanks to Nande wanting out at 5) and I just wanted to cap off the day and go to sleep. But I had to sit and see if I could get a workaround. Nope. But I did figure out what was preventing me from loading up my blog so that was something.

Apparently, during the password fiasco last week, a Firewall setting had been switched off when it should not have been. I did not do it, I know that. But it got switched off and, once it was switched back on, voila, blog appears!

Anyway, I need to get back to processing the rest of the photos and get them uploading to the site. Only a couple hundred left to go. Maybe when I'm all done I'll look into a batch processing application or see if I can automate the process a bit.

Oh yeah, and I need to rattle the cage of the company I want to hire me. Let them know that they would be doing themselves a disservice by not interviewing me.

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