I have been home one month from our big adventure and I’m still sorting through photos. I tried to categorize them by date, but my camera went wackydoodle and every time I changed SD cards, it went to some random date from the past. Complicate that with the fact that I had two cameras going – a small one for shooting out the car window and a bigger one for tours, etc. Needless to say, I have some issues with getting things in the right place.
Considering that I took over 10,000 photos in the month I was away, I’m doing pretty well with working through them in this length of time. I’ve already deleted over 2,000 because they were blurred or duplicates. I think I’ve seen them all, then I discover another little batch with one or two amazing shots in it. The photos I use in my blog are not necessarily the best ones, but ones that bring back the feeling or the memories of having been there. I’ve included a few in this blog from one file – Driving through Scotland.
Looking at all of these images has burned the experience into my heart and brain. I know where home is and where my heart is, but Scotland and Ireland have taken root inside of me as well. I miss the people I traveled with as if they have become part of my family. A month with strangers has a way of turning them into friends.
This mountain of digital photos I’m still working through will certainly keep the dream and the people alive. But I want to get them organized, categorized, filed away, and give it a rest. I have a novel to finish, the holidays to manage, and all the demands of day to day life, so I really need to be able to have peace about all of these images and let them go for a while. I’m so very thankful for God’s blessings on this journey, for being able to make the trip, and for having the privilege to photograph such a wide variety of beautiful things. With this in mind, it seems like having this ton of images organized in a way that can be useful is part of my responsibility after having made the journey.
I’m wondering how other camera crazy people decompress after such a journey and so many photos to work through. Any good advice is welcomed.