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I used a Canon 5D Mk 2 camera with a 70-300mm DO image stabilised zoom lens and a 24-105mm f/4 image stabilised zoom lens. The 5D is a "full-frame" camera and so the focal length factor is just 1.0

I used one 32GB camera memory card; a "600x" UDMA CF card that was very fast. I downloaded the images to a laptop computer nightly and started with a clean card most days. I always shot in RAW and viewed the images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

I used an HP laptop computer that is relatively small and light with a dual-core processor. The internal solid-state hard drive was fast but didn't have much room for photographs (the 5D Mk2 produces RAW files of 28 to 30 MB each). I used an external SSD hard drive for primary image storage. For backup I used a conventional portable hard drive.

The images were imported into Photoshop Lightroom daily. Lightroom ran very well and it was easy to add keywords and captions to the images, “in the field”. When we got home, it was easy to copy the images and their metadata into Lightroom on our desktop computer, by connecting the external SSD hard drive to the desktop computer.

I do not delete many images, either from the camera or the hard drive, unless they are a total disaster. I do not have the time to examine the photos carefully (nor a large screen – the laptop is 15 inches) and I also find that my opinion of some images changes over time. So, I bring almost everything home.

I took two rechargeable batteries for the camera and two multiple-voltage battery chargers with adapters for local sockets. This was satisfactory.

Overall, the trio of digital camera, laptop computer, and hard drive worked, for me and my needs.

Once home, I import the images from the laptop external hard drive to a desktop computer and use Adobe Lightroom to sort out any "duds" and rank the remainder. Those that I plan to post to the Web are moved to a Lightroom collection and developed using the develop module in Lightroom. Where necessary, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements or CS4 to make additional changes. Image 90 was created in Photoshop CS5 by combining 3 images taken with bracketed exposures (the HDR technique). Finally, images are resized and saved as jpegs using Lightroom's export feature.

I wrote the Web site with Dreamweaver and manage it with Dreamweaver. I used Adobe Cold Fusion programming to simplify reusing code from exhibition to exhibition.

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