New Glasses?

I’ve been thinking about getting a pair to replace my current ones for a couple of months. The last time I got new glasses was about 4 years ago, just before I went to Europe with my family. The prescription is out of date, part of the anti-glare coating is starting to come off, and they’re a tiny bit banged up from general use.

I’m almost 1/2 and 1/2 with my contacts and glasses wearing time, mostly because I hate dinking around with putting my contacts in (read as: lazy).

I was at Costco the other day and tried on a couple of frames:

Frame 1: Converse
Frame 2: Richard Taylor
Frame 3: Converse
Frame 4: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Additional thoughts?

4 Replies to “New Glasses?”

  1. Andrew, good taste in glasses. On a completely unrelated note, I meant to ask this way back, but as you can tell didn’t. As someone that has used Lightroom on a Netbook as mobile workstation, what were impressions of the combination? Very interested on your opinions on sufficient processor and memory, screen size and resolution, hard drive storage as well as general “usefulness” plus anything else you feel about it. Also how much “primary” editing did you do on it as a workstation or was it simply “review and back up” resource.

    1. James,

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It’s been one of those…well, months I guess. Anyway.

      I knew from prior experience that I would have to edit photos in the field because I didn’t want to go through 3800 photos when I got back to the US. Thus, editing on the go was more of a necessity than a choice. My primary computer is a laptop (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz), and I thought about taking that. However, I opted against it for security reasons (I was already bringing over $1000 of camera equipment…didn’t need to add a $1500+ tablet laptop to sweeten the deal).

      I should probably do a more extensive blog post on how I used my netbook, but I’ve already sold it (I literally got it just for this trip/purpose). I would not recommend using a netbook as a mobile workstation. I made an active decision to not heavily edit the photos I took (mostly just basic fixes and cropping). This decision was due to the sheer amount of photos I was taking (on average, over sixty photos a day for two straight months) and the extra amount of time it took to edit them on a netbook versus my laptop. While I was editing, I really couldn’t run any other applications.

      I did have plenty of storage though, 160 GB of space and I only used 25GB or so for photos. I also made sure to have two copies of my photos at all times. So I shot with three memory cards and would rotate through them. At the end of each day, I would dump the photos to my computer (now I have a copy on the memory card and a copy on the computer). I would edit as fast as I could and then upload them to Flickr, then I would reuse the memory card they came from (now I have a copy on my computer and a copy in the clouds). When I got home, I transfered all the photos from my netbook to my primary storage drive (which incidentally also backs up all my photos using a backup service).

      Screen size was small, not really great for seeing detail, 1024×600 resolution on a 10″ screen. But it worked. Processor was very underpowered for using Lightroom. I believe it was a 1.6 GHz single core Atom processor (which is a low voltage processor), so it was slooooow. 1GB of RAM on Windows XP worked out well enough as long as I didn’t let Lightroom suck up too much.

      It was good solution for a very unique situation. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks Andrew, that’s just the kind of hands on info I was looking for (don’t worry about the delay, I completely understand about time and availability) and it definitely backed up my thoughts on the matter. Keep on shooting, I love seeing your new work and I’ll do the same. Also, when are we going to find out which glasses you went with, especially since that’s what this post was about 🙂

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