Greg Beetham wrote:
Nice view Henry, you did well to be ‘on deck’ at that time in the morning at that altitude and the prevailing conditions.
Greg, I got up at 4:00 AM and then rode in a vehicle in the dark to a parking area and then climbed for about 45 minutes up the steep Sarangkot trail using a flashlight to get to the top. It was still dark, but there was enough light to make out the mountains. I checked the photos I took and the first one was at 6:15 AM so that means it was probably about 5:55 or 6:00 when I got to the top. Around 6:15 was when the first sunlight hit the very tops of Fishtail and Annapurna. The panorama was taken at 6:30 AM after the sunlight had started moving down the mountains.
I am still working on the trip photos in LR, getting a few more prepared each day, but for 3 days I got sidetracked. On Friday last week I got a new laptop to use for working on photos and use Lightroom:
i7-3630qm (4 cores, each with hyperthreading)
Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 2gb
4 USB 3.0 ports
This new one is quite a bit faster and also has the new, much faster USB 3.0 ports. I have some USB 3.0 1tb portable external hds that I use for backup and also sometimes use in normal use so it is good that access to them is much faster than with USB 2.0. Windows 8 also starts up and shuts down much faster. If it wasn't for the fact that I was using Lightroom though I would have been happy to keep using the old computer since with everything else it is fast and works very well. Lightroom uses a lot of resources so it was a bit sluggish on my laptop that I bought 2.5 years ago though so I decided to get a new one. Here is my old one:
i3-330m (2 cores, each with hyperthreading)
8gb ram (had 4gb when I bought it, but I upped it to 8gb a few months ago)
4 USB 2.0 ports
I was busy over the weekend getting the new computer all configured and installed all my software. For the last couple of days I have finally started using it. Lightroom is snappier now and that was the reason to upgrade. I am planning to buy a 128gb mSATA SSD for it and install that soon. I'll use 64gb as a cache for the 1tb hd and 64gb as an additional very fast disk where I will put my Lightroom db catalog and the photo previews it generates. That should be another boost in Lightroom performance.