Friday, April 06, 2007

A Few Numbers

Out of morbid curiosity, I spent a few minutes this morning going through my external hard drive and browsing my photo folders.

On May 13, 2006, I bought a Canon 30D digital SLR.

Since then, I've taken exactly 74,441 photos.

This means several things -- none of which are terribly important, but some of which are fairly worrisome.

If 328 days = 74,441 photos,
Then 1 day = 227 photos,
And 1 hour = 9.4 photos,
So every 6.35 minutes I take a photo.

In and of itself, that bit of information isn't terribly concerning; I think everyone's become used to me lugging my camera wherever I go. But let's stop to consider that, as much as I'd like to, I can't actually be awake and with my camera 24/7. Assuming that I spend roughly a quarter of my life sleeping (a generous estimate, but we'll stick with it):

Then if 1 day = 227 photos,
And if I am awake for 18 hours a day,
1 hour = 12.6 photos,
So every 4.76 minutes I take a photo.

Getting stranger, but still manageable. But then we need to take into account that I actually have classes and jobs that probably would be less than thrilled with my constant shutterbugging. So 18 hours of class a week + 12 hours of work a week = another 4.3 hours missing from every day. Thus:

If 1 day = 227 photos,
And if I am awake and not at work or in class for 13.7 hours a day,
1 hour = 16.6 photos,
So every 3.61 minutes I take a photo.

But 13.7 hours a day is still a lot of free time (and I'm pretty positive I'm not just walking around with a camera that much on a daily basis). Let's say that I spend a total of 1.5 hours every day eating, another 3 hours a day at the Spectator office, and an hour a day working in the architecture studio. Then,

If 1 day = 227 photos,
And if I am awake and not working or eating for 8.2 hours a day,
1 hour = 27.7 photos,
So every 2.16 minutes I take a photo.


1 comment:

Tristan said...

ya so i greatly underestimated what would become of a measly terabyte server with this volume of photos... time to start reading the abstracts on google's compression schema