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Burning Down the Backlog…

March 19, 2020
© Jim Miller – Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)

In my day-to-day job we talk about burning down the backlog. Effectively, we have identified things that need to get done, but are not the highest priority when we discovered them. So they go into the backlog. Those items still have to be done. When things slow down we can go back and fix those issues. And in doing that we say we were successful in burning down the backlog.

Effectively I’ve created a huge backlog of processing to do over the years. For me, a day of shooting is a wonderful stress reliever. A bad day of shooting is better than a good day doing just about anything else.

And when I got those images home, I’d look at them. I’d share a few on Facebook. I’d edit a few and make them part of a blog post. I might even process a couple and put them in my portfolio. But the rest would sit on the virtual shelf in my hard drive, collecting virtual dust. They became my backlog.

Winter is still very much a reality here in Colorado. Some medical concerns keep me from traipsing out in the snow to do some shooting. And COVID-19 looms as its own threat.

I have completed processing my first three shoots of the year. So I am burning down my backlog of previous shoots and am being very productive at it.

Right now I am in one Lightroom library of shots from early 2016. It consists of five different days of shooting.
– One very productive day at the Rocking R6 Ranch near Laredo in Webb County, Texas.
– Three quick visits to Crescent Bend Nature park in Cibolo, Texas.
– And a day trip out to South Llano River State Park near Junction, Texas.

And when I get those five done, I will only have 215 additional shoots to harvest images from (out of a total of 262 total shoots from my Canon 60D and my Canon 7D Mark II).

I really need to do something about my backlog…

About the image:
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
Kimble County, Texas – February 2016
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1)
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head
ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/10 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #0856
Image Size in Portfolio: 3198×2558

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