Celebrating Our 500th Episode! (Podcast 500)

by | Dec 7, 2015 | Musings, OMG!, Podcast | 6 comments

Welcome to the 500th episode of the Martin Bailey Photography Blogcast! I did have a fun video hangout for you to watch today, but Google’s gargantuan half-assedness has put the mockers on that, so I’ve edited an audio backup for release today. I do hope you enjoy this conversation, which would not even exist if it wasn’t for Mike “Sharky” James, the host of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast, so thanks so much Sharky for your help during the recording, and for creating the backup for us. You literally saved my bacon!

Basically, what happened is, we had a great, fun conversation, that I recorded as a Google Hangout on Air. I’ve recorded almost a 100 of these over the last four years or so, and never had a problem, so I almost didn’t even ask Sharky to make the backup, but because I’d heard horror stories from Frederick Van Johnson of the This Week in Photo podcast, about hangout’s disappearing, I figured it would be prudent, so I accepted Sharky’s kind offer, which basically saved the day.

[UPDATE] So, after 96 hours of processing, the hangout video finally completed, and became available, so I’m going to link it here in addition to the edited audio that I included in our blogcast feed. It’s a fun video after all. The photos and links etc. are all after this video, so scroll down to take a look.


Messages from…

You can also find the Vallerret Photography Gloves that I mentioned here: https://photographygloves.com/

Here are the images from the participants that we mentioned.

Gray Jay - Rick Andrews

Gray Jay – Rick Andrews

Mule Deer - Rick Andrews

Mule Deer – Rick Andrews

Polar Bear - Rick Andrews

Polar Bear – Rick Andrews

Moose - Rick Andrews

Moose – Rick Andrews

White Pelican - Rick Andrews

White Pelican – Rick Andrews

Garter Snake - Rick Andrews

Garter Snake – Rick Andrews

Northern Flicker - Rick Andrews

Northern Flicker – Rick Andrews

Flowerscape - Omar Gonzalez

Flowerscape – Omar Gonzalez

Bee - Omar Gonzalez

Bee – Omar Gonzalez

Hoboken Boy Jumping - Omar Gonzalez

Hoboken Boy Jumping – Omar Gonzalez

NYC - Omar Gonzalez

NYC – Omar Gonzalez

Yellow Orchid - Susanna M Euston

Yellow Orchid – Susanna M Euston

Orange Orchid - Susanna M Euston

Orange Orchid – Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees - Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees – Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees - Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees – Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees - Susanna M Euston

ICM Trees – Susanna M Euston

Church in Vik - Rod Wilson

Church in Vik – Rod Wilson

And here are the two products that I showed during the conversation.

Sekonic L-758D Digital Master Light Meter

Sekonic L-758D Digital Master Light Meter

Vallerret Photography Gloves

Vallerret Photography Gloves

Remember, you can get some of these photography gloves at: https://photographygloves.com/

Show Notes

Check out the PetaPixel Photography Podcast here: http://petapixel.com/podcast/

Vallerret Photography Gloves are here: https://photographygloves.com/

Music by Martin Bailey


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  1. Pete Bullmore

    Congrats Martin!!!!!!!
    Faithful long-time listener from Texas. Please give us more for many years to come. You are the best!!!!

    • Martin Bailey

      Thanks so much Pete, both for continuing to listen, and for the wonderful message. I sure will continue, for as many years as possible, and hope you continue to enjoy it.

  2. Mark Sippola

    Congratulations on your 500th episode Martin! I have been listening since around Episode 180 or so. I was going to leave a voice mail but technical difficulties on my end prevented it from happening. Anyway, I always appreciate your podcast and your combination of information and inspiration. Keep it up and I look forward to the next 500 shows!

    Hope to see you in Greenland one of these days.

    • Martin Bailey

      Hi Mark,

      Nice to hear from you! Thanks for continuing to listen, and for the kind words.

      We need more people on board to make Greenland work this year, but hopefully it will go ahead. Fingers crossed!


  3. Richard Messenger

    This was fun!

    I even enjoyed you having a wee chunter about Sekonic not supporting an 8 year old product. It sounded like me! I do totally agree.

    It may be useful for others to know that i’ve had similar problems with Epson not writing new drivers for thier scanners for new versions of Operating Systems. BUT they may have put that right on the evidence of my having just upgraded to Windows 10.

    Much more worrying in my mind is the approach of Drobo. I have a Drobo 2 which I believe is about the same age as your Sekonic. BUT for me it is downright rude for a compnay selling data security to no longer support their products after that length of time. It seemed that the AC power adaptor had failed and I wanted to replace it. I think it is very poor for Drobo to say that they no longer supply that item. For someone who is, like me, a numbskull with electroinics it is not esepcially useful to be pointed vaguely in the direction of Amazon. As I pointed out to Drobo (to the deafening response of silence) 3 to 5 recommendations, a list of the specification which is required, would have been helpful. Still, none of that is so very useful if you’re a customer sweating over potentlally lost data in a third world country. Drobo are saying we will make your data secure, but not for all that long. Not a sales pitch which works too well for me!

    Congratulations on the 500 Martin. I am delighted for the way that things have gone for you, and it is no more than you deserve.

    • Martin Bailey

      Hi Richard,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this, including my chunter. 🙂

      I know what you mean. A company like Drobo selling hardware should make it easier to buy parts over a long period of time, especially as their drives are supposed to let you do a rolling upgrade of the capacity by replacing the drives inside, not the Drobo itself.

      Having said that, when my Drobo 2 broke, I replaced it with the Drobo 5D and just transferred all of my data across from my backup. The Drobo 2’s warranty had already expired, so I didn’t worry too much about this. I do hope you have some sort of a backup of the data on your Drobo 2 as well Richard. The Drobo doesn’t really come with a guarantee against failure. It’s got redundancy, but there’s no guarantee that the unit itself won’t fail.

      Anyway, enough of that. I hope you’ve had a great Christmas Richard, and may you have a wonderful 2016!



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