I just received my new Macbook Pro and am currently in the process of making the switch from PC to Mac. Actually, it's not as hard or as time consuming as I thought it would be! I can already tell that this laptop (yes, a laptop) blows away the Dell 420 desktop I have been using for the last 4 years (that's with performance upgrades installed, too).
While performing this switch, I am also taking the opportunity to clean up my file storage structure and streamlining my workflow. Now, that is going to take some time! I hope to have everything set up and in place by the beginning of the new year. My website portal (adventuretravelart.com), however, will take a bit more time to get things in place as I want them. I'm pretty much a self-taught hack when it comes to web design and CSS coding. As I was just starting to get things down using Microsoft Expression, I now find myself switching to yet another web authoring software - Dreamweaver. At least now, all of my primary software will be Adobe products (Lightroom, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premier Elements...).
Sometime during the next month, I will also need to take care of my back. I have a herniated and degenerative L4/L5 disc that is impinging on a few nerves and causing a lot of problems for me. This has been going on for years, and has finally become so bad that I have to do something about it. At this point, surgery is the most likely course of action, and I will know for sure in the coming days.
Even if I am laid up for a few days or weeks or even for a month or two, at least I have this kick-ass laptop that I can work on from anywhere now! I'm pretty stoked about that!
I hope everyone has a great holiday season. Here in Germany, and all around Europe, it is definitely a special time of year. The Christmas markets kicked off this past weekend in most cities, marking the start of advent. Although I won't physically be able to get out to photograph any of the markets this year, I do have so great pieces from some of last years markets. You can view them here:
Adventure Travel Art - Christmas