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Picture(s) A Day – 4 January 2011 – Fuji Finepix XP10 Night Testing

Well, another 10 hour day is in the books and I have another one to deal with tomorrow.  The 10 hour days aren’t as bad as the 12 hour days, but they’re still no walk in the park.  I know people work as many if not more hours in other jobs – I did that during my time in car sales.  The difficulty in working that many hours in my type of job is that your mind rarely has any time to rest.  We’re constantly thinking, analyzing, and doing our best to work with the customers who often aren’t all that thrilled to be talking to a repair technician in the first place.  We can’t do anything by rote or by repetition.  It’s mentally tiring in a way I never knew before taking this job six years ago.  To add to the mental fatigue, I’ve only had one day off since 19 December 2010.  I’m ready for some time off.

4 January 2011 - My HHR out in the parking lot at work

4 January 2011 - My HHR out in the parking lot at work

4 January 2011 - Panorama - Leaving work after a 12 hour day

4 January 2011 - Panorama - Leaving work after a 12 hour day

One of the downsides of working so much overtime for me personally has been the limited opportunities and energy for photography and blogging.  I’ve got a GREAT new camera, but I really haven’t had very many opportunities to get out and use it.  I decided to try out some more of its night capabilities.  The Nikon only has a two second maximum exposure, but the new Fuji has a four second maximum exposure.  That might not matter to many people out there, but if you look through my pictures you’ll see I like to take pictures in low light situations without flash.  A longer exposure on a tripod allows the use of a “faster film speed” which gives you finer grain.  I took these outside of work when I left at 1900 hours.  I think it’ll work out beautifully in this role :cool:

That’s it for today, but I’ll try to get back here again soon :)  Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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3 comments to Picture(s) A Day – 4 January 2011 – Fuji Finepix XP10 Night Testing

  • I know people work as many if not more hours in other jobs…

    In my last job my SysAdmins and DBAs worked 12-hour shifts every day, by choice. We had a very benevolent schedule, tho… four-on, four-off… and that was the way the troops wanted it. As IT pros, these guys were salaried… so there wasn’t any such thing as “overtime.”

    I worked 12 hour days every day as well, as their manager. I had to be in the office before 0700 if I wanted to spend time with my night shift (and I DID want face-time with the guys and gals), as they left at 0700. So I hit the door at 0630 every day and rarely if ever left before 1830 hrs, coz MY management had expectations. I did that sorta thang for over two and a half years straight and it was mostly six days a week, too, seven days if we had a big upgrade or a migration in progress. Twelve hour days are VERY common in the IT industry, Jeff.

    The camera takes good night pics!

  • Kath

    While schedule changes are normal, being told today, midway thru the day, that I now HAVE to work 12 hours for however many days and the weekend — that can get a little old.

    When you are doing it as the regular course of business, or as Buck seems to be saying some of his schedule was by choice, that’s a bit different.

    It’s that day after day and no real end in sight that wears you out.

    • as Buck seems to be saying some of his schedule was by choice…

      The choice bits were on the part of my shift workers. We were a 7x24x365 operation and I had my concerns about people not being as sharp as they should be towards the end of a 12 hour shift. I voiced my concerns but was ultimately satisfied with the results the troops delivered. I was blessed with VERY competent and dedicated folks.

      I was never very happy with MY hours, OTOH, but one does what one must. One of the reasons I retired early (aside from the fact I COULD) is I got sick and tired of the never-ending death march. I don’t know why, but every damned position I held in my IT career was like that: a never-ending death march. It paid well, tho. :-)

      All THAT said… I hear ya about sudden and unanticipated schedule changes, Kath. Those are the WORST. Hang in there.

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