Equipment Review: G-Technology 8TB Thunderbolt 2 Raid Hard Drive by John Wellings

G-Technology 8tb Thunderbolt 2 Raid Hard Drive Review

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G-Tech

8tb / Thunderbolt

Straight to the point, I'm not an equipment reviewer type person. I'm not going to give you charts comparing data transfer speeds when daisy chained to several million devices or whether the drives performance is effected by sudden movements in the jet stream.

I just wanted to give a brief overview of my experience with the G-Technology 8tb Raid drive and how it compares to my other drives that i've been using the past couple of years.

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I won't go into a whole unboxing as I'm pretty sure that if you're in the market for something like this you know what to expect. Cardboard, leads and some warranty info. Thankfully both Thunderbolt and USB leads are included unlike some other drives that have you making last minutes trips to pay over the odds at a lrage retailer...

initial setup of the drive couldn't have been easier. Plug it all in, turn it on and then download the Raid controller software from G-Tech website. Oh yeah, thats the part that wasn't mentioned in the manual.

If you want to use this drive in Raid 1 then you'll need to set this up using the software found on the website. I'm sure this can be done using disk utility too but I didn't try that.

Once you've set this up as Raid 1 it effectively becomes a 4tb drive and you can start using it immediately. Its fairly quiet in use, more so than the Lacie 2Big 6tb that this carries on from. I don't really edit anything from external drives myself so i can't comment much on the speed.

Basically, it does what it needs too. Stores data and has the added bonus of being metal and pretty good looking for a hard drive. As you can see in the chart below, i've scientifally run the data.

 

The price isn't going to break the bank either, expect to pay around £5/600 depending on where you purchase it from. Link below to take you straight there.

Sport Photographer Wales: Imagery for Front Runner Events by John Wellings

Over the past year I have been working with the folks at Front Runner Events to produce images for all of their communication and promotion needs.

Front Runner organise the Swansea Half Marathon and also the Llanelli Half and Great Welsh marathons.

The goal with the images was to combine some traditional aspects of race day photography alongside a documentary approach to give comprehensive coverage of the events.

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Swansea Half.

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Great Welsh.

 

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Llanelli Half.

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Commercial Photography Wales: Island Pellet Stoves by John Wellings

Here are some images from a recent commission for Island Pellet Stoves, a company based in South Wales that produces wood pellet stoves and boilers.

They were looking for a set of images for their newly launched website that show the process of the stoves being made through to being installed in customers homes.

Here are a few of my favourite images. You can view more information on their website, https://www.islandpelletstoves.co.uk/

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Recent Work for Waitrose Weekend Magazine by John Wellings

I've had a couple of fun shoots recently for Waitrose Weekend Magazine. The first being sand yachter, Andrew Parr down on Pembrey sands. This was a really windy day down on the beach, my light stands were barely able to stand even weighed down!

The second shoot was deep in rural Wales with Scything Instructor, Phil Batten. My take away from this shoot was the horsefly bite which I suffered 30 seconds into begining the shoot which then caused my arm to swell twice its normal size. I wont be forgetting that one in a hurry!

 

Conference Photographer London by John Wellings

Conference Photographer London

I recently made the trip up the M4 to continue working for a long term client of mine, SANS Cyber Security. As part of a multi week training academy I was asked to document some of the classes, speakers and students.

If you're looking for a conference or event photographer in London then please drop me a line and we can have a chat about how we can work together.

More information on my conference and event photography can be found by clicking here.

 

Music Photographer Wales: Black Water Chemistry by John Wellings

Popped up to Cardiff bay a few nights ago to shoot some promo for the lads in Black Water Chemistry. 

Shoot me a message if you're looking for a band photographer and we'll sort something out!

 

Commercial Photographer Wales: Martsons Inn Llanelli by John Wellings

So it appears there's been a bit of a gap between this and my last blog post! Some of that is down to me being on a road trip around the west coast of the USA (Pics and blog post coming at some point...!) so that's my excuse!

Here are a couple of Images from a recent commercial photography commission to photograph the rooms of the newly opened Martsons Inn in Llanelli.

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PR Photographer Wales: Spark Something Good / Marks and Spencer by John Wellings

Having worked with Marks and Spencer on their beach clean campaign last year I was excited to help out again this year photographing a number of their events and projects taking place in and around Swansea.

Over the few days I spent time with volunteers helping to make over the family room at the wonderful Ty Olwen at Morriston Hospital, the Swansea Community Farm project, a 50's themed luncheon and of course, the beach clean!

It was a fun and varied shoot over the few days and it was great to be able to capture the hard work of all the volunteers that helped make it a success. 

Here is a small selection of my favourites from the first day of shooting. If you are looking for professional PR photography in Wales then please drop me a line.

 

Commercial Photographer: SANS London by John Wellings

Here are some images from a recent shoot for SANS who provide cyber security training.

I travelled up to join them at one of their London conferences and setup a mobile studio to photograph headshot portraits of their staff members.

If you're looking to create a coherent image for your staff or to just have a chat about how strong photography can help to improve the image of your business then please get in touch.



Recently Published: The Perfume Shop for Nose Magazine by John Wellings

Early on in the summer I was commissioned to photograph the staff from a branch of the Perfume Shop for their internal staff magazine. Here are some images from the shoot.

If you are looking for staff portraits for your business then please get in touch and we can have a chat about creating a strong image for your organisation.


Recently Published: Millie Marotta for Artists & Illustrators by John Wellings

I recently had the pleasure in travelling down to West Wales to photograph the talented illustrator Millie Marotta and her studio for Artists & Illustrators magazine.

The feature is in the current issue of the magazine and is out now.

You can view more of her work at her website - www.milliemarotta.co.uk 



Shooting for yourself? by John Wellings

Whenever I can I try and shoot something just for myself when I'm working. Whether thats an unusual scene or some nice light like the photo below.

 Now some say you should always shoot for yourself, and while I agree to an extent, I also think there wouldn't have been a place for an image like this on the job I was commissioned for...interested to know what others think?

Editorial Photographer Wales: FGS Tool for Wirtschafts Woche by John Wellings

I shot these portraits of Gareth Jenkins of FGS Tool for the German economic magazine Wirtschafts Woche back in June but I've been a little slow (a bit?!) on updating this blog.....

 

Business Headshots by John Wellings

From a recent shoot for Swansea based independent financial advisor firm, Distinct Financial Solutions for their new website and branding. 

The company wanted to show a more relaxed and personable side rather than keeping everything too formal which I think we achieved well.

If you are looking for stand out business and corporate headshots for your team then please get in touch. I can bring a studio along to your office and we can work together to create some great images of your team.

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Interiors: Glansevin Mansion by John Wellings

I was recently commissioned to take some some images for the wonderful Grade II listed Georgian mansion, Glansevin House (http://www.glansevin.com/).

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Recently published: Financial Times and Trading Standards Review by John Wellings

A couple of recent commissions have just been published which I can now share with you.

 I was asked by the FT to head up to Mid Wales to photograph William Watkins, the founder of Radnor Hills to go along with a recent interview for the Money FT section. The drive up was pretty awful with heavy rain that didn't let up for the whole day, scuppering my plans for a portrait out on the farm....

I was also really happy to shoot for the recently launched journal for trading standards, TS Review. Always nice to have images over a number of pages and I'm pretty happy with the ones chosen for the article.

Here are the tearsheets and also a few out takes from the shoots.