45,000 doesn't surprise me particularly, for Dan.
His cameras are tools for work. A D800 would be something one might use when large numbers of exposures would be appropriate.
Most likely it just takes one look at one menu or report using software for him to tell how many shots he has taken.
The small amount of output I have seen from a D800 was quite impressive - I am sure it is a well appreciated tool in the hands of those whose work requirements are well matched to it.
I wonder how many shots were taken by accredited photographers at the 2012 Olympics? I wonder how the number would compare to the number of frames of film shot at the last Olympics where film was the major medium?
Got my two (2) hard-earned shutter clicks for the day.
The first as metered. The second slightly overexposed to support the shadows in case I made an error while metering.
P.S. Lots of strange looks from the occasional passing car, but no public seminars today. Too early for anyone to be out on a Sunday morning, I guess.
I make over 70% of my annual income in about 6 months, the rest of the time is all film and all fine art...
Readers should first go look at Dan's work before questioning his methods too harshly. It's pretty spectacular stuff. Especially his Kodachromes.
Some days I shoot one photo, other days over a thousand. But it is a great life to live daily, the photographic one. Between the time I posted the reply about 45K images and now, my wife and I took a drive up a 14 mile 4wd drive road, hiked from 10,150 feet to 12,400 in 3.6 miles, put a camera with an underwater housing in a lake filled with golden trout and nailed a last minute request for a fly fishing article.....
......film and photography are alive and well, good night...
So, I'm walking on the path by the side of Bow Lake that takes you to Bow falls, a while ago. Lots of people. ( Banff Jasper Highway, Banff Park in Canada. )
Most of the people I pass have digital somethings with them. 20 years ago a guy with a Rolleiflex wouldn't have mattered a whit, but today I feel just a little out of place. A half dozen people have asked me if I can still get film for the thing. "Yes!" I say.
Behind a little group of trees with a nice view of the glacier there is an old guy, maybe even as old as myself with a Rolleiflex, like mine, and he's setting it up on a tripod.
He sees me and my Rolleiflex; then on cue we both say together in perfect unison......."Can you still get film for that?"
"No!" we cry, again in unison. "They don't make it any more!"
Maybe we should start a story-telling thread where people could simply recount their photographic adventures. Where they went and why. How they got here. What they photographed. What worked. What messed up. What fun they had either way.
I'd bet everyone has some interesting stories every weekend. At least it would be a positive thread. I think...