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Upcoming events – save the dates!

by Paul Schmitt

You likely have noticed that CNP is modifying our program to offer more variety in our activities, including meeting agendas and increased field events. While our sharing on a theme contributes a great deal to each member’s personal growth, we are seeking a wider range of interesting content to complement the sharing. Devan Accardo coordinates the schedule and welcomes your ideas for programs. Here is our current agenda:

August 1 Meeting : Close-Up Photography by K. Rasmussen

August 2 or 3 Outing: Close-Up in the field

September 5 Meeting: Webinar on Types of Photographic Light.

Our first webinar will feature master landscape photographer Greg Miller. This program is titled Understanding Light to Make Better Landscape Photos.

Fall Foliage Outing- Date and location to be determined

October 3 Meeting: Member Photo Sharing on types of light

November 7 Meeting: Speaker- Telling a story with your photos (details pending)

December 5 Meeting: Sharing on theme of telling a story with your photos (pending)

January 9 Meeting: Sharing your best of 2019

February 6 Speaker: Todd Bittner- Photo Locations in Cornell Natural Areas

March 5 Meeting: Photo Sharing on theme of hidden places in Cornell Natural Areas

January 3 meeting info

For our first meeting of 2019, please bring your best three images of 2018 to share.  Selecting our best also encourages each of us to look critically at our work. Going back through an entire year seems to build our skills based on what images had lasting appeal. Furthermore, we get ideas from other’s best three.   The images shared last year were inspiring and demonstrated how our sharing process on a monthly basis brings us all forward in our skills both technical and artistic.

Nov. 1 meeting info

The photo sharing theme for our November meeting will be “hard light”.  We will also discuss our favorite lenses and the pros and cons of prime versus zoom lenses.

Paul Schmitt will share highlights of his recent Alaska trip concentrating on bubble feeding Humpback Whales and Brown Bears fishing the salmon run.

Our successful exhibit at Kendal will be removed on October 31 (or  earlier if necessary).  It is worth seeing if you haven’t yet been there.

October 4 meeting info

The assignment for our next meeting will be three images on a personal project you have been working on this summer (but not the theme for the Kendal show). It could be a particular camera technique, improving your skill with Lightroom, working with a new piece of software, a trip, or anything else.

We are working on a separate field trip in the local area, probably a Saturday or Sunday in mid-October to catch some fall color. More info soon!

September 6 meeting and Kendal photo show

Our September meeting will be next Thursday, Sept 6, at 7:30 at Kendal, Conference Room A.

A large number of CNP members worked to hang images for a really great display of our art. We and Kendal residents were impressed with the quality of the display. We will devote our Thursday meeting  to a critique of the printed images and discussion of issues related to printing, mounting, and displaying images. Most of our time will be spent in the gallery space.

We will assemble in Conference Room A and proceed to the gallery to talk about the images displayed.

July 12 meeting and Kendal photo show info

The theme for our July 12 meeting is “water”.

Please let Brian know if you would like to participate in the fall CNP show at Kendal. Kendal has offered their first-rate exhibit space for September and October. At our meeting last week we decided to have an overall theme of “New York,” meaning images taken in NY.

Each exhibitor should then have a theme that links their images. The exhibitor individual theme can be your choice.

The gallery space can accommodate quite a few images. We may be able to display as many as five images per exhibitor.

Please let Brian know if you plan to participate or if it is a “maybe” right now. If you know what your theme will be, please let him know that too.

May 3 meeting info

The meeting theme will be “Getting Closer.”  At the request of several members, Mark Malkin (pictured here) will be leading off with a presentation on macrophotography. This will include some of the specialized equipment Mark uses in his work. Following this discussion, we will share up to three images on the theme of Getting Closer.

Backup strategies and recovering from hard drive failure

It’s not if, but when your C: drive will fail   by Paul Schmitt

The day before I left for Death Valley for a Canon Live Learning program, I awakened my desktop computer to be greeted by the message “Boot menu unavailable” and “repair failed”.    A quick call to my computer tech confirmed the obvious; my two year old solid state C: drive had failed in arguably the most critical sectors.   The idea of returning home with five days worth of new images to process and no high-end computer to begin processing with was, well, a source of discomfort.  The trip went smoothly and flights were all on time, so early the day after my return I packed up the computer and headed to PC Solutions in Elmira.  Jason quickly confirmed the situation and ordered a new 500 GB SSD from a supplier who usually gets packages to him the next day.  He confirmed the next morning that he had the SSD and hoped to have the PC to me that day.  At 5 pm, I picked up the PC.  The rescue drive worked and only my BackBlaze backup had to be reinstalled.  Sweet, mostly.

Rule 1: Make a rescue disk

Looking over my documents and photo files, I could see that some recent files were missing.  After reinstalling the link to BackBlaze (off-site backup), I went into their controls and learned how to “inherit” the backups I had created beginning in October 2017.  I located most of my missing files there.   The number of files was not very large, so I had BackBlaze create a ZIP repair file which arrived by email in less than an hour.  I only had to drag the restored files into their correct locations.  Still, a few items were missing, like the last three CNP newsletters.   I also run SyncToy (a PC-only utility) weekly  to make copies of all my documents and, separately, of photo files.  They are in a large 4TB internal drive.  I searched and found the newsletters there.

Rule 2: Have 3 copies, 2 at home, 1 off-site

Lightroom was a little different.   I had all the images, but the catalog had lost track of most beginning around November 3, 2017.  I found them in File Explorer. They were  sitting in the correct folder, but the catalog has lost the location.  How to get them displaying in Lightroom?  My approach may not have been elegant, but it has worked.  I started in LR Library and did an IMPORT action.  The dialog comes up with a complete directory of the computer, and I went to the folder name I had located in File Explorer, selected the folder and set the import location to the correct location in the right hand menu.  This restored the catalog integrity.  The only hitch in the process is that I have not yet recovered the virtual images and associated editing steps used.  Since all of those edited images have been exported to my catalogs portion containing edited images, it is not at this point a critical issue. I have the original plus a finished copy exported  at maximum resolution.  I will troll Adobe FAQs for ideas to revive the virtual images.

Rule 3: Next make a new backups

BackBlaze has already updated my off-site backup. I am presently running a new set in SyncToy now.  Now I can begin to write my blog on the Death Valley trip.  Canon put on the best workshop I have ever had.  I got home safely, and Jason came through admirably.   I am feeling good.

Are you ready for the “when”?