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.
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”?
It might be warm this morning, but don’t be fooled! Temperatures will drop dramatically this afternoon, and we’ll get snow tomorrow! Accordingly, our sharing theme for our March meeting will be Winter. See you there!
Five CNP members were at the Bailey Conservatory on Saturday. It was so nice to be shooting indoors while it was snow covered and damp outside. I know several members were away and some had other commitments so I wanted to remind everyone that they are also open for visits at 10:00 am each weekday. I’ve usually used the meter parking at the Nevin Welcome Center, and walked up to the greenhouse during weekday visit.
Our host, Craig Cramer, is always welcoming to our visit and quick to give us some publicity. Several images from our visit are online.
Notice in his post that I was using a black velvet background to clean up the image backgrounds. Nancy Ridenour also used this method.
I learned a good trick on Saturday. Since it is humid in the conservatory, I’ve often had to deal with condensation on eyeglasses and camera lenses. The eyeglasses are no big deal, but lenses are different. On Saturday, I placed a thermal heat pack inside my LowePro camera pack. It kept the lenses warm enough that there was no condensation.
There are some nice subject in the conservatory right now. Give it a try.
by Paul Schmitt
Perhaps you recall the statement “It is not if a your computer hard drive will fail, but when”? This was a foundation of my talk on a reasonable backup process. No, I have not had a hard drive fail, but something near to it. (But the hard drive in my spouse’s DELL did fail last week. Put a new SSD in the C: location. Yes, all her documents were backed up on a flash drive.)
Earlier this week I shot some birds photos in my backyard and came inside to download them. (Over 400 images.) When I inserted the Lexar 32 GB UDMA 7 card in my computer reader, I got this pop-up.
Never had this before. I did the scan and the images came up on my FastRawViewer software. All the images seemed to be there. I use this software because it is ultra fast, has focus peaking to show if the bird is in precise focus and avoids some of the color errors of a JPG preview. All was going swimmingly, and then FastRawViewer froze. I restarted and re-inserted the CF card, feeling confused. Same cycle of repair, working and then freezing. It repeated this twice, telling me something was fishy.
I pondered this,and decided to test this again on my laptop with a different card reader and different software, LIghtroom. Same result. Not the card reader, computer or reader.
Talked to my computer maintenance man, and he came to the same conclusion. This CF card is failing. I researched the web for an app to test the Lexar card. Lexar has an app, but it is targeting image recovery and not fixing.
A message from our president Brian Chabot:
Dear CN Photographers,
In our first meeting of the new year, we will look back at out best images of 2017 and lay out plans for ourselves and the club for 2018.
- Bring your best three images of 2017 and tell us why they are your best ones.
- What are your New Year’s resolutions for photography?
According to a recent article by Thom Hogan, this is a good time to reflect on your photographic process and identify areas in which you want to improve. According to the article, “Here’s the question you should be asking yourself: what did I do this year that improved my photography? What lesson did you learn and apply? What technique did you learn and apply? What process did you learn and apply? What new knowledge did you attain and put to use?”
By sharing our resolutions for the coming year, we may find goals we have in common, which may lead to working together or even a club activity.
If you haven’t yet, check out our latest newsletter. Paul put together one of our best issues yet! It’s full of information that will help your landscape and wildlife photography.
Our photo sharing theme will be “best of fall”. Bring up to three images to show us!
On a personal note from the CNP webmaster/post writer, I hope that you are all having a great fall in the northeast. I’m in the Anza-Borrego desert, photographing cacti, ancient mountains, and wildlife, and it sure doesn’t feel like fall out here!
Our next meeting is October 5, 7:30 in 404 Plant Science (our usual meeting room). This will be a technology-focused meeting.
Adam won’t be able to make it (see previous post), so Paul will present on approaches to storing and managing electronic images. He has a brief presentation on some new software he is learning to use. We will have time to share one or two images that you would like feedback on- any subject or topic.