Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lost & Found.............

When I start feeling overwhelmed with images on my computer, my tendency is to start organizing, deleting and moving files into new folders and/or transferring them to one of my external hard drives.  Sounds good in theory, but this activity has caused me to experience considerable angst in the past and early this week I found myself regretting this seemingly harmless task once again.

I use Adobe Lightroom to upload and organize my images as well as do some non-destructive processing before opening the file in Photoshop.  Sometimes after one of my "clearing out" frenzies, I come back to Lightroom and discover that it no longer knows the location of some of these files. Since I backup and upload to more than one drive on my computer, it's usually ok.  I know the file is there somewhere, I just have to find it.

©2012 Dianne Poinski

The other night my computer froze and I had no choice but to unplug it and restart it. I know this is not recommended, but I didn't know what else to do. The next morning I went to open Lightroom only to find out that I could not access the catalog of images. An error message announcing that the catalog was "not valid" popped up. Trusting there was a solution, I googled this problem and tried all the suggestions, but nothing worked.

Knowing I still had the files somewhere prevented me from having a complete meltdown. At the same time however, the realization that I was going to have to recreate my catalog from scratch did not exactly make me fun to be around that day.

Enticed by a promotion going on over at Adobe, I decided to upgrade my version of Lightroom and then began the task of importing files into it. (New software always makes me happy.........I deserved it!)

©2012 Dianne Poinski

I found my most recent files pretty quickly, and then started to dig deeper to retrieve older images. Some were on one external hard drive, some on another, but I just kept plugging along. Soon I was clicking on folders that had cryptic names that meant nothing to me. And then something amazing happened! I started to find images I thought I had lost forever and in some cases forgot I even had! This included files I had been looking for just a couple of weeks ago! (Obviously my system needs some work.........)

The peony images in this post are two examples. I think I took these photographs in 2006 and I can't remember the last time I saw them! Then I came across these infrared images from the Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle that I took in the spring of 2007. Completely forgot about these!


©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski

I found it difficult to stay away from my computer this week. I just kept playing with these older images, using tools and techniques I did not know about 5 years ago. It's almost like the files went away, only to come back when I knew what to do with them. That's getting a little out there I know, but everyone I talked to this week had to hear the story of the near disaster that turned into a wonderful journey of discovery.

As a side note..............for now, my current Lightroom catalog is completely unedited. I am not going to move a single pixel. I will get another hard drive if I have to.......................

4 comments:

  1. Like Christmas :) The peonies are scrumptious! And the garden images look like exquisitely fine engravings.

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  2. Wow! What a week huh! Glad everything is working out and the photo are Stunning! Love finding treasures.

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  3. http:hannahklaushunter.com/March 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I know that you were concerned about the crash and the necessity of buying more software, but from the look of these exquisite beauties, it was in its own funny way, a mystical experience. How else to explain the discovery of these peonies? The first shot takes my breath away!

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  4. You've had a nail-biting time of it lately, but it looks like you are on the road to sorting it all out. I love all your photos, but I have a special place for infrared photos. Did you use the filters and the whole bit or do you have a digital camera converted to infrared! Or did you use photoshop? Thanks, enjoying your images on Instagram!

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