Little did I know
Little did I know that when I made the change from film photography to digital photography that I’d have to expand my knowledge of computers, and make considerable purchases of computing accessories. I have my 27 inch iMac back! I was getting lost for the first few minutes of using it again, the screen is huge compared to the Macbook pro I’ve been using the past week.
The technician thinks that a bad memory module corrupted the operating system. All that they had to do was to re-install the operating system. Then, restore everything using the latest back-up to my computer that Time Machine had made. It was after that they discovered that one of the memory modules that I had installed some time ago had a number of bad blocks in it.
Thanks to my zealous program of backing everything up, and Apple’s Time Machine, it’s truly as if nothing had happened. Everything is exactly as I had it set-up before, and best of all, I have my full Lightroom catalog intact! Whew, what a relief!
In a worst case scenario, I could have plugged the external drive where I store my photos into the Macbook pro to access the original RAW captures with no editing or keywords to help me find the photos that I was looking for. What also would have been gone are the collections that I made to sort my best photos of certain subjects from all of the not so good photos of the same subjects. It would have been worse than starting over from scratch, something that I wasn’t looking forward to if it came down to that.
Besides my Lightroom catalog, I would have lost some of the other files on my computer, including the spreadsheet that I use as my list of species for the My Photo Life List project, as well as the progress that I’ve made so far.
So, during the time when I didn’t have access to the iMac, I’ve been think about different ways to do even a better job of backing everything that I absolutely need backed up and ready to go if the need ever arrises again.
I still haven’t been able to get Lightroom to make a back-up copy of my catalog to either of the external hard drives that I use for storing my photos. However, I have been able to back the catalog up to a thumb drive that I have, and even better, to my iCloud account. The iCloud account is 5 Gb of online space that Apple allows purchasers of their products to use. So, that takes care of that problem for now. As long as I can access the Internet, I’ll always have a back-up copy of my Lightroom catalog, and the other important files that I have on my computer.
Before I forget, they charged me $75 to check everything out, re-install the operating system, and do the restore. In some ways that seems rather expensive for what they did, but on the other hand, having the entire system checked out on the proper test equipment as well as cleaned makes it worth it to me.
Another bonus is that I learned a great deal more about both of my computers, and I grew quite fond of the Macbook pro after using it for a week. In addition, I learned some new to me features in Lightroom that I’ll be trying out soon.
I suppose that I should get around to the photos for this post, and I’ll start with one from last summer.
That’s because the weather here continues to be quite dreary whenever I have the time to make it outside with my camera. I’ll go back in time for this one as well.
Now then, back to reality.
The weather forecast for that day was for the holes in the clouds to open up, but instead, they closed, making the rest of the day as dreary as it could be. I did shoot a deer on the run though.
And, I found a pair of eagles arguing over who was going to lay claim on the landfill for the day.
It was hard to keep the auto-focus system locked on the eagles with so many gulls all around the eagles.
I did the best that I could though.
It’s a lot easier to get a single eagle in flight.
Despite the lack of light, I got the best images of a rough-legged hawk in flight that I’ve ever gotten
I didn’t have to crop these very much at all.
If only there had been a little more light.
Or blue skies instead of the grey clouds.
So, let’s see what else I have saved from just before my computer crashed.
That’s right, I did catch a few rays of sunshine around home after work one day.
This is far from my best photo of a fox squirrel, but I haven’t posted one lately, so here goes.
Here’s a bird that I don’t post enough photos of…
…because it’s hard to catch one in the open and in a good position for a photo. This one doesn’t really qualify as a good photo, but it will have to do for now.
Now that I have my home computer back up and running, I’ll get back to posting to the My Photo Life List project soon, but in the meantime, let’s go back to Halloween, when I shot these. Some will appear familiar because they’re similar to photos I posted earlier, but they’re not duplicates.
These are the second best versions of photos that I posted earlier.
Or, things that didn’t make the cut when I did my earlier posts.
These were shot at the time when I was working out the final settings that I use now for birds in flight.
You can see that these aren’t quite as sharp as some of my photos since then.
I don’t know why it is, but it’s very hard for me to get a sharp photo of a snow bunting.
Maybe it’s their color, or maybe it’s because it’s rare for them to ever stop moving. Mallards are much easier to get a sharp photo of, even when they’re moving.
But, you can see that the exposure settings that I used then resulted in the highlights under their wings to be blown out in some images.
I had the same problem with gulls.
The highlights in the gull’s “armpit” were blown out. I have the opposite problem with dark birds in flight.
Which is why I’ve come up with several sets of bird in flight settings that I have now stored in the custom settings of the 7D.
While not birds in flight, I have a few more older photos to use up in this post.
It’s nice when a bird poses so well for me.
It’s now Saturday afternoon, and I did make it out for a walk after work. None of the few photos that I shot were very good, it was another dark, dreary day, with a few snow pellets falling from time to time. However, I mentioned earlier that I had found some features in Lightroom that I had looked for in the past but not found until I was using my Macbook computer. One of those is the ability to stitch photos together to make a panorama, and here’s my first attempt at it.
Lightroom did all the hard work of aligning the two images up, and it was quite easy to do. I hope to shoot a few other photos this weekend to try it out more, but that may not happen. The forecast for tomorrow is for our first snow storm of the season, even though it won’t be much of a storm, just a few inches of snow. Next weekend is when the real cold and snow is forecast to hit here in Michigan.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!