A Photographer’s Worst Moment

Media CardBack in the 'old' days, accidentally exposing an un-processed roll of film was devastating.  The digital-age equivalent is when a media card goes bad.  I've been there, and it's awful.  You've shot an entire roll/card worth of shots that you're excited to see in full bloom, only to have them lost. 

LowenddSLR has a great account of this sort of experience.  The signs pointing toward trouble, the realization that shots are lost, and the scramble to somehow recover that which has been lost.  I like how it's summed-up:
"These are images that can not be re-shot. It would have been better not to have shot them at all than to have them on the card and then loose them. The feeling is desperation."

In my experience, I tried a data-recovery service.  Unfortunately for me, they had no luck.  Luckily for LowenddSLR, some good (and fairly cheap) software was discovered for the OS X platform and the shots were recovered.  Sounds like some software I'll be investing in for that rainy day.

For the record, the data-recovery shop suggested that the Lexar card I'd been using, was not the best type to buy.  They recommended Kingston all the way.  Needless to say, I've got a lot of Kingston cards laying around now, and have yet to lose a shot.  Knock on wood...
Media CardBack in the 'old' days, accidentally exposing an un-processed roll of film was devastating.  The digital-age equivalent is when a media card goes bad.  I've been there, and it's awful.  You've shot an entire roll/card worth of shots that you're excited to see in full bloom, only to have them lost. 

LowenddSLR has a great account of this sort of experience.  The signs pointing toward trouble, the realization that shots are lost, and the scramble to somehow recover that which has been lost.  I like how it's summed-up:
"These are images that can not be re-shot. It would have been better not to have shot them at all than to have them on the card and then loose them. The feeling is desperation."

In my experience, I tried a data-recovery service.  Unfortunately for me, they had no luck.  Luckily for LowenddSLR, some good (and fairly cheap) software was discovered for the OS X platform and the shots were recovered.  Sounds like some software I'll be investing in for that rainy day.

For the record, the data-recovery shop suggested that the Lexar card I'd been using, was not the best type to buy.  They recommended Kingston all the way.  Needless to say, I've got a lot of Kingston cards laying around now, and have yet to lose a shot.  Knock on wood...

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