After returning from Cozumel on Saturday, I began importing my images. The first couple of cards imported just fine, but the third card…well, let’s just say it was a nightmare I have luckily never experienced for 15 years. THE CARD WAS CORRUPT! Nope, not once in 15 years of digital shooting have I come across a corrupt card. Not until Sunday. It was at that moment, I wanted to go back to where I shot this photo and relax a little while. Serenity Now!
Here’s a few things I’ve learned about corrupt cards.
- I believe I corrupted the card by turning off my camera in the middle of a long exposure. I wanted to quit it early and move on, so I turned it off. Therefore the file was only partially written and corrupted all the images.
- Yes, there is image rescue software out there but it doesn’t work on everything. Especially when you can’t even get your computer to recognize your card.
- Thankfully, I have always shot on smaller cards and swap them out everyday. I normally shoot about eight gigs worth of images a day. So, for a week-long trip I bring seven, eight gig cards. That way, if I have a corrupted one, I only lose a days worth of images. Well, the one card I lost was completely full…Murphy’s Law I guess?!?
If you have any recommend image recovery methods…PLEASE let me know! I will happily send a print to someone who can help me save the rest of the images. Thanks much!
Photographer’s Note – This is a single handheld image shot with the bulbous Nikon 14-24…wow what a cool lens! I balanced the exposure as best I could in Lightroom, then added two great Nik filters to enhance the summer breeze. First…some warm glamour glow…second…sunlight! That’s about it. Well, I did use the warp tool in Photoshop to correct a few lines.