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This week is pack week at f-stop gear. Every day of the week a special bag and a matched f-stop pro photographer are featured. There are special deals and special bundles.

As an added bonus, if you purchase a bundle, you qualify for a 1-2-1 private session with an f-stop pro!

My bag is the Kashmir. And my special bundle includes a medium slope ICU, a filter pouch, a digi buddy and gate keepers to hold my tripod. These are what I carry with me when I go out to shoot landscapes. Other bundles are also available.

One to one sessions with me will be variable, adjusting to meet the desires of the customer and our geographical options. They will include a choice of shoot planning guidance, location advice, technical or theoretical lessons and portfolio reviews as skype calls, coffee meet-ups or mini outings.

f-stop Kashmir in Macedonia

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Memory Card Failure (part 1)

Earlier this year I excitedly took a trip to a low lighthouse in the Southwest of England.  When the tide is high it sits beautifully in the water.  I got there before high tide at sunrise and waited.  And waited.  The tide came in and I waited.  At the peak of high tide, it was still several meters away from the lighthouse. ~sigh~

not enough water

Earlier this week I returned to the same lighthouse for a higher tide.  All of the conditions were perfect and I was very, very happy.  When I had all the shots I wanted, I moved on to the next location, 30 minutes drive away and set up to shoot again.  What a fabulous day!  And then it all came crashing down… card failure.  I took a photo, saw a beautiful result on the camera back and then the camera told me “card error”.  So I tried to review it.  No images.  None.  Not the one I just took and none of the ones from my amazing high tide sunrise.  GONE.  I took several more images and got the same result.

Trying not to get panicky, I took the card out, put it in my holder and put a new card in.  All was fine.  I went ahead and shot the location but by now my mood was a wreck and the tide was wrong.

When I got home, I tried the card in my computer, and it agreed with the camera.  No files.  I searched the internet for a recovery program, found one and ran it.  Viola!  It found many files and would recover them for me if I paid for the full software.  

It was expensive. 
I didn’t want to pay that much. 

I found and tried another program.  Same result.  Desperate to get my hard-earned files back, I paid for the full program.  It recovered my RAW files, but they were corrupted and unusable.  By a stroke of luck, I had been shooting RAW + JPG to test the camera’s film simulations and the JPG files were recovered successfully.  It was not ideal, but at least better than nothing.

corrupted image file

Saddened by my experience, I started reading about similar things that have happened to other people and all the potential reasons these card failures can happen.  With my trust completely lost, I decided to never use that memory card again and ordered a few new ones.

As I unpacked my new SanDisk cards I noticed that with a card purchase, they offer a 2 year FREE subscription to their recovery software.  Still hopeful, I tried it.  The results were not better, but free certainly is. So many hard lessons learned.  This is one of the recovered images.  I’m thankful to have any at all and planning to return again next year to reshoot the location a third (lucky?) time.

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Fuji X-T3 by the sea

I’m still having fun testing the Fuji X-T3. Here is a quick one from this morning. It’s an 18 second exposure. I was delighted to discover I can dial in fairly long exposures – well past the 30 second limit on some cameras.

FUJIFILM X UK

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Fuji X-T3 in the city

I’ve been enjoying more frequent outings into London lately. On this one, I took a Fuji X-T3 with me. 🙂

When I arrived and left the train station, I discovered a very large police presence. Apparently, the week before the Extinction Rebellion group had taken the Vauxhall Bridge. The police were there to maintain order and keep the bridge safely operating.

FUJIFILM X UK

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Hokkaido IR 0042

I think I have had a square phase again this year… 🙂

I also sometimes forget to share photos. I have a lot of photos still to share from Japan.

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