Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Close to Home 6

June 14, 2020

I’m no closer to solving my corrupted-files problem than I was last week, with the possible exception of reassurance from fellow-blogger Michael Scanlon that putting corrupt files on a pristine drive will not harm the new drive. So this week I hope to migrate all the files from the damaged drive to the new one even if I can’t fix the corrupt files. Meanwhile (and earlier), I’ve been sending photos to some people in my community that I took close to home before basically abandoning my failing drive. These are ones I sent out this past week. Most have already appeared on this blog. I hope you don’t remember or don’t mind seeing them again. 1 Before our tennis courts were prepared for action this season, the courts looked like this. Photograph taken April 15, 2020

2 I like to think the yellow posts are keeping the fireplug from harm—and they are. Photograph taken October 16, 2017

3 Housing renovations require dumpsters. How lucky for me. Photograph taken June 12, 2018

4 Don’t fret for these flowers; there were plenty still left on the plant. Photograph taken June 9, 2018

5 The Flowering Chair. Photograph taken July 30, 2017

6 Rock Pond at Sunset. Photograph taken July 3, 2016

7 Rock Pond with Ducks at Sunset. Photograph taken August 8, 2016

8 Rock Pond with Waterlilies at Sunset. Photograph taken August 8, 2016

24 responses

  1. Sue

    Wishing you all the best with regard to the files….I love your colours and textures

    Liked by 1 person

    June 14, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    • Thank you, Sue. I think my photographs are often about color and texture and line rather than about the object.

      Liked by 2 people

      June 14, 2020 at 12:35 PM

  2. Another great collection. I’m looking up additional ideas on how to recover the corrupted files. Do you know which specific files are corrupted?

    Liked by 1 person

    June 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    • I copied one to my internal drive. The others are scattered over the 20 years’ worth of photographs. I don’t know a way to find them other than by going through the entire Lightroom catalog.


      June 14, 2020 at 12:33 PM

      • What format are the files?


        June 14, 2020 at 12:37 PM

        • They’re a mix. The recent ones are raw (NEF or DNG) files. Older ones are PSDs or TIFFs. The oldest ones are JPEGs. I wonder if there’s a consistency to the formats of the corrupted ones, but I’m afraid to go poking around on that drive.

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          June 14, 2020 at 12:41 PM

          • I doubt there’s a consistency. I’m sure it was corrupted sectors on the disk messing up whatever file happen to be sitting on that sector. I would suggest googling “recovering corrupted (file type) files.”


            June 14, 2020 at 12:46 PM

            • Nothing good to report yet. I’m close to giving up and just migrating the files. Thanks for all the advice and time you have put into my little issue, Michael.

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              June 16, 2020 at 10:35 AM

              • I’m sorry to say it, but I’m afraid you’re right. A good thing to do is to exercise your archives every six months or every year. It tends to keep the drive “fresh.“ and remember, all drives eventually wear out. It’s good to get a utility that does a SMART sector check automatically and reports any incipient problems.


                June 16, 2020 at 10:42 AM

  3. Leslie Organ

    I don’t remember these, but find them memorable…especially #2. Their colorful-ness is a real spirit lifter.


    June 14, 2020 at 3:15 PM

  4. Your dumpster shot (#3) is outstanding, Linda. But so are the others, too. Nice work. I purchased a 4G HD and will back up my photos to that once I get it running. I’ll also have to back up the Lightroom cat as well since I already lost the original and spent the better part of 3 days recreating it. Good luck. I’m sure you will be rewarded for your hard work.

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    June 14, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    • Thanks, Ken. I’m sorry that you lost your Lightroom catalog as well as the better part of three days recreating it. What a pain. Don’t know about that reward thing, but thanks for the good luck.


      June 16, 2020 at 11:04 AM

  5. The curves and spikes configuration in the first picture is certainly eye-catching. Similarly, all those, dark, light, and yellow lines in the second picture make it appealing. Numbers 6 and 7 are both tranquil sunset scenes. As you said, your pictures are more about color and texture and line than about the objects ostensibly being portrayed.

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    June 15, 2020 at 9:50 PM

    • Yeah, I’m not sure how that happens. I wonder how my love for color and texture and line speaks louder than the objects displaying those colors and textures and lines. Thanks for your comments, Steve.


      June 16, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    • I, too, have been on a tear lately with pictures that are more about color and shape than about what is nominally the subject, so I empathize.


      June 16, 2020 at 4:14 PM

  6. Beautiful images, Linda, and captions too; 6 has to be my favourite. Good luck with the corrupted files! Adrian 🙂

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    June 16, 2020 at 3:21 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. Oh, how I struggle with captions. Thanks for the good luck. Maybe I’ve gathered enough good luck in these comments to have an effect.


      June 16, 2020 at 11:12 AM

  7. What I like the most here is the series, #1 – #4. They flow together in a wonderful way, visions of the ordinary made – well, extraordinary is the wrong word. Really they’re made visible, where without you they would have disappeared. That’s a big difference between what you do and what people do at places like Yosemite. Keep it up, hard drive or not!

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    June 19, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    • Is two weeks late better than never? Here, finally, is my reply to your comments, Lynn. I like that you see the first four photographs as a series. Taken together, they fit my intention in taking photographs. (Give me a few minutes and then see my new artist statement in the About section of this blog.) Thank you for the generous encouragement. I have not been out with the camera for some time, what with dealing with the flood in our unit and trekking back and forth between our cottage and the temporary apartment. Maybe this week.


      July 5, 2020 at 4:55 PM

  8. I very much enjoyed the reflections, Linda. I always see them at the other end of the day. The graphic nature of the yellow posts is a very interesting shot and the basket of flowers is lovely. Was that a bouquet of yours?
    I am sorry to read the your corrupt files are indeed no longer. Maybe there is still hope somehow.

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    June 19, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    • I’m sorry, Steve. I’m more than two weeks late in replying to your comments. Sunset reflections are unusual for me, too. I rarely go out in the late afternoon or evening. Glad you enjoyed these. The flowers in the basket on the chair are phony. In general I don’t like artificial flowers, but I make an exception for these, which one of my neighbors arranged. As for the corrupt files, here’s the story. I bought a new external hard drive, cloned over all my photographs to it, and started looking at each year’s worth of photographs. I’m now into 2012, and I have only found nine corrupt files! All of them from 2005. None was worth keeping anyway, so I deleted them. I guess I’ll keep going through the years, but my guess is that I overreacted when I saw the ones of 2005. Still, even if I don’t find any more corrupt files, I’m glad to have the new drive just in case. Thanks for your concern.

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      July 5, 2020 at 4:43 PM

      • Hi, Linda. No problem. I often miss someone’s post entirely. I am glad that in the end you lost minimal files and they were of little significance. Having at least one backup is essential so you having one is good news as well. If you will no longer use the drive that had the corrupt files I would suggest a second backup to be safe. Many photographers have three, keeping one off site in case of something tragic happening to their home and then switching them out periodically so there is always one somewhere safe.. I don’t but should.


        July 5, 2020 at 5:17 PM

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