I am putting up the same picture that I put up on Monochrome Madness to illustrate my point. That is, I am going to use this picture to illustrate the point I am going to make.
This picture, in a reduced size, is only available to me on my GMail, and on WordPress.
The tale is one of Human Stupidity.
I am the culprit.
Many years back, I never used to take back ups of my work. One day, when I was living in China, my disk collapsed, and I lost two years of photography.
I lost pictures of Inner Mongolia, Jiu Zhai Gou, an unknown section of the Great Wall, Paris, Zhang Jia Jie, the Hutongs of Beijing and much more.
I gave the disk to labs in Shanghai, BeiJing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bombay and finally, Delhi.
No one could recover the data.
Pictures gone. Forever.
Ever since then, I started to keep back ups of my data, and was reasonably disciplined about backing up my work every week.
Not disciplined enough. I should keep notes of all the folders I work on, and back up those folders. I don’t. This is bad.
Last week, I was formatting some new disks for the Mac, and accidentally, I formatted one of the disks that had all my recent pictures of Central India, the Holi festival, some still life, the streets at night.
Luckily, I had taken a back up, so all the RAW files, and the original files were intact.
However, about 20 days of edits had disappeared.
It’s work that I have to do again, and time is a precious resource.
Lesson 1: Always back up your data
Lesson 2: Always make note of the files you are working on, and back them up every few days, if not every day
Lesson 3: Whenever you return from a shoot, transfer the RAW/Jpegs to the working and back up disk immediately.
Else, like me, you will turn a sheepish, mottled red.