I'm not as smart as you all think I am. All this hocus pocus about network drives and things working as they should doesn't mean I know what is going on. I am getting my traveling laptop ready for a trip I thought that I needed to update some software, so I did last Saturday.
I am not sure if any of you actually shot RAW images and process them using software. When I am away I usually bring more than two cameras and two of them are able to shoot uncompressed RAW format. I have an EOS Canon which produces .CR2 files, and my NEX produces .ARW files. The first generation of Canon RAW was called .CRW (short for Canon RaW). The 2nd generation of EOS changed to .CRW (Canon Raw2), and the Sony stands for Alpha RaW. I also still have my old Nikon D80 and it produces .NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) and I also have Nikon NX. By shooting images in RAW format give you a much better chance of recovering your image under less than ideal conditions and I usually shoot RAW for those important images that I may wish to make enlargements from
Anyway with windows explorer when you click on a folder you are able to view little thumbnails of your .jpg images. If you shoot in a format other than .jpg, the thumbnails do not display and it is a pain to have to load each one into propriety software from Canon or Sony to view each image. Manufactures are aware of this and they usually supply a RAW image viewer which works with Windows Explorer so your images can be displayed. I also updated the Canon DPP: Digital Photo Professional software to the latest version.
What does all this mean you ask ? It means that after I did all of this updating I could not access my Network Drive on Sunday morning. This means that all of my photos since last November were not accessible. I was in a panic. I checked the router, I powered down the network drive. I checked the router settings. It was beyond me that the Seagate Goflex drive was shown as "connected" when you check the router status but I could not "see" the drives on the network. I even re-booted my system and NOTHING.
All I could think was to uninstall the Sony RAW viewer. I did, and the Network Drive suddenly appeared as folders in Windows Explorer, so I was back in business. However not everything is back to normal. My Windows Picture Viewer is flaky and doesn't seem to work correctly. So if you are running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and you download the latest Sony RAW viewer, it will not work. (Martha, are you listening?)
Before I bought my network drive I used to download photos to various pocket external hard drives. I was looking at some photos from Oregon taken last September some of which you have not seen
Here is the beach where we were staying in Lincoln City. Our motel is on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We were sitting by the fire on Friday night and we noticed some cars on the beach below and their headlights. Many cars drive on the beach down there and thought that they were just having a bit of fun making donuts in the sand. The next morning we looked down at the beach and we saw
Those two cars where the headlights were the night before. The white car near the top had been there overnight
It seemed obvious that this car had been stuck in the sand and couldn't get out. We were to meet that fellow on the left shortly and he was the one who towed that car out
His name is John and I thought he was friends with the guy holding the shovel, but he wasn't. Here he is checking the tow rope and moving some sand by hand . Before long they hooked the tow rope up to John's red 4x4 truck
and he towed that white car back to the ramp. John is from Eastern Washington and here on Vacation for a few days, and staying at the same hotel as we were
Meet John and Jackie, on their Honeymoon in Lincoln City, Oregon. We did a quick impromptu photo shoot on the beach and I was happy to give them a few memories of this weekend. He has a photography friend back home so I shot .jpg and Raw format and gave them all the photos
They were willing models as I was shouting out commands to stand here, or stand over there. We were lucky to have the early morning sun and that the fog had already burned off. While we were only together for a short few hours, we left as friends. John also rides a Shadow so you may bump into him somewhere in the Yakima area
Congratulations to John & Jackie and may you have a good life together. Hope to see you on the road one day soon
Of course we also had to get a few photos of ourselves
We were so lucky to get such good weather and see the coast without fog