Ever The Optimist

pretty windy for a little sparrow
pretty windy for a little sparrow

I jinxed myself this afternoon.*

Today was my biggest photography day yet — we shot all day, in Marin County and around the Marin Headlands with some fantastic photos from the points facing the bridge, ending with sunset shots from Treasure Island. Then I made the mistake of saying to Kevin about how terrible it would be if the flash card got corrupted, how sorry I feel for people who have had that happen to them.

Then I got home and tried to download the nearly full card first, the one I shot with all day long in the Pentax K100D. The card reader blinked a couple of times, and then nothing. NOTHING. I tried another card, and the reader worked just fine. Kevin tried to download off the card onto his computer. NOTHING. We tried to repair the drive on the Mac. FAILED.

Now, I’ve heard of this happening before, and there’s usually a happy (albeit sometimes costly) ending by taking the card to a data retrieval service. I’m going to be optimistic that I’ll be able to get the pictures off the card, which is the first thing I’m going to do after I get home, inject Beano, and have a good night’s sleep.

It wouldn’t be the end of the world if the pictures were irretrievable. I shoot with David’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1 as well, but its specialty is 12x zoom and it has virtually no manual functions. I did get some decent photos with it today, but no wide angle shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, just long-range ones.

downtown San Francisco
downtown San Francisco as seen through the Golden Gate Bridge cables


Oh well, we had a fabulous day in gorgeous weather, anyway, and if my photos don’t make it off the card, I will point you to Kevin’s!

* I’m not actually superstitious.