I Had No Idea That I Traveled This Much In 2019 Until ‘Google Maps’, Unsolicited, Sent Me This Timeline.
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As somebody who lives, openly, on the Web it really doesn’t bother me that much that Google is now keeping track of my travels.
Most of where I go, of import & interest, gets reported on this blog anyway. So, I kind of don’t care.
This, I know, will bother some — quite rightly. Scary what the police could do with it. Good job I have no secret travels and very few secrets, if any.
In a way I regret that ‘Google Maps‘ has not been around all my long (and semi-illustrious) life. Would be nice to have a log of all the places I have visited given that I used to travel EXTENSIVELY. The other day I TRIED to count the countries I have visited. I got to around 39. I might have been to a few more.
Oh, there are quite a few mistakes in the Timeline.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Taken with my Canon EOS RP with a Tamron all-in-one zoom.
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Nope, I don’t do wedding photography. I don’t think I am good enough, I don’t have the right equipment and worse of all I don’t know how to use PhotoShop.
So, I leave wedding photography to the professionals. I just point-and-click a few pictures, straight JPEG and post them out of the camera.
What makes these pictures even more special, than normal, is that I lost them! The SD card got corrupted. Luckily I was able to recover every single one.
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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.
This was I just before dashing off to the wedding of my niece-in-law in Maine. Yes, that was our hotel room. What makes this selfie special for I is the suit. I haven’t been in a suit in nearly 4-years. Yes, I wore a blazer or jacket BUT not a full suit — let alone a 3-piece. For 30+ years of my life I lived in a suit at least 5-days a week — and most of them were 3-piece. Wearing a suit was the most natural thing for I. I used to own (smile) quite a few suits. During the time I lived in a suit, I would typically have between 7-10 at a time. I would never wear the same suit two-days running — and ideally not in the same week. I was always rack-size. Didn’t need bespoke suits. I could always get one from a rack — and worst case have the pant legs hemmed. Anywho … I had to buy this suit for the wedding. Got it from JC Penney. It was cheap. But it looks OK. SMILE.
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Just a sample of the pictures I had lost.
I had checked them on the camera and new I had WINNERS.
On Saturday we attended my niece-in-law’s wedding in Maine. I, luckily (and what would have been by choice), was not the official photographer. I am not good enough for that. They had two female professionals who had been flown in for the event.
But, I had been told to take some pictures. And that is never too much of an imposition since I do take (and publish) at least 7 pictures each-and-every day, 365/366-days a year, and have done so for at least 4-years.
On Saturday evening, a few hours after the wedding, I did LOSE all the pictures!
I also know how and why. I tried to look at them, and copy them onto an USB stick (so I can give them to my sister-in-law), on a Samsung Chromebook! The bloody Chromebook ate my 64G SD card. Here is the crazy thing. Just a week earlier my wife had a total SD card failure on this Chromebook, BUT we never suspected that it was the bloody Chromebook that was damaging the cards.
I did NOT get upset! That is old age. I am much more sanguine about life and the curve balls it throws at me than I was even a year ago.
Yes, I knew there was recovery software I could try, but I couldn’t do that till I got home and had access to a proper PC.
Well, a couple of hours after we got home on Sunday — after I managed to get my damn Atlantic Broadband Internet service restored, I was ready to try some software.
We had already done some Googling and I had read up on ‘recoverit‘. Sounded promising.
There was no way I was going to mess around with FREE software. I did not want to risk corrupting the SD card any further.
Yes, I started with the FREE version of ‘recoverit’. When it told me, within seconds, that it had found 300 files I knew I was in business.
I stopped it. I uninstalled it. I paid the $60 and got the lifetime, PRO version. For $10 difference it made no sense just to get a 1-year license.
Since it scans the entire card, and it was a 64GB card, it took about an hour to locate all the files. It said it found about 900. Turns out that each picture was duplicated!
Once the files were found the recovery took less than 5-minutes.
‘Recoverit’ recovered ALL the files. I did NOT lose a single picture. Got everyone back.
Yes, I am happy.
I am impressed.
It would have been a shame to have lost these wedding pictures.
Word of warning. Do not take a SD card within 10′ of a bloody Chromebook! I am serious.
After the wedding, which finished at 3:30pm, I had gone to Camden — another of my favorite haunts in Maine. It was dark and I got some good pictures. They were on the card too. I was kind of disappointed that I had lost those. Wasn’t sure that I would ever get the same lighting again. Well, I got those back too.
Thank YOU, Wondershare.
As far as I am concerned you worked miracles.
Total, unstinted praise & endorsement.