Update: First of all, thanks for all who commented or sent me an email. I finally narrowed this down to some sort of issue with the USB ports on the machine. Uninstalling the drivers, then allowing Windows to find them again resolved the issue. Totally weird, but now everything is working great.

I took a bunch of pictures at a friends baptism this evening, over 75% turn out like this (though not all the same pattern).

I used two different lenses with the same result, shooting both in full automatic and 100% manual. When I open directly from the Compact Flash card in Photoshop I get: "This document may be damaged (the file may be truncated or incomplete). Continue?" I noticed it earlier this week on a few images out of hundreds, so formatted the card before taking the photos tonight. Update: Tried a different CF card -- probably 1 out of 33 images non-corrupted. Yikes!

Any photography buff have answers? Is there any way I can recover these files? Luckily I usually shoot at least 3 frames of each pose, so *believe* I got enough of the event, but it was very discomforting to know I might not catch any of the next one.

Categories: Photography | Comments [5] | # | Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2008 3:37:39 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   

Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors Job

My friend who works at a local car dealership brought home this really SICK (Mike Garcen would call it that) 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a 6.1 Liter V8 Hemi to let me get a closer look (drool). We parked it in the middle of the cul-de-sac with the streetlight shining down and I took approximately 30 shots of varying exposures then used Photoshop CS2 to merge them into a single High Dynamic Range (HDR) image using the instructions found at http://backingwinds.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-create-professional-hdr-images.html plus some other tweaks to get it 'just right'. Love the outcome -- think I'll do more once my new camera is delivered. Click the image to go over to Flickr to see a larger image.

And yes, the car is all that. I'm now thinking my children are smart enough to get college scholarships so can use their savings to purchase...whoops. Wife just came in -- scrap that idea.

Categories: Car | Comments [6] | # | Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 5:58:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)   
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