We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A devilish conspiracy between my computer and my Panasonic Lumix travel zoom camera - a nice pocket camera with a Leica lens - conspired to not only refuse to download my pics on that camera (good shots of Regensburg, Nuremberg, etc. - the last third of our voyage) but also took the opportunity to delete them all from the camera after rejecting them for "title too long." What does that mean? And I had my download thing set for "Erase images after downloading."
I travel with three cameras, an old 35 mm digital and two pocket cameras - and no laptop. I do not own a laptop, and don't really need one. Or so I thought...
My best pics were on that camera, about 150 I think. Dang. So much for my travel pics. I am quite certain that my computer's photo handling is screwed up, and it is probably my fault. Well, got the memories tho, but between ADD and a touch of Alzheimer's, the pics would have helped.
Does a camera come between us and direct experience? I sometimes wonder.
Well, I do have a few more snaps to share. Here's a WW 1 river ship, now a museum, in Regensburg, with the Old Stone Bridge (c. 1146) in the distance. Fine biergarten over the bridge, but my pics of that got erased by diabolical computer:
More below the fold -
Ships passing in the night. Trust me - my blurry pics are on purpose, for artistic effect.
More Bavarian countryside:
My pic of the Kunst Historische Werke, or whatever it's called. That's worth a trip alone, plus the Belvedere Museum with the Klimts and Schieles -
Wonderful German pastries in Regensburg.
Schmuck Paradise. Schmuck shops everywhere. Cannot find my pic of the "Schmuck Accessories" shop, but I know I took one.
Another pic of the Hapsburg Library in Vienna:
More rollin' up the Wachau. A damn shame that my kids mostly slept throught that wonderful piece of the river. After all these years, they have not learned that vacations are for getting up and getting going and seeing and doing. Well, they are young...but not that young. Carpe diem vs. carpe sleep. I tell them that they can sleep and rest when they are dead.
Nice big cafe where we took a hydration break, in Pietersplatz, a short walk from Stephensplatz. Wonder if this was the one Bruce went to.
Regensburg - flowers everywhere -
A solid entryway, Regensburg -
A pink one:
If I remember correctly, this is across from the Passau Rathaus. Lost my pics of the old Rathaus itself - other camera.
Evening, headed upstream towards some low bridges with everything folded down except me. A very pleasant trip indeed.
If the pictures were erased from a removable memory card, there's a very good chance that they can be "unerased" if you haven't taken new pictures "over" them.
I can't give you step-by-step instructions, but those photo memory cards are in essence computer filesystems (of the FAT32 variety if I recall correctly) and "erasing" really just involves changing a "table of contents" and not actually removing the data.
I've used a program called Media Recover. It understands what jpeg pictures look like on your camera card. I was able to get back pictures that were on a trashed sd card. You might give it a try. It will go block by block through the card looking for jpeg headers.
Everybody gave good advice. Any good computer service shop can recapture the pictures as long as you haven't taken any over the top of them or reformatted the card in the camera.
They'll come out as .jpg files I believe on the Lumix.
I had about three hundred images on my DSLR once when the Adobe Elements software did much the same thing - refused to download the images.
I might also take a look at your photo folder or whatever folder the software put the images in. They just might be there under a temporary name. Might want to look in your temp folder for that directory - that's where I found mine.
In any case, I changed the auto erase to erase on command with both Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom after that happened.
My own procedure is to plug in the digital camera like any flash drive and then use the opsys, not any program from the camera's manufacturer, to just copy the files. Then I name them on the hard drive. Naming them is important. I have a client with thousands of images named 2007-12-02(1).jpg or img010101.jpg.
I offer this tip. Create a text file on your computer with your name, phone number and e-mail. Copy that onto any flash media you have -- camera, thumb drive, etc. If your camera or other toy falls into the hands of an honest person, you have a better chance of getting it back. If it falls among thieves .. well, yeah.
I travel with 3 light-weight cameras: a Panasonic ZS6, a Panasonic FZ28, and a Canon camcorder. I take a lot of photos and video clips when I travel, because that's part of the fun for me. On a recent cruise I took 2000 photos and videos, which I later posted on flickr for all of the ship's other passengers to enjoy. Most importantly, I travel with a Wolverine 80 GB portable hard drive, to which I religiously backup the contents of my camera memory cards every other evening. The Wolverine is small, about the size of a pocket camera, and has a built-in card reader. If you are serious about travel photography, do not leave home without one.