After two years of thinking I had a whole hard-drive's worth of shots from 2008-9 corrupted, today I found a mirrored copy of the files on another drive I hadn't used in ages.
Can't tell you how happy I am, not least because all the shots I took on a trip to Fukushima in 2008 were on there.
I'd moved a bunch of files from one external drive to another, which I don't ever recommend you do... because USB read-write and buffer speeds can fluctuate and I ended up with thousands of JPEGs that were greyed-out halfway up.
I tried everything to get them back, including even trying to re-write individual headers in the images: no joy.
Finding all the original RAW files today was like a dozen Christmases and Birthdays rolled into one.
The trip I'd made to Fukushima in April 2008 was to spend time with my wife's family, who all live there still. As well as shooting some of the cherry blossom in our town, I'd spent a couple of days on the coast north and south of Shioyazaki Lighthouse; an area that was devastated in the 3/11 tsunami.
I was there last weekend in fact, shooting and filming a documentary with NHK World.
Not that there were many 'wow' pictures, but it was memories... memories of a place I'd been a number of times but that had changed forever.
The most interesting shot I've found so far is this one, shot just north of Shioyazaki on a section of coast that is very, very different to this now.
For all the hardship Tohoku and Fukushima has been through, was pretty blown-away that I'd captured this almost heart-shaped flock of birds on the coast one day, three years before the way I look at the sea [especially in Fukushima] changed forever.
50mm f/1.8 AiS @ f/11
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