Recover Photos from unformatted Digital Camera Memory

A friend recently gave me her Olympus Digital Camera, worried that she lost all of her photos on the xD memory card. She had recently taken a significant amount of photos, and at some point the camera marked the card as “not formatted”, and only gave the options to reformat the card, or power off the camera. Attaching the card to a computer via a memory card reader yielded similar results.

After some research, I found PhotoRec:

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its ‘Photo Recovery’ name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media’s filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted.

PhotoRec is free, this open source multi-platform application is distributed under GNU Public License.

Very simple to use software, was able to not only find all of the images currently on the media card, but about 1GB of since-deleted images as well. Pretty nice software, I sent them a donation.

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I’m sure I’ll use this in the future: FlickrDown.

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Flickr 1 Year Later

I’m coming up on the renewal of my Flickr pro account. Now that I’ve made ~150 sets, I see that non-pro accounts are limited to 3 sets, not to mention the photostream only shows the most recent 200 images; the others can’t be found in a convenient manner. Since I don’t want my ~147 sets to magically disappear, I better renew.

Tricky bastards.

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Shooting Light Trails

How to shoot light trails. This is something I really want to do, I think it’s really neat.

This is something I played around with a little at 4th of July, but I really need to get some car motion or star movement pictures, those seem to be the most popular targets.

My best so far, some work with sparklers:

I realized afterwards that my color settings were off, hence the yellow hue. Oh well, it will be better next time.

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Lovin the Macro Lens

Purchased a really cheap 70-300m telephoto lens for my DSLR camera. I’m really liking this lens for macro photography. Of course I’m a noob at best, but I’m having a blast playing around with it.

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