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  • #1867
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    ajroyle
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    The image below was one that had been “lost” because it was on a compactflash chip which had been reformatted and re-used. Fortunately much of the chip had not been over-written by the new images and so I was able to recover the images that were previously stored on the chip.

    One I was pleased to get back was 0f  this cat, jumping from a window in the narrow back streets of Sarlat.
    Sarlat Cat
    I had anticipated that the cat was going to jump and set things up for the shot. I didn’t use multi-shot because my camera is fairly slow – I just took the one.

    I suppose this is a candidate for Novembers special topic – “Through The Window” but it was taken in September – but only just recovered!

    To recover the shot I just used the Sandisk recovery software which I have had for years and never had occasion to use before.

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    #1869
    Profile photo of meg cumming
    meg cumming
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    One thing for sure John if you are lucky then one shot is all it takes. Beautifully seen and caught in time. Also the information on recovering images is useful as well.

    I know one of the things I’m terrible for is back up my images, which a few months ago saw me scraeming at the computer because I’d thought I’d lost quite a few image files. Thankfully I’d somehow managed to move them somewhere else on the computer system. That certainly taught me.

    #1870
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    ex-member
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    Thats a great photo, and very well got

    #1875
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    Peter Robinson
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    I’m surprised to learn that you can recover an image after formatting the card. I know Ian did tell us that, but I wasn’t so sure.

    It’s a great shot. well anticipated and executed. Is this what they call the decisive moment? can I see a hint of Topaz in the image?

    #1880
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    ex-member
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    What is this topaz

    #1881
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    ex-member
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    Just a thought why shutter and settings did you use because its all sharp yet the cat is not to dark for the bright background and its moving to

    #1897
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    D. Williams
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    A brilliant shot well spotted and the sort of thing I would find myself watching and waiting for … just hoping!  I love the effect but (it is so hard critiquing the clubs chair!!!) I do think the sky is just this side of turning weirdish but you have just got away with it.  I would have been tempted to clone out the spike from the roof that is pointing at the cat.  I had to look too closely to see what it was … which means it pulled my eye through not (too me) quite sitting naturally with the cat.  I don’t think the image would suffer by it’s removal.   But does it gain by leaving it in? Ian ….. HELP! 😉

    #1901
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    Ian McNab
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    Great composition, John – cat at intersection of diagonal and its reciprocal (very HCB-ish!).  If it had been done now rather than in September, it would, as you say, have made a brilliant entry in November’s monthly theme, Through The Window.

    The software did well to recover it from a formatted and re-used card.  Perhaps you should post a link to the software, so we can all have a copy to hand for those rare occasions it might save the day, as here.

    Regarding Dee’s concern about the spike below the cat, I was so taken with the surreal image of a cat flying through the air that the background details didn’t strike me till Dee mentioned them.  I look at so many old, classic street / photojournalism photos that I’m a bit habituated to such naturally-occurring details – they just look like the stuff of real photographs to me; I get more bothered by the unnatural look of over-manicured, computer-enhanced images  – so I’d be no good as a judge!!! 😉 But if you plan to try your luck with this in a competition (which I kind of doubt you will!), it’d be safer to clone it out as Dee suggests.

    I must say, though, that the colour tonality looks a bit as though you took the photo with the Leica M6 using some old 1970’s colour film. Of course, if you did, that would account for it! 😉

     

    #2067
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    ajroyle
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    You will all now have seen the “cleaned up” version, with TV aerial cleaned out.

    I knew the cat was going to jump and had a few moments to decide on the angle. Shooting against the sky meant a problem with exposure but I would get the cat clearly delineated. I over exposed it a little, waited, and took one shot.

    I’ll look at the EXIF to get the shutter speed.

    Oh, and the rescue software is just the Sandisk one. I have several copies which came with compactflash cards. I assume that they now just have it on their website.

    #2072
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    Peter Robinson
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    So you got 19/20 for an image you nearly lost! Congratulations John. I don’t think anyone can catch you now. It shows that careful planning helps you get the shot, but you still had to get the timing spot on.

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