is not only a long and beautiful beach with golden sand. The Kaotoke Area boasts wind-swept sand dunes, a big surf, and an important wetland system with a river. The mosquitoes are huge… About a month ago, I got up early in the morning and found myself on the beach at 04:30. It was cloudy, misty. There was a brief, unpleasant shower, but once that disappeared and the sun rose, the scenery was just extra-ordinarily beautiful. Fully overcast sky, low hanging clouds, lush greens, dirty blues. Since no direct sun light could escape the thick blanket of clouds, the lighting was rather different. Everything seemed to be working well, birds stood still during long exposures, and I managed to give the mood of this morning more impact with double-exposure shots.
A few days later, I looked at the photo on the camera screen and was really excited to get them onto the computer and onto the big screen. For whatever reason, I didn’t do that immediately which turned out to be a big mistake.
Careful When Formatting
Let’s start with the conclusion. Transfer your photos after a shoot onto a computer and put the SD card aside until you are 100% sure to format the SD card. As I said, I kept enjoying what I saw on the camera screen, but procrastinated with the post-processing of the raw images and foolishly didn’t copy them onto the computer. On the day, when I was ready, I pulled out SD card from slot 1, put it into the computer, formatted SD card slot 2 on the camera. I did the opposite of what I should have. Ended up with deleting all my Kaitoke photos and making a copy of photos I had already transferred. This never happened to me before and for about 5 minutes, I believed that I can resolve the situation somehow. Well, of course I couldn’t.
Kaitoke Beach Second Attempt
A few days ago, I was on Kaitoke Beach at 04:30 on another overcast day, hoping to replicate what I had foolishly deleted. The sunrise turned out different, not less dramatic, but completely different mood. I ended up with the following three photos, 2 long exposure shots on the tripod and 1 at a low angle with an “unusual” aperture. I used a “normal” 50mm lens, and the rest of the exposure data are displayed in the following. Of course I’m gutted to have formatted the wrong card, but it is an important lesson. I assume this must happen once, and I’m happy this has now occurred and I only deleted my private photos. The good news is that this will never happen to client photos. I have now 4 SD cards, two in camera and 2 in the bag.
Have a good one, Ben