Happy Halloween


the gate
the gate


As Halloween approaches, I guess that it is appropriate that I mention a freighting experience that occurred this past weekend.

This past year has been a real roller coaster ride. As you might recall, I lost my job last October, and my sister the following December. Then I found a temporary job which carried me until I found the job that I currently have. In the mist of this my computer crashed and I moved into a new one.

When things get this crazy, it is easy to put off little house keeping things that you know you should do. Little things like backing up your images! Do I really have to say more?

I’ve noticed something odd recently while I was inside of Light Room.  It appeared that the program didn’t see any of my files. Then all of a sudden they would begin populating. In light of this, I thought that I might need back up my images for the past 9 months or so. Had it really been that long!

I’ve been storing my current images plus the images of the previously year on a 250 GB external drive and then backing this drive up to a 1 TB external drive which also stores my archive of previous years. It isn’t the best way to assure a safe back up but for now it is the most affordable.  The problem is, what happens if I lose the 1 TB drive? Well, a lot. As I began to copy my current files to the larger drive I begin getting errors. Then things got worse to the point that I could no longer even see my external drive.

At this point, I knew that I had just lost most of my images for 2012. That isn’t a good feeling. Somehow I was able to finally see and scan the drive. This repaired it long enough to copy the files to my computer and quickly awake from this nightmare before another monster jumped out from around the corner.



happy halloween



Now I’m able to breathe a little easier. Here hoping that you and yours have a safe and happy Halloween!







14 thoughts on “Happy Halloween

  1. Oh wow Phillip. Yes, that does sound very scary. Im backing up on an external drive too, but on the same pc. I should probably look into getting that drive into another location and another pc. It makes you think if what you are doing is the right thing, huh? It would be devastating to loose years of photographs.

    Love your opening picture. Looks like it was taken many many years ago. Great shot and post processing.

    1. Thanks Jan for your comment. It does make you really think. I’m thinking of asking Santa for another external drive. My thought is to use my 1 TB internal drive to store my current images, and use my 1 TB external to store as my archive. Then get a new 2 TB, or larger, hard drive to back up both drives. Of course, this plan isn’t perfect. One lightning strike could wipe out everything, but at least it’s a plan.

  2. Love that gate image, Phillip. It certainly has the right mood for a creepy Halloween. 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your HD nightmare but at least you were able to recover the goods.

  3. Love that first image Phillip. Well processed. Sorry to hear about your HD troubles. I backup weekly creating a bootable disk (I use SuperDuper) and Time Machine. Once a month, I do a full backup to a third hard drive. Probably could have a better process but it would take three hard drive failures to lose my photos.

    1. Thanks Len. That sounds like a good process.
      I have also heard and understand the logic of those who say that one must have and off site backup to guard against fire and theft. Maybe this is the way to go for a professional. As an amateur, at some point you just have to take a closer look at the cost.

  4. Phillip, I love your gate image! And I’m glad you’ve got your hard-drive resolved for now, but you’ve got me thinking about my own back-up solution and whether it’s enough protection.

    1. Thank you Dani for telling me that. I’m so thrilled that my experience might actually help someone else. Isn’t that one of the main reasons the we even do this thing called blogging?

  5. The photo of the gate is beautiful. It has the feeling of another time period, maybe a hundred years ago. The toning is perfect and I love the negative vignetting you have framed the subject with. As for backup, great that you were able to recover the files. It only shows the value of having two backups – just in case.

    1. Thank you Otto. This is actually a gate to a family cemetery located behind an old plantation in Mississippi. Of course, when I saw it I thought of Halloween and processed it accordingly.

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