Don’t trust Apple’s Time Machine

I have been using Time Machine to back up my iMac for a few years now.  It all seems so simple.

I then decided I would reinstall my iMac from scratch and then I could bring in all the pictures from Time Machine.

All seemed fine, but then I’ve realised I’m missing about 400 hundred pictures!  Lightroom cannot find the pictures.  Some of the directories they should be in exist and some even contain pictures, so it’s not a case that the pictures were stored somewhere else, and I just haven’t pulled them back over again.

So the only conclusion is that Time Machine never backed them up, and I’ve now read other articles where people have had similar problems.

I heard a quote a couple of weeks ago. Something along the lines of  “A photograph is not a photograph until it exists in more than one place”.  Based on that, those photos weren’t actually photos. I do have some of them somewhere else.  Some are on another machine, and some exist on Flickr, so all is not lost.  It’s just annoying, and now means I have to rethink my back up strategy if Time Machine is not going to be reliable.  I would like to store copies in The Cloud, but when dealing with RAW files, the cost quickly mounts up.

Lesson learned – Do not trust anything 🙂

IBM Southbank

Taken on a walk around London a while back.  This is the London office of IBM.  I think that in the 18 years I was with the company, I went there once, to do an object oriented programming course.  It’s next door to The National Theatre, and off in the distance is The Shard.  I like the Southbank. There’s always something going on, and as it’s near to Waterloo Station which is where I come into London and so I often photograph around this area.

IBM Southbank

Focus stacking

I thought I would try focus stacking after watching a video on Phlearn.  This was quite basic, – I just took three shots using a 90mm macro lens focusing on each of the figures. It worked reasonably well, but think I need more pictures as I was shooting slightly down at the figures, and the legs are slightly blurry.  Still, it is good to know how it is done for future reference.