I know I have been missing in action lately, but because of a wedding that I shot and a part time job I needed some time off. I'm still getting the wedding photos ready, but have had a few problems with PhotoShop Raw and Bridge that have never happened before.
Because I was going to be shooting in a church that would not allow flash during the ceremony. I used a Canon 5D Mark II and with a Canon f2.8 70-200 was able to do shots I wouldn't normally be able to take. The first thing I did when I got home was to download the photos to three different places: my hard drive, an external drive, and to a couple DVDs.
After sorting through the photos, I would view them in Bridge (PS CS4) and then would bring them up in Camera Raw (all photos were shot in Raw) to tweak and then to save as a psd. All photos showed up fine in Bridge, but about 3 or 4 when they were brought up in Raw did a dramatic transformation--the kind that gives you a heart attack! Suddenly the photos would have banding all access them like a Venetian blind. Another one started that way and totally deteriorated beyond recognition. Has anyone had that experience?
I shot in sRaw, because I did not want each file to be over 21 MB. Once downloaded each of the files came in around 11 to 14 MB--so still fairly large. The files that were corrupt would show up in Lightroom 2 OK, but when I opened them in PS they still came up damaged. I tried going back to the card reader and was able to use all but one the of damaged files. My only worry is that all the other photos downloaded from an 8 GB card that I no longer have, may have the same problem. I can't understand how they appear OK in the Bridge, but their not. After trying multiple times with one photo, it eventually would show in Bridge in the deteriated state.
So if you wonder where I've been (humor me by saying you did), now you know. My next leave of absence will be a mental ward. Hannie and Tess will be able to take it from there. A big thanks to both of them for taking over my galleries so I could have some down time. Thanks also to Kiska for helping get the backlog under control.