am afraid I have just had a brainstorm (Sunday night) and
made a rather serious 'oops' with one of my cameras. As
a result, many of the news photos I took with the wide angle
Nikon for this week's news cannot be published. I apologize
to all of those concerned for my stupid error.
transferring the pictures from that particular camera to
the network, I hit 'delete' by accident and on seeing the
Microsoft, 'are you really sure - you pillock' message flash
up, in a moment of brain not fuly engaged I ignored
it and hit the 'yes' button. Flash Card deletes do
not go to the 'recycle bin' - they go for good.
this does not mean a total disaster in the full scheme
of this week's news as, at most of my news gigs this week,
I used three different cameras. However, some photos I have
lost entirely. These are mainly group people photos and
include, the novelist, Phil Rickman with staff at Ross library,
The people photos of Kempley Daffodil weekend, the Mayor's
posed shots at the war memorial, some of the JKHS X-Factor,
the Quakers (for next week's issue), all of Totem Pole at
the Prince of Wales, the skittles finalists at the Plough
Inn and the 50th wedding anniversary photos of Steve and
am particularly sorry to the skittles teams as they asked
me specially to go along and were looking forward to seeing
themselves in this week's news. Tina and I ran from the
X-Factor gig to the Plough so that I could take them and
we made it there on time by the skin of our teeth. Then
I stupidly deleted them!
I am very sad to have lost the 50th wedding anniversary
photos of Steve and Barbara Szollosi and their family. Unfortunately,
I only covered that one with the wide angle camera.
- I covered most of the X factor with the telephoto Nikon
and movie cameras, so coverage of that particular event
is still pretty good. At the Greytree War Memorial, at Kempley
and at the rugby, I shot a couple of stills with the movie
camera whilst filming, so I can still cover these events,
but not really from the correct angle, or as well as I was
hoping. I am afraid I cannot cover Totem Pole at the Prince
this week as I only used the wide angle at that gig. I did
film some of the gig though, so you can see them on the
am truly sorry about my stupid mistake. In my defence: in
eight years of taking pictures for 'Wyenot', this is the
first time I have ever made such a diabolical error.
lost some personal shots as well but pure luck saved the
day for some of the photos. One non-news related thing I
did this week was to photograph the rooms at Rose Cottage
to update their ad page. Purely by chance - as Rose Cottage
is owned by my friends, Nick and Angie, I took the unusual
step of asking Nick if he would like a copy of the photos
for himself and he downloaded the entire contents of my
wide angle Nikon card to his computer. The sad thing is
though - that was on Friday afternoon and so I still lost
everything from the weekend - the busy news period.
am so glad I used three cameras at the weekend or I would
be sitting here crying right now! On Saturday, Tina and
I were out filming for the news, non stop and mostly in
the pouring rain for over twelve hours - with only a half
hour break to eat. When we arrived home exhausted, Tina
said to me, 'Surely that was one of the busiest news days
don't think it was actually the busiest ever but
it cannot have been far off, and it was definitely the busiest
during which Tina has accompanied me throughout the whole
is not home at the moment and she will probably kill me
- or possibly even worse when I tell her what I have done.
I suppose I could just lie and say, 'I'm afraid they didn't
come out, Dear - must be something wrong with the camera.
I'd better buy another one. My D100s are getting old now
and the later Nikon D200 has some good features'.
though, I think she would see straight through that one.
shall try to learn from my mistake and start reading those
annoying Microsoft messages that pop up from time to time.