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Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Rewards of Ineptness

 (Remember, the photos will be at their best if you click to open them.)


Because I am probably the dumbest user of the software for photographers called Adobe Lightroom, I am having to rebuild a catalogue of photos from a trip to Africa in 2018.   It is both a bother and a blessing.

Lightroom, in addition to being a powerful editing tool,  enables a user to organize photos in  catalogues that makes them easier to find, theoretically.

In my case, the catalogue I am rebuilding is called Africa 2018.  Into that, I downloaded some 20,000 photos I took on that trip.  I usually do this immediately after I return from a trip.


Sounds simple, right?  It is.   Except I don't want 20,000 photos clogging up the memory on my computer, so I put the catalogue and the photos on an external hard drive.  Therein lies the problem.   

There are several steps one must take to do that and I sometimes forget one important step--it's rather complicated and you won't understand unless you use the program--and when I forget, the catalogue can't find the photos at a later date.  Hence, rebuilding the catalogue.

Downloading 20,000 photos shot at high resolution in RAW format (equals LARGE files) takes time.  In this case, it took a couple days.   That's the bothersome part.


The blessing is that now I have time to look at all those photos after they're downloaded, and I am finding photos I never looked at before because back then I was concentrating on finding pix to illustrate a chapter of Gullible's Travels and I overlook many, especially birds.

So, now, with the pressure off, I am finding treasures like this:

Male bushbuck

Cheetah yawning

Leopard and daughter

Gray crowned crane

Striped kingfisher

Topi at sunset



And best of all, three birds I had never seen before this safari and had forgotten:

Speckled mousebird

Temminck's courser

Rear view of the courser's fabulous hairdo.

And, finally, the tiny rufous-naped lark.

There are dozens more, but it would take all day to upload them.   So, I'll save them for the days ahead.
And that is what I've been doing.   It's labor intensive, but a lot like going on a virtual safari.


  1. Your labor intensive job brought us some GREAT pictures in this post. The yawning cheetah is priceless. The back of the coursers head reminds me of the "ducktail hairdo" that was such a rage in its day. We can almost hear the rufous-naped lark either singing or staging some sort of oration. Fun post!! Smiles, Patti and Cap

  2. Your pictures are amazing! I have enjoyed your sharing them and feel like I have been on safari each time I see them. Thank you.
    Linda Munger

    1. Thank you for following along here. I sincerely appreciate knowing I'm not talking to myself.

  3. What a job. I UNDERSTAND. Love your photos. Always in All Ways.. Smiles Cap and Hugs from Patti too.

  4. I currently log my photos by hand, on small sheets of paper, one memory chip after another memory chip. I know .. What can I say except it works for me when I keep up with them which I tend to not do. Smiles .. Cap