(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:
Leopard and daughter
Gray crowned crane
And best of all, three birds I had never seen before this safari and had forgotten:
Rear view of the courser's fabulous hairdo.
And, finally, the tiny rufous-naped lark.