Photographic nightmares

June 27, 2008

My good old friend Mahesh who has featured in many my escapades suddenly remembered me.

His cell phone connection was quite audiable but with lots of funny noises behind. Even before the customary how are you, how is dad,mom questions i blurted out half in jest ‘what are you eating while talking to me’. Mahesh was quick to rasp ‘nothing like that…why?’.

I said ‘forget it – it sounded like you are eating something’.

Mahesh came straight to the point. ‘Do you know if you can unformat a SD card?’. For readers who are not accomusted to these modern acronyms, SD card meant the small stamp sized memory card or stick as people refer to give it the kicks -is used to capture all the digital photographs in modern cameras and mahesh is a professional in that sense from the last 25 years.

Its getting quite difficult to buy film rolls, develop them and print them. The modern avtar of this memory chip has effective that too – cost effectively replaced the old contraptions. But before you jump to conlcusions just read on..

Knowing Mahesh qutite well, i asked why what happened man? Nothing man you know just wanted to know about it. At 9.30PM if mahesh has to call me after months to gather, there should be some thing cooking there… I prodded on ‘why you lost one is it?’. Sheepishly he admitted ‘yes man’.

He went on to cover up his mistake. He had been to a function as professional photographer and snapped quite a few shots in the morning, noon and evening.   Next day morning he had by mistake ‘erased all of them’ assuming he had downloaded the same to his computer previously.

It was shocking revelation for me. What would he answer the customer now!!! While thoughts of the client shouting and manhandling him for the errornous act, Mahesh brought me back to mother earth. Mohan – are you there?

Using my knowledge, i told him, Have you used the damn card afterwards? Mahesh said ‘yes’ till next day noon. In a gasp of air i said – ‘then your chances of retrieval is quite less but not impossible’.

I suggested him some good places where such recovery is done for 600 Rs to 800 Rs and he said since he was in a hurry, he will do that and call back.

Next day evening i was waiting for the outcome. I had planned 100 things to tell him in case his unerase failed. Mahesh came on line and said – ‘I tried downloading so much software but none of them worked’. I screamed at him – ‘what do you mean, go to a professional and he will do it in a jiffy – what will your customer think of you and how will it impact your future?

Like a cool congress politician who had recently lost the elections, Mahesh replied ‘I just came back from those guys who said you are the unluckiest chap as we could not retrieve a single photo’.

Mahesh- what will you do now man? Will the customer keep quite?

Mahesh answered. i allready gave the customer some 40 snaps of previous evening and told them the truth but half truth – that the card got corrupted and they being nice folks, accepted the same. For the mistake i did not accept any money for the whole thing.

Whew! that was a close call. Our Maheshs photographic guru aka Gurumurthy had done one better thing in 1980’s when film rolls were ruling the day -he had snapped an entire ‘thread cermoney’ without having an inch of film!!!

So much for the memory problems huh?