Photographic nightmares

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?


9 Responses to Photographic nightmares

  1. Dan Waldron says:

    Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

  2. neela says:

    I was wondering why this isn’t titled laugh it out.
    Then I realised how sad it must have been for your friend and his guru..

  3. praneshachar says:

    really he was a cool customer and a professional can not afford to do it. but it happens we have to live with it. Mahesh is very lucky and he must learn from this mistakes. taking backups in work is also so important. many of my colleagues have got habit of not having back ups and face severe problems in re doing the whole thing and lot of man hours are lost.
    another of gm is superb and I know photographers uses to click the flash only whenever some one wants to pose but he is not keen to waste the film.
    yes certainly I agree with neela you can not cal it laugh it out for people who are so close but we can laugh !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Neela,
    professional mistakes!!! Depending on the nature of mistake one can choose to laugh or cry!!! apt obeservation!

    There is ths murphy law which says ‘ things will go wrong when they cant!’. Agree with you.

  5. Prasanna Sastry Hyderabad says:

    Mohan Avare Namaskara

    As per the SD Card Funda you can still recover the Deleted Pics. Its just a small process and now a days with every of the Laptop coming with SD Card Reader things are still easier.

    In View File you have view all the files including Hidden ones that will get you the recovery file.

  6. M O H A N says:

    sastry sir,
    namskara…long time.

    Typically what you say is correct but my professional friend would have reused that area due to which it was not possible to unerase the same!!

  7. Veena says:

    Mohan… Too good!
    Reminds me one scene in the movie O Mallige.. It goes like this.

    Man ‘X’ dies and the son of the Man X wanted his dad picture which he cut hang it on the wall and do pooja so he invites a photographer (to click the last photographer of his dad).. and one photographer like your friend guru happily forgets to insert the film roll and clicks the picture..
    Later after a week the guy comes to collect the pic and then the peekalaaTa begins.. After a long long plead the photographer gets an idea. The son of the Man X looked like an identical twin, so one day he just make him drink one huge bottle of ‘Gundu’ and dresses him like a dead man(with flowers , kumkuma etc.,) and takes the picture and ‘bachov’s from that guy!!

  8. some body says:


    definitely funny for the reader like neela says. “bekkige aata ilige praana sankata”

    my brother-in-law similarly taped over an entire camcorder cassette – he will never hear the end of it!

    sundar has done something similar too! fortunately for him, he does not have to answer to irate customers.

    – s.b.

  9. Veena,
    I have seen that snippet from some tamil movie!!!

    Some Body,
    Aptly said. But what is interesting is that we attach so much of emotional values to these snaps.

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