Data Recovery with Stellar after a Trip through Patagonia

My passion for travel photography began a long time ago while traveling with my parents and my father took his camera everywhere. His hobby became contagious, and although I started knowing nothing about exposure, ISO or composition, photography has become a real passion.

My beginnings in photography were driven by the fact that I had a job that required me to be constantly traveling to several cities within the country. It is then that there was a day when I realized that I had an extensive gallery of photos of people, places, objects and landscapes, but, all in my cell phone.

I started to organize my gallery in a very basic and personal way. I did not have any editing program, not even some basic one. Even so, I started to find love in these photos because they brought back vivid memories of people and places that I had seen in my walk and it was then that I finally decided to buy my first SLR. My first big trip in which I chose to use this equipment was one that I made to Chile.

I remember that just before leaving I bought an angular lens because according to all the reviews I found on the internet it was the ideal one to undertake my first photographic mission where my goal was landscaping.

I left for Puerto Natales, where I arrived in the middle of the afternoon. On the way, I stopped for a drink at a roadside restaurant in Villa Tehuelches, which I thought was the typical sea. The owner ended up taking me to the kitchen, which she told me was typical Patagonian cuisine, which reminded me of my grandparents' coal kitchen.

Being able to document those special moments for myself, and doing it in the best possible way is very important not only for myself but also to be able to share it with my friends and family upon return.

Our experiences are shaped by the places we go, the people we know and everything that happens along the way. Travel photography is for me the set of all of them converted into one. The fact of documenting my trips gives me a feeling of happiness, as well as creating many good memories with which to look back.

Moving on the best thing about Villa Tehuelches was the modern telephone booth that the people felt so proud of. Puerto Natales is a smaller city than Punta Arenas, on the banks of Última Esperanza Sound, with incredibly blue waters and full of black-necked swans. Puerto Natales, unlike Punta Arenas, has a special seal.

I see picturesque houses, streets full of light and people, many restaurants, and even a cafe where I have a drink in the middle of the afternoon. I stayed in a cabin on the outskirts of the city. That day I had my first barbecue of varied meats, with the usual Chimichurri.



Day 2

I had hired navigation through Última Esperanza Sound to see the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. I arrived at 8 in the morning to the port, with a gray, sad day, freezing wind and drizzle, and sailed about 3 hours until we reached Balmaceda. The boat trip is frankly beautiful, and I imagine that with the sun it will be even more. I see multiple waterfalls and different birds and marine species. I saw a colony of cormorants, all together on a rock, and a couple of sea lions crouched among the rocks.

When the glacier appeared, I was impressed. As you can tell, I was a newbie in the glaciers! Now that I have seen more, I must admit that it was a glacial mess. Almost all the glaciers of the Southern Ice Field are in retreat and are leaving exposed rock walls eroded by the ice. In the Balmaceda, this backward movement was visible.

Then the boat headed towards the other glacier. We disembark in a lenga forest, a typical tree of the area, and walk around Serrano through a path full of vegetation and plants unknown to us. This glacier was something else, although nothing is comparable to Perito Moreno. I returned to Puerto Natales after stopping at a ranch to eat a magnificent Patagonian lamb!

When I returned home just as digital nomads of this world, I arrived to see that I have lost all the travel photos because my camera got overheated. Losing photos is extremely disturbing because these moments will never come back in the same manner for me to capture again. A specific moment which I had captured is lost forever. Fortunately, I managed to get some of it back, so I thought I'd share some tips with you.

As you can see by searching Google, there are hundreds of options to recover files, whether they are from a memory card, a hard drive or any data storage unit. Stellar Data Recovery has excellent software for data recovery. It has helped me several times in recovering data from discs or SD cards for other people. Following the installation of the software in a different location than the origin of data loss, select the data loss drive and start to scan. Depending on the size of your card, it will take more or less time.

It is very simple since the DIY software has a visual interface that guides throughout the process. Normally, the first thing is the selection of the logical unit that I want to analyze, then the choice of a recovery method, the type of data I want to restore and location where to save it.

At the end of the scan, the recoverable files appear in a list. All you have to do is mark the ones that interest you and validate. Stellar can recover data even if an SD card is formatted. The SD card, in this case, contained many photos, which is why the process took time. The information about remaining time for the completion of the process was reliable. At the end of this time, I was able to recover almost all the photos.

To put it briefly, the data recovery software by Stellar has a lot of features making it one of the best data recovery programs out there.

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It is often said that prevention is better than cure. It is a principle that must be applied even more regarding backup in photography. There are solutions to catch a crash on an SD card or a hard drive, but there are also some good practices to adapt to avoid the worst or to limit the case. Here are some tips for making peace with this unfortunate event and, as a bonus, how to make sure it does not happen.

Clean up your cloud before you leave

No matter what type of photo storage you use, be sure to clean it before you go and have enough space for your travel photos to sync. Also, do not forget to make Wi-Fi stops every few days or so for synchronization to happen! If you need a backup solution one step above, I recommend the use of a wifi hard drive. This type of hard drive has its battery, with an average of ten hours of battery life. It is even possible to watch movies streaming from the disc.

Send photos to loved ones from time to time

There are now many ways to send travel photos to those who have stayed both feet on the ground, be it via email, Facebook Messenger, iMessage or others. Sharing photos with your loved ones assures you that there is at least someone else who has a copy of some landmark photos. Personally, I use shared photo albums from my iPhone. My relatives, who also have Apple devices, can follow me. It's a lot more private than Facebook and it's directly in my phone's photo app.

Keep your device around the neck

It limits any risk of theft, loss, forgetfulness or falling. Keeping the device in the palm is tiring. Go for the Asian method with your device hanging on your neck!

Choose good SD cards

There is no point in buying a device that can take 15000 burst pics in 0.5 seconds, or videos in 28K resolution if your SD card does not keep pace and has trouble recording and read the data quickly. It causes a bottleneck that can be a source of crashes and data loss.

Format your card in the camera

When you sort your photos, do not delete them one by one from your device. Copy them to your computer and then format the card with the camera, not the computer. In this way, you are sure that the card is configured in the best possible way for the camera.

Do not put all your eggs in one basket

Commercial SD cards are getting cheaper while offering more and more storage space. So we tend to buy cards with high capacity, even more, when shooting in RAW format (an image format that contains all the sensor data from your camera, and allows for better photo processing). RAW format files contain more data and therefore take up more space on an SD card. Each of the photos I take with my DSLR occupies 30 MB on my card!

The solution is merely to have several SD cards of average capacities that you will use along the trip. If you lose one of the cards, you will not have lost everything, AND you will be able to continue taking pictures with one of the replacement cards.

All of these precautions do not protect against accidental erasure of photos or momentary crashing. Here are the good behaviors to adopt and some tools to try to get out of trouble.

Stop everything!

When you notice a problem on your USB card, USB stick, hard drive, and you can not read your photos anymore, do not use the card anymore, do not save any more photos on it, put it in quarantine so as not to aggravate the situation while waiting to try to recover the data and we will have a good chance of recovering it. Of course, it should be done as soon as possible. How? Well with a software specialized in data recovery.

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