Thoughts on the October Meeting

I am writing this post to apologize to those members whose images were not shown at last night's meeting.  

It's easy to blame the technology demons, but I admit I was also feeling very rushed to get through the tutorial in order to get through the slideshow in time.  Reality is, we ended the meeting early so I could have stayed on my clock and we would have been fine, perhaps three minutes over. 

We all witnessed how the latest build of Lightroom was working against us, first not seeing a memory card at all, then not importing properly and then locking up on two separate occasions.  While there are some benefits to Lightroom 6.2 and I am confident that Adobe will fix the bugs, I am compelled to encourage users not to upgrade if you have not already done so.  

The loss of images in the slideshow was my fault for not checking which file the application picked up after the JAVA crash on my laptop.  I determined after getting home that it opened my backup file instead of the primary and as I was paying too much attention to the clock, I missed that some images were not shown.  I am quite embarrassed as I regularly encourage members to submit and then when you do, your work is not shown.  Please accept my apologies for this.

I actually do rehearse the meeting prior to showing up and since things ran fine in practice I was not expecting serious issues.  They did and I was not fully prepared.  I have started revisions to my meeting management process in order to prevent this from happening again.  

I am going to modify the final submission time for images to 6pm the Saturday before the meeting to reduce the significant rush to create and populate the slideshow that I face each month.  I understand that everyone is very busy, and in order to accommodate the final submissions, I left things too late and my backup file did not match the "go" file properly.  I was still doing updates at 4pm on the day of the meeting and that's no way to work for success.

Thank you to all members for your support of the club.

Ross Chevalier

Technologist, photographer, videographer, general pest

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