While redesigning my website I discovered I had lost intermediate files for two of my folios. The odd thing is I have the RAW files and the PDF folio, but everything in between has vanished. I looked on all my hard drives and backup CDs (that’s how old that project was) and the missing files are still missing. I have absolutely no idea what happened. One thing I did learn in this search is that I had horrible file organizational discipline in the early days of digital photography. Today the genius of LightRoom is not only the photo processing algorithms, but the organization of photographic files. If you can keep your files organized in LightRoom, you have a fighting chance to not lose them to your own stupidity.
The motivational posters urge us to make lemonade out of lemons and that is what I will do. It will be most interesting to see the improvement in the Adobe algorithms for photo processing in the last nine years when I remake the Ansorge Hotel folios.
Because there is a gap between writing and publishing my blog posts, I began reworking some other old files such as the one above, from Hell's Half Acre. The Wyoming landscape photographs from 2006 exhibited in Mongolia in 2011 were never shown as a single collection. I decided to make a folio of those photographs as part of my website redesign. I processed the original files with the current version of Lightroom and the resulting images look much better than they did twelve years ago.