Ever had one of those days?

I drove out to the Civilian Conservation Corps campsite in Leeds to shoot with my Holga lens and when I pulled out my camera it told me the memory card I was using wasn’t readable.

This is what my Canon 5DMKIII was telling me when I turned it on at the Civilian Conservation Corps campsite in Leeds.
This is what my Canon 5DMKIII was telling me when I turned it on at the Civilian Conservation Corps campsite in Leeds.

I tried formatting it. No dice. I tried pulling it out and reinserting it. Still nothing. Turned the camera off and back on again. Still not readable.

I had a bad card.

Usually I have a couple extras around, I even try to make it a habit of having one in each of my vehicles, just in case I get somewhere and find myself with a bad memory card.

This time, I had nothing. I ransacked my car, looking for a hidden memory card but came up empty.

Frustrating. I had to drive all the way back to town to grab another card.

Luckily Leeds isn’t that far from the nearest Target.

That said, a word of advice to any budding ghost town photographers out there… Always have an extra card. And then, always have another one. Finding out your card has been corrupted and you don’t have a backup is not something you want to discover after you’ve spent hours driving out to a super cool ghost town in the middle of nowhere…