Every image I've taken over the past four days has been lost down the back of my computer... or whever exposed, scrambled pixels disappear to. I didn't know what was going wrong... I was importing my RAW files from CF cards, using a card reader, directly into Adobe Lightroom on my iMac... working on whatever I wanted to export to Alamy as serious stock images, or Ello as fun shots... but as soon as I ejected the card from the reader an exclamation mark appeared above each thumbnail on the screen, and if I clicked on an image in the "Develop" module a message appeared across the screen "File not found" or words to that effect!
I know very little about computers and software... having used Macs since 1993 I've got so totally used to "just plug and play" that I panic if any message appears questioning my last keystroke... because I've never had to read an instruction manual for this system for more than twenty years.
However, this 'losing images' situation couldn't contuinue... so I looked at the choices at the top of the 'Import' screen which indicates "Copy as DNG / Copy / More / Add" - and for some reason "Add" was highlighted, which I would have thought was an obvious instruction when importing. But, being unsure, and thinking of going through the alternatives, I clicked "Copy as DNG" and did a test by taking a few at-arm's-length-twisting-the-camera shots because I wanted some images quickly, and ones I didn't mind watching automatically disappearing down the back of the computer.
Et voila... that was the problem... by clicking the "Copy as DNG" tab all is now safely installed on my hard drives after I've pulled the card from the reader! Duh!
PS: I thought the above two 'throwaway' intentionally blurred test shots taken at 1/15th of a second at f/8 of my red net curtains across the kitchen windows were interesting enough to save... at least for Ello; but probably not for Alamy.