It's interesting that the bride and groom got their photos, but these cards had not been formatted.
That's how I do it, for the last 18 months or so. Nothing gets formatted until delivery has been confirmed.
Possibly used some portable storage device to backup on-site - I've been looking at those, but haven't made that jump yet.
A simple break-in of some kind could have explained where those ended up tossed aside. My wife has driven away with her purse on the roof of the car before, something similar could have happened here too... I'm sure we could come up with other scenarios.
I started doing it out of laziness, and wanting to make sure I did back everything up first. I have enough cards now that I could make things confusing. The only markings they have is a number, and I loosely keep track of what cards shot what wedding, in case I need to return to them.
- Be sure your camera at least adds your name to the EXIF data.
- Put an ID sticker/badge in your CF card wallet (if you use one), or perhaps on the cards themselves.
- It wouldn't be all that hard to take a moment to photograph your business card as the first frame on each card, or at least somewhere on that card.
- Format your cards before you put them back in circulation after a shoot.
Some good ideas, and a great idea!
Now that we have our Poster of the Year for 2011, can we start for 2012, or just use the break?