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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Photobucket Blues.... Where Have All the Screencaps Gone?

Posted on 2006.02.13 at 08:44
What the heck happened????

Dear Frodo Screencap fans, I apologise for the hiatus in screencap service on most of the FotR entries!

Estë pointed out to me that she could not see some caps when viewing the "Frodo Screencap" entries. I checked this morning and the great bulk of them were down! Nearly the whole FotR album! I have no idea how this happened, since I haven't taken the links down and they are still up in the albums.

The only thing I can think of is that over the weeken I complained to Photobucket that someone - not me - had taken down my cap from Brokeback Mountain, the one showing the two characters in a close-up kiss scene. Only their faces, in a very dark, hard-to-see picture! Was it censorship? I had moved it under a cut, too! I checked: the link wasn't down, but the image had been removed from my album. I couldn't believe it. This morning I see that the image has been restored.

But now a hundred Frodo screencap links are disconnected!

I have been tinkering around. Since the images are still in the Photobucket album, it looks as though I can restore the Frodo caps them by re-entering all the links in the LJ entries. I should be done in a few hours. If that doesn't work, I will have to complain again to Photobucket.

Doesn't it just figure? Last week, after a year, I upgraded my Photobucket from 'free' to a paid account.


'Table of contents' links for screencaps HERE

ETA: "One learns by making mistakes......"


After re-posting a gazillion caps, and seeing the url's of every one of them over and over as I replaced them, I finally figure out what happened.....

A few days ago, before I posted my "Frodo receives the envelope" screencap entry, I renamed the album that contained most of my FotR screencaps. (The EW and "Behind the Scenes" caps are in another album, for the most part.) Realising I was going to have a million pages in one album if I kept making and posting screencaps like this, I decided I had better break them up into sub-albums. (When an album gets to 10-11 pages, it's time-consuming to go through them, looking for a specific image.)

SO. Although I didn't change the names of any of the caps, changing the name from "FotR caps" to "FotR caps I" effectively broke all the links. Every cap I had posted before I changed the album name wound up with a slightly different code from what it had had before.

So, for you folks out there who are as negligent as I at reading the directions for a site, let that be a lesson to you. If you alter the name of an album in your image-hosting account, you end up breaking all the links. Heaven knows in which threads and LJ's I have posted these screencaps! All those links are broken, too.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2006-02-13 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
All better! It didn't take as long as I thought. I've added my solution above.

Thanks for posting.
shirebound at 2006-02-13 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness! I hope you can get everything restored. What a shock to discover such a thing.
mechtild at 2006-02-13 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
It's fixed, and in less time than I had thought it would take. I'll confess my error in an ETA, just so other similarly dim album users can be aware.

Thanks for the commiserations!
shirebound at 2006-02-13 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the ETA! I'm a Photobucket newbie, and need all the tips I can get.
mechtild at 2006-02-13 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for saying that, Shirebound. I was a little embarrassed to admit I did such a silly thing, but I thought telling what I did wrong might help someone else avoid doing the same thing.
maeglian at 2006-02-13 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least there's a tiny little comfort in you having learned the lesson on our behalf as well. It is a warning well heeded.

I'm sorry you're having this hassle.

And that picture you've linked to in this post is simply gorgeous. :-)
mechtild at 2006-02-13 20:31 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is awfully nice. And not quite like any others. I keep saying how "painterish" caps from LotR are, but this one is one of the most extreme. Others of Frodo I class with that almost done-with-dark-pastels look are some caps from Gorgoroth, just before Frodo does the famous dance fall when the eye overwhelms him ("Frodo, get down!")

Is it from Weathertop? It looks like it. I suppose I'll find out when I get that far in my screencaps.

If you have not been lurking, Maeglian, I made a "table of contents of links," for the screencaps (Frodo, EW out of character as Frodo, and EW in other roles in which I think of him as "young Frodo"), in the "Links" list on the main journal entry page (left-hand margin). I found it tedious to wade through all the "Frodo screencaps" trying to find a particular set, even using the "tags" feature.
taerie at 2006-02-14 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
What an incredible HEADACHE!! Congratulations on figuring it out so quickly.. I would be still crying under the bed. Utterly gorgeous and heartrending picture of Frodo by the way. He looks like a dream image. He makes my heart bleed with that expression.
mechtild at 2006-02-14 21:57 (UTC) (Link)
"He looks just like a dream image."

He does, doesn't he? I loved that image as soon as I saw it on some gallery of Frodo pics or other.

The atmosphere looks misty, atomized, maybe that's why. When I get to Weathertop, I'll bet I'll see it there. There was a lot of mist produced for that scene. And he certainly looks like he might have just seen the Witch King rising up over the rim of the stones.
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