All photos I took while travelling faced the same issue: they are fully white.

Why is that? And can I recover an image from this photo?

I have included a sample below.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi and welcome to Photo.SE. Can you please edit your question to describe what issue you exactly face, how you took the photo (which settings, which scene) and perhaps an upload of the photo itself? Now you have uploaded a screenshot of your computer, which does not clarify what the problem is. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 12:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have edited the question for you, and included the sample image (you posted a screenshot of that link). However, I cannot know what settings you used. Can you upload your photo here, and include the resulting address in your question? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 12:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ There is literally nothing here to recover. Here's a very forced attempt to extract any additional information… i.sstatic.net/dYI7F.jpg What's left to concentrate on is why it went wrong. Was this a digital or film image? What's the camera, what were the settings? If film, have you looked at the negative? If digital can you upload the original somewhere other than here (google, dropbox etc) so we can see the exif data? \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 15:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Tetsujin, I think that should be an answer, not a comment. \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 19:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @inkista It could be an answer, but it also may be commentary on the contents of the uploaded image, which seems to be a screenshot of the image being displayed on a monitor, rather than the image itself. There may (doubtfully, but one never knows) be more information in the actual image if the screen was adjusted too brightly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 3:50

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For this answer, I assume that you are using a digital camera.

The image is overexposed. Without knowing your setup, we can only give general advice.

  • Your camera might be set to M (manual mode). Switch to A, P, or some other automatic mode.

  • You might have set an exposure correction.

  • The ISO setting might be too high for sunny outdoor shooting.

  • On some cameras, you must set the aperture ring to the highest value (e.g. 32) for the camera to be able to control the aperture. Some lenses have a switch to lock it into this position.

There is not much left to recover, most of the picture is white, with some faint shadows in the lower left corner. I've reduced brightness and increased contrast:

edited image

You might have more luck with your other pictures. If your camera was set to store RAW data, you might get better results using these.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What do you mean by "you must set the aperture ring to the highest value"? \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Commented Feb 7, 2021 at 0:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @osullic e.g. see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/75378/… - my Nikon just overexposes if it can't control the aperture. \$\endgroup\$
    – user24582
    Commented Feb 7, 2021 at 22:09

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