LIGHTROOM: When viewing an image in a collection that happens to be buried in a stack, what's the best way to get show the entire stack?

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I use stacks a lot. I also use collections (Regular, Smart, Publish Service, Etc.) a lot. When I'm viewing images in a collection, many times I want to see other images in my catalog that are around one in the collection - but not actually in the collection. For example, the other images in the same stack as one I'm seeing in the collection.

If the image in the collection is not buried in a collapsed stack, I just select the image in the collection then click the "all photographs" source and the grid positions itself to the selected image but shows all my photos.

However, in the same scenario, if the image in the collection is buried in a collapsed stack, say #3 of 12, when I select it then go to "All Photographs" the grid is positioned at the first image in my entire catalog, not at the stack containing the image I had selected. What is the best way around this problem?

Thanks -- Dan
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A workaround: When you're in the collection, select the photo, right-click it, and do Go To Folder In Library. Then select All Photographs.

Given that Go To Folder In Library works while selecting All Photographs doesn't, I'd call this a bug (behavior unintended by the LR team).

In my opinion, stacks in LR are not very well-thought-out and are really second-class citizens.
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Thanks John - spot on. As you say, by going to the folder, it shows the folder, expands the collapsed stack containing the selected image and positions the grid to the selected image which is exactly what I would want it to do.

Gee, I hope the Adobe folks don't consider this correct behavior a bug and "correct" it in the next version as they have on several other things (remember the Keyword attributes fiasco?). However, they should consider adopting the same behavior when clicking "All Photographs" but we'll wait and see. I suppose "All Photographs" is technically a collection as well which may complicate the issue for them.

Thanks again John.

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Not positioning to the stacked image in All Photographs would be the bug, I'd think.