LrCC is different to Lr Classic. The idea is that all originals are stored in the cloud although there is also an option in preferences to store a copy locally.
If your missing photo was originally in Lr Classic (previously CC 2015) then it should still be in the folder on your hard drive.
Thanks. I have looked where I expect the photos to be, but I cannot find them. Location you think they should be? Any reason the downloader only brings down the smart previews?
The downloader can only provide what is stored in the cloud.
-smart previews from a syncd collection in Lr Classic
-originals first imported into LrCC on desktop, web or mobile devices
Great. I have looked, searched, and I cannot find the photos on my harddrive. Is there a default locaton that original lightroom stored these? I have looked where I expect them to be, but I am not finding them. They are uploaded to the cloud via LR CC, so I "have" them but locally they seem to have gone on a walkabout.
In Lr Classic you can find the download folder from the Cloud Ecosystem in Preferences (Lightroom CC Tab)/Location..... the folder’s location can be user determined.
If Sync is enabled, then any originals imported into LrCC should download to there.
Additionally, depending on what preferences you set in LrCC Desktop, originals may also be stored permanently or temporarily in it‘s ‘Lightroom Library.lrlibrary’ package, but you’d have to right click that package to see them. These options can be found under Preferences/Local Storage (again, the folder’s location for originals can be user determined).