I updated my iPod to iOS 6.1 and it's now in recovery mode. Fantastic. I just want to know if all my pictures will be gone. I don't think I had updated them to iCloud. That'll teach me.
Yes, everything on the iPod is gone. Beside your backup, you may be able to get photos from your PhotoStream. See that topic of:
iOS: Importing personal photos and videos from iOS devices to your computer
Retrieving data ...