A stretch for me that almost worked.
Last week was yet another adventure dominated by Murphy. (You know, Murphy’s Law?).
I spent Wednesday afternoon scouting some shots that I thought had promise. I headed out to shoot in the “magic hour,” late afternoon when the light is best. Daydreaming of the shots ahead and failing to pay attention to the very narrow road upon which I was traveling, I was jarred back to reality by the lurch of my Suburban running partially off of the road. I came to a stop with the passenger side of the vehicle (the same side that still bears a dent from an earlier photographic misadventure) tilting precariously toward a catfish pond. Instead of capturing the shots I’d spent all day scouting, I called a friend for assistance and was “rescued” from a catfish pond by a tractor. (At this point in writing the blog, my wife is asking while reading over my shoulder, “Should you really be telling people you did that?”)
Fast forward to Friday. I was working out of a friend’s camp in South Mississippi. I set up for a shot for On A Roll, only to have my depth of field preview lock up, which I have never had happen in 30 years. It shut down the camera. The batteries were low, but not out so I didn't think this was a problem. I always have extra batteries in my bag. ALWAYS. But not today. After 30 minutes of trying to get the camera to work, I gave up, and we headed back to the camp. Later when I replaced the batteries, everything worked just fine. But as I reloaded, I heard the dreaded click of the shutter, exposing a frame to...blackness. It seems while putting the batteries back into the camera, the vertical shutter release switch on the camera released and I hit it. The Nikon F5 has a second shutter release on the bottom of the camera and it does not lock! It’s a feature I never used...until that accidental usage on Friday.
1) Cardinal in Shagbark Hickory Tree
March 30, 2011 - 2:20 pm
Cloudy, 55 degrees
500mm, 1/80@f4, Tripod
35) Cottontail Rabbit Eating Grass
June 22, 2011 - 7:17 pm
Clear, 85 degrees
500mm w/2xTC, 1/60@f8, Tripod
25) Turtle Tracks on Leaf River Sandbar
June 3, 2011 - 7:23 am
Clear, 75 degrees
17-35mm, 1/40@f22, Tripod
30) Leaves, Vine & Dew at Sunrise
June 14, 2011 - 6:21 am
Clear, 68 degrees
500mm, 1/125@f4, Tripod
2) White-tailed Deer in Late Afternoon
March 30, 2011 - 6:18 pm
Cloudy, 49 degrees
500mm, 1/5@f4, Tripod