25 June 2011

Busted cameras and a stroke of luck, maybe.

As it happens I managed to bust my camera last weekend, the day after the trip to the beaver pond. I'd gotten it wet that day, to the point of fogging the LCD screen. I'd assumed the worst but set it out to dry. Next day loaded up freshly charged batteries, an empty SDHC and hit the trail, powering the camera up I was pleasantly surprised it was working perfectly.  Thirty minutes later my camera was on the ground, having bounced of a rock and a root on the way there.

I mount my camera to a collapsible shooting stick, the end of which is threaded for the camera. It's sort of like a trekking pole only mine is 64" tall and puts the view finder of my camera directly in front of my eye when on level ground. Like an idiot I hadn't firmly pushed the point into the ground while I swapped an SD card in one of my trail cameras.  So, good gust of wind and the camera smacked the rock and the root, then the ground.

I picked it up and turned it on, the back half of the LCD was just white, the other side was working fine. This wasn't good. Ticked off at myself I finished my circuit and got myself back to the barn, I was leaving for Denver the next day. By the way, our high here at the house for the week was 57 degrees while I was sweating my butt off in Denver's 93 degrees.

So, back from Denver and assorted chores done I grabbed my camera this afternoon and hit the trail. Instead of using the LCD screen I was using the view finder and was hoping for the camera to work in this manner. I'll be the first to say I'm an amateur, rank amateur. I don't really have a clue as to what most of the features of my camera even do, I just like to visually document my time in the field.  Maybe one day I'll work on improving myself.

So here are the results, I'm pleased, hope you enjoy them, to see some of the detail like the Dragon Fly in in the first image you might need to click it to enlarge it.

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