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A tale of disaster

May 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
So I went out to "do some photography" yesterday morning.

The reason? I hadn't made a photograph in weeks and I was feeling withdrawal. And it was foggy and I thought there might be something in it. I got some shots at the National Arboretum here in Canberra - and a couple weren't bad, either.
Trees in fog - National Arboretum Canberra. © Shane Baker
Trees in fog, National Arboretum Canberra.
© Shane Baker

Anyway, I was heading home, and I thought it might be worth making a diversion to the Murrumbidgee River to see if there was anything to shoot. The sun was up and something might be there, right?

There was. A nice flat surface on a pool in the river with reflections. I just had to get down there.

So, I picked up the Nikon and the tripod and my camera bag and headed down towards some rocks. Slippery rocks.

Next thing I know, it's like someone has kicked my legs out from under me. I hit the rocks like a safe, get back on my feet - and can't see the Nikon. Some frantic looking around and I see it - my D800 with 24 - 70 lens attached literally submerged in the river!

The lens was full of water, so I let it drain and headed home. Once home, I separated the body and lens and placed them into a home-made dehumidifier - where they remain until I can send them to Nikon Service in Sydney tomorrow!

I feel sick just thinking about this beautiful gear submerged in a river. God knows what the service bill will be.

The take away from this? If you've got a bag or a case or whatever, use it if there's the slightest chance of something going wrong - like walking on rocks in a river.

The tale of the repairs waits for another day.

Sigh ...

Shane


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