Everyone once in a while I miss posting a picture. I haven’t missed more then a day, but I have missed a few. I’ve decided to not go back and do “make up” posts. I’m sure at some point in this year I will have more then one picture I want to share on a day and I will make them up at that point. If you haven’t noticed, then just ignore what I just said.
I had quite an adventure last night. I was at the beach that you see in this picture. Very nice beach, about 10 or 15 minutes from my house. I walked up the beach looking for pictures. To tell the truth, I was there testing out my new Gitzo Ocean Tripod. Turns out that it was tested alright. As I got the the end of the beach, the sun was only about 15 minutes or so from setting so I thought I would take a video of the waves at sun set. I got set up, at least 20 or 30 feet from the water line, sitting on a rock. I took my shoes off, set my camera bag down and get to working with the camera. Just as the sun was setting, a small wave made it up to the rock I was sitting on. I decided I better pack it in, I didn’t want to get wet, and I had to walk back to my car anyway. Just as I stopped the video I found my self literally waist deep in water. Some sort of rogue wave came on shore. My camera was safe sitting on the new tripod, but my shoes got picked up along with my camera bag.
I saved the camera bag first (the instincts of a photographer), then tried for the shoes, but they were gone. I couldn’t find them in the surf anyplace. The problem now was the camera bag and the 3 lenses it held were pretty wet. Salt water, sand, and lenses do not get along. Normally I always have my lenses in plastic when I go to the beach for some reason I didn’t today. I actually took everything out of the bag that I didn’t need and left it in the car just because I didn’t have the plastic, so I guess it could have been much worse. It seems the finally death tool was two lenses. My 50mm and an old zoom lens did not live though the disaster. The 50mm 1.4 from Canon seems to have NO ability to hold out any water. It was totally drowned. Not water resistant at all – be warned. This is not the first equipment fatality I’ve had, and it probably won’t be the last, but it does suck.