The Sunday Snap 29

My phone was flooded with messages about Kite Surfers getting big air at my local beach and photographic opportunities were being missed. I grabbed my gear and headed to the beach, found a good spot to capture some action shots however the camera had other ideas.

Its hard to explain what was happening but I’ve put it down to the batteries being really low and the camera couldn’t decide between where to provide power, to the lens or the body. As kite surfers are fast moving I was shooting in Mode S (Shutter-Priority Auto) to capture the action. This leaves the camera to decide the Aperture for the best results but all but one of the shots was either over or underexposed and the camera wouldn’t focus nor allow me to press the shutter button.

I persevered (what I really mean is that I wrestled with the camera whilst muttering under my breath WTF is wrong this camera) for over an hour before I headed back to the car knowing one photo might be salvageable however but the rest would end up in the trash as they were useless.

At some stage in our careers as photographers, pro or amateur we will experience equipment failing and nothing we try to do to rectify the issue doesn’t work, and it seemed it was my turn. Some times its best to pack it in and come back tomorrow for another go.

Until next time, happy shooting.

Sunrise (frustrations) at the Lighthouse

It was one of those mornings where it would have been better if I stayed in bed. Nothing I tried to do with my camera to capture an image, any image seemed to work. My frustrations were increased when I realised that my remote shutter release was at home and levelling the tripod became a frustrating feat which then snowballed to even the basics like focus, rule of thirds, getting the ISO right etc.

Point Lonsdale Sunrise

Deciding that the best photo taken this morning was not one taken by me left me with the option of just watching the sunrise as I considered how far I could chuck a tripod off a cliff (and the cost of a replacement tripod). So I cleared my head and decided that I would move the set up and try again. As the saying goes “Perseverance pays off” meant that I couldn’t just give up so I decided that I would bracket three images and then head home for breakfast.

I’m fully aware that we all have days that are simply fustrating and we should go and do something safe, like going back to bed but instead we stick a piece of technical equipment like a camera in our hands to frustrate challenge us a that little bit more so I’m curious what frustations you have had while out shooting…..and has anyone has every thrown their tripod off a cliff?

Happy shooting