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Old 28th of April 2012 (Sat)   #1
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Angry Death Valley Salt Flats disaster

To start with this is the last shot my Canon 10-22mm lens took before disaster struck, read more below.

Two days ago I was in Death Valley and was shooting the salt flats when the unthinkable happened. As I'm shooting with my 60D and the 10-22 my 40D with my 17-85 lens crashed over as a real strong wind gust hit me. Crap! So I walk over to pick it up and see broken glass. It turned out to be just the filter, not a scratch on the lens and everything worked fine. As I'm taking the filter off another gust comes up and knocks my 60D over, REALLY? Double crap! I lay the 40D down and pick up the 60D, everything seems intact, no visible damage. So I go to take a photo and it won't focus. It's then I notice the body has come loose under the focus ring. I continued my shoot using the 60D and 17-85, added weight to my tripod and tried relaxing, didn't happen! See the photo below of my 40D on the ground just after it fell as I was shooting with the 60D.

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Default Re: Death Valley Salt Flats disaster

Sorry to hear about the, "Doh!" moments.

That's actually a really cool shot, even with the fallen camera in the frame. Adds "drama" and a sense of scale. I always thought those salt formations were macro sized, not TRIPOD sized! Wow!

I will sometimes extend my tripod legs out to the wider stance to keep it from falling over in wind and/or ocean waves.
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Old 28th of April 2012 (Sat)   #3
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beautiful shot, that's what filters are for
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Default Re: Death Valley Salt Flats disaster

It's funny I was going to take the filters off before I headed out, glad I didn't!
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BTW thanks for the comments on the photo. I'm not happy with it, but then I'm not happy right now period! LOL I also had some Milky Way shots that turned out blurry so that kind of bummed me out too.
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Hi Dave

Great image above, period!

Your gear issues sound frustrating. I call them senior moments
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Nice image.
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Yeah, stupid is as stupid does! Even at 48 I'm still learning from my mistakes.
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Great image above, period!

Your gear issues sound frustrating. I call them senior moments
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Sorry about your troubles, Dave. Good go at the salt flat. Did you by chance try any later, with only after glow?
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What tripods were you using?
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With my 60D a heavy duty Bogen and with the 40D a MeFoto tripod. The MF is a lightwieght tripod. It was just those gusts that got me. In the future I'll use some weight under the tripod, but you learn as you go!

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I waited quite a while, not much of an afterglow. The clouds and afterglow seem to have eluded me!

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Tragic story, but beautiful shot!
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