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Pit caving, and the death of a camera.

 
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Mar 17, 2014 21:26 |  #1

Well folks, it happened. My T3i and its 10-22mm died on me. Though I must say it went out in the way an SLR should. Read through the photos, they tell the story (kinda).

Day 1 - Stephen's Gap Cave
Came in at the right time, beautiful sun beams and rainbows. Everyone had a blast on rope. This was my 200th backcountry waterfall! This was a 140ft pit (about 30ft below the photo, and 100 above).

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and then, it all went wrong.
Neversink Pit (162ft).
Got there and it was filled with fog. This prompted me to leave my lenses, flashes, and flahbulbs at the top of the pit (no sense hauling stuff out you wont need right?). Climbed all the way out of the pit, and was 15ft out when I felt all the weight under me disappear. Two seconds later, my camera and lens went from about 150mph to 0 instantly. The SLR was intact, but bent beyond use. The lens was in pieces. A new body has been ordered, and a used lens will be found soon. Below are the last photos it took.

This camera has been through twelve cave trips, dropped numerous times, rolled down a 30ft incline once. Been to Yellowstone, Alaska, Hawaii, the ocean, and numerous backpacking trips in less than two years. Someone asked me if it was worth the $1300 for the lens and camera to get the photos it got me, I told them the photos an experiences were priceless. It will be missed.

SX30IS, T3i, 18-55 IS II, 55-250 IS... life is good.

  
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Mar 17, 2014 21:29 |  #2

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Late evening in Neversink.
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Neversink and waterfalls under moonlight (last photo on the SD card).

BUT does that stop a photographer? Hell no, bring in the back up camera... a Canon SX30IS.
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The 67ft Holiday Hole

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the 230ft Valhalla. One of the most amazingly beautiful places I have ever been in. Climbed up through sunbeams, mossy formations, with birds flying around me. Truly awesome, and humbling.

Can not wait to go back.

I have more photos and videos to post... mostly on YouTube, links later.

Enjoy, C&C welcome, Ryan

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Mar 17, 2014 21:44 |  #3

I think I am breaking the max photo rule here.... BUT....

GoPro screen shot nearing Valhalla.

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GoPro screen shot in Stephen's Gap
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and a photo by Cassandra Mosely of me in Stephen's Gap
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Mar 18, 2014 02:08 |  #4

I always look forward to your posts, Ryan.... these pics are outstanding! Sorry to learn of the death of your T3i... RIP.


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Mar 18, 2014 03:27 |  #5

Fantastic shots Ryan!

Camera, lenses and other accessories are only tools, even if they are expensive. The most important is what is written on a memory card because this small item stores our memories.

It's a pity you lost your equipment. Chin up!

Have you ordered the same camera model you had or something different?


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Mar 18, 2014 10:03 as a reply to  @ Ursyn's post |  #6

Thanks! Yeah, I bought a new T3i body with a pretty thorough warranty :)

Video to be posted soon!


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Mar 18, 2014 10:22 |  #7

Sorry about the gear; but damn! Looks like a helluva'n experience


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Mar 18, 2014 10:32 |  #8

It was, especially Valhalla, it did not bother me, probably because it was SO BIG that I simply couldnt comprehend it.


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Mar 18, 2014 21:27 as a reply to  @ rpmaurer's post |  #9

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=8iuJkN__e7k (external link) Video


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Mar 18, 2014 23:50 |  #10

The moonlight one is really nice.


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Mar 19, 2014 11:35 |  #11

sweet series and story(except about the loss) but my question is where is the pic of the carnage? lol


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Mar 19, 2014 12:41 as a reply to  @ atexasphotog's post |  #12

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Mar 19, 2014 12:42 |  #13

not sure why its upside down, but you get the picture (pun intended)


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Mar 19, 2014 17:29 |  #14

Sorry for the loss of your camera.
On a side note, I love the first image in the second post. Great series and story! Looks like a blast!


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Mar 19, 2014 20:17 |  #15

Nice shots! Sorry about the loss of your camera and lens.
A friend and I were at Stephens Gap Cave on March 14. Did you notice all the wildflowers? The most tout lilies I have ever seen.




  
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