Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sigma 24-60 Lens Hood We Hardly New Ye...


Mandarin Dock 4-15-08-104
Originally uploaded by tbd7182

Today was a pretty full day of class so on the way home I noticed a decent enough looking sunset and figured I would head out to County dock and take some photos. When I arrived at the dock I was surprised to find literally NO ONE else on the dock. When I took a couple steps out onto the dock I realized why this was. 1. The wind was howling (probably up to about 40 mph on the water) 2. It was cold 3. The sunset wasn't looking too good anyway. Being the eternal optimist I am or just the hardheaded photographer (pick one or both) refusing to accept a wasted trip for what it was I forged on. The river had plans of its own for me.

It was kind of nice being able to walk around wherever I want and take shots at almost every angle I could imagine, unfortunately the sunset wasn't really working with me and there wasn't much to shoot. I was still enjoying working with my new Sigma 24-60 2.8 and just working on getting some different shots. While I was framing a shot and using a circular polarizer apparently I slightly loosened my lens hood. I took a shot, looked up and all I hear was a pop as the wind finished unscrewed the lens hood the rest of the way. As it flew off the first bounce was right on the rail the next thing I saw and heard was a splash as the hood hit the water. The whole thing seemed to be in slow motion. I probably could have taken a shot at catching it but decided to keep my hands on the thousands of dollars of camera equipment and just watch the $20 lens hood take a bounce. Some lessons to be learned: When all signs point to a "no go" shooting day, listen to the signs. If you're hard headed enough to forge on tape your lens hood on when battling the wind and most importantly hold on to the expensive stuff :-)

Now the hood rests at the bottom of the St Johns and although all I want to do is help the river, I'm now a polluter - I blame the wind! :-)

Now the lens hood is swimming with the fishes. Poor 24-60 lens hood, we hardly knew ye...

3 comments:

Sandy said...

Sorry about the lens hood ~ definitely better that than any other camera item, though. I can only imagine how strong that wind must've been out on that dock.
Sandy (marsan915 from the Jax Flickr group).

Sharon said...

Oh no!! LOL, that was the same afternoon my daughter and I were at Alpine Groves, it WAS cold! But we pretty much had the place to ourselves too, which was very nice :)

Kimi said...

And I thought losing a lens cap was bad!