Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Bugger that - another one bites the dust

My camera didn't survive the latest trip. It worked in California but didn't make it through the last 15,000 miles or so. Not sure what broke it - perhaps the wet and cold California beaches did for it or maybe the rather bumpy flight back across the Pacific, but it's broken and a write-off. It'd cost more than it's worth to get fixed. That's two cameras broken in two years although the previous one got hit by lightning, so I'll forgive it for expiring on me!

Perhaps it's time to invest in a proper camera. I'll be thinking about this over the next day or two especially as my Mauna Kea summit visits will be limited, but then again even if my current camera still worked, I've outgrown the thing. It can't do what I want it to do.

Even more disappointing is that it was pretty obvious the camera was on its way out in California - the zoom kept failing and focusing was becoming a real bitch hence a lot of not-quite-in-focus pictures - but I didn't spot the problem until downloading all the photos onto my PC and spotting the focus problem. Oh well, the trip to California and London was wonderful anyway!

So, here are a couple of the last shots the camera ever took, both at Summerland, CA. Hope you enjoy them!


Beep said...

I'm so glad you had fun while you were here in California. love Pam

Aimee Nadow said...

Your photos are GORGEOUS! So full of color and light! I especially love the "smooth stones". Stumbled upon your site from the "Next Blog" button- am I glad I did! Thanks for sharing! Aimee, from Tampa, FL

Tammie Lee said...

gorgeous photos
wishing you a wonderful new camera

Tom said...

Pam, Aimee and Tammie - thank you!

Tom said...

PS. Tammie - what amazing photos on your site. Truly stunning. You can regard me as a new regular reader of your blog!