I like maps. They’re good for a lot of things, including a source of inspiration when I’m planning my weekend photo excursions. Even when you know (or think you know) the area you live in, a close inspection of a map can reveal something you haven’t seen before. Say for example, a murder scene. I’m not kidding, the Murder Scene Marsh (Mordplatsmyran) is marked on every map, provided the scale allows it because it’s a really small patch of bog. If you don’t believe me, take a look yourself.
I made some enquiries and found out that apparently back when someone had killed someone over some money and so the bog became known as Mordplatsmyran. I’ve driven past it many times, but never paid any attention to the place. Now that I saw the name, I just had to go and take a closer look. I found out two things. Firstly, there are a lot of dead trees in this bog which was appropiate enough for the name. Secondly, when you’re standing on the road and look to the bog and then behind it, it actually has a lot of potential – a few weeks earlier when there still was colour in the trees, and in a better light than today, it would’ve made a really nice landscape picture. And honestly, I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever that I’ve ever reacted to this place when I’ve driven past.
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The coal tits are giving me a hard time. I’m still trying to get a good keeper, this is today’s effort.5 comments
I have this recurring dream (or nightmare) that I’m looking at a photo opportunity of a lifetime and then when I press the shutter button, nothing happens. Well, unfortunately it looks like this nightmare is now becoming true – lately the shutter button is not responding as it should. Halfway it’s just fine, it focuses just as fast as it always did, but then when I press it fully to take the picture – nothing. Zip. Nada. This happens maybe 1 time out of 5 and it’s not related to the lens I use (I’ve tested with two Canon L-series lenses). No such problems when using a remote, so it’s only the camera shutter button that’s now starting to act up.
A real nuisance when I’m photographing moving subjects like the birds with the 300mm lens. Having to use the remote makes the process very un-intuitive because you have to keep your right hand on the handle anyway to move and balance the camera, and then the left hand is on the lens to steady the rig which is not very comfortable when you also have to operate the remote.
Definitely a bug, not a feature.
Let’s see… I bought my camera in September last year. They come with a 1-year warranty, right? Bummer.3 comments