As I type this blog post, my Nikon 16-35 lens is lying on the bottom of a river in Scotland. As a tribute to this great, but seldom used lens in my bag, I thought I would share one of its last captures. Unsurprisingly, the image is that of a waterfall in the Highlands taken on our first full day out.
What caused this great lens to plunge stories to its demise? Most likely user malfunction. There were quite a few lens changes happening and this particular time it must have been connected poorly to the camera. When the body of said camera was tapped, the lens shot straight out four to five feet while doing a slow motion spin/flip/swan-dive into a ravine 50 feet below.
Insurance covered the loss without question. I strongly encourage travel photographers to get insurance coverage, as typical policies do not cover damage, theft, and loss abroad. The amazing part of the loss, however, is that our scarily resourceful guide had a replacement delivered to our next hotel two days later!
I rarely use tripods. For me, being connected to a tripod is like handcuffing my creativity. I find that when capturing people or spontaneous moment, the time it takes to loosen the knobs and twirl the lens is oftentimes enough to miss the action. As long as there is a decent amount of light my fast lenses and high-ISO capable cameras handle the majority of situations just fine.
Waterfalls, however, are a different story. I prefer the soft “cotton candy” dreaminess of the plummeting water versus the rigid freeze-frame of its heart-pounding action. To achieve this I use a Singh-Ray 10-Stop Mor-Slo filter. When using this filter it is necessary to do more planning and preparation: VR needs to be turned off and autofocus needs to be used and then switched to manual immediately before attaching the filter. Tripods and cable releases take center stage and your ability to move around quickly and effortlessly disappears.
Success with this filter tends to be a technical feat. I use it sparingly but when I do I get results that make carrying around a tripod well worth it. I still prefer the freedom of turning, bending, reaching up and down, and running around with my camera free, but for creativity in nature this setup is becoming second nature to me… pun intended.
Sorry for your loss….but a nice photo…
Love the photo!
I feel your pain. Yay for insurance! Lovely image as always!
What insurance do you use for your business? Shopping for a new carrier.
Not good, but at least no one took the plunge to try to save it.
Thanks for sharing
LOL!! Nice capture. Time get a new one. Hint: John Onysko 😉
Your lens and my filters can live together in the big camera bag in the sky… BTW, I am also interested in who you use for insurance.
Man are you talented!!!!
Thanks, it was a sad day….insurance is through Chubb, a check was waiting for me when i got home….
Susan a dreamy image indeed! Sorry for the hens loss, but it’s good knowing you were able to cover the loss through insurance! Keep up the great work.
Sad to hear of your “hen” as well
May it Rest in Peace!
Better your lens, than you. You are irreplaceable.
Susan, I am sorry you lost a lens. I lost a VERY expensive lens yesterday…but it was returned to me thanks to a good samaritan. I may be sharing this story soon. Love your image. I hope to meet you soon.
beautiful shot despite the loss 🙂
Sorry for your loss in that moment. I too have felt part of your pain Susan. It was a Canon L-Series Lens…24-70. It fell off of my camera shooting the Professional Automobiles Show. Hit the pavement real nice!!!!! However, it was repairable through Canon…$500.00 Ouch!
Beautiful landscape! I’ve been to Scotland & it’s a wonderful place to take pictures. There are as many vistas to shoot as there are close ups. Sorry you lost your lens! At least you’ll now always know where it is..lol.
Wow, beautiful picture. A lens can be replaced.
Che bello 🙂
The loss of the lens sucks… But I’m so glad you didn’t lost the memory card! Gorgeous shot!
Great story, Suzy! Sorry about your lens but glad it can be replaced. Love this photo!
Thanks all….hope to meet you some day soon Kristy Steeves! Jerry Jividen I had a camera/lens take a dive off my kitchen counter a few years back and no child or adult in the house fessed up…thankfully a busted UV filter was all that was damaged-