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The Curse Of The Amaryllis

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 30 March 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This photo tells the sad sad story that was to be the death of my Nikon 18-200mm lens.

I decided to shoot this flowering Amaryllis outside in the spring sunshine, so had set myself up on the patio. After shooting off several photos from every conceivable angle I placed my camera down on our patio table while I returned the Amaryllis back to the kitchen window sill. I returned to pack away my camera and as I picked my camera up and turned to head back inside the camera strap became caught on one of the tables' slats and the camera was pulled out of my grip - in slow motion I saw my camera head lens first towards the hard brick block-work patio surface - (I am still haunted by the sound of breaking glass).

Lots of swearing and curses followed but after the dust had settled I was able to establish that the body of my D90 was in fact intact and unhurt and after a phone call to my household insurer a claim was made under our accidental damage cover. I hope to have my "New" replacement lens by the time this post becomes "live".

The damaged lens was deemed not to be financially viable for repair and sadly this frame is the last it was able to capture - although not the best shot from my shoot it was the one I felt I should share. I think my post processing reflects the "evil" possessed Amaryllis.

I always believed that the camera strap was there for no other reason than to protect your valuable camera from harm - sadly it has a sinister side and I urge all you lovely people with your precious cameras to air on the side of caution and to be aware of how easily it can become snagged on something.

NIKON D90 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 640 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

1/125 second
ISO 640
300 mm (35mm equiv.)