subtitled: When Emmy thought she broke her camera.
We went to the farmer’s market yesterday to get a few things. I had snagged my camera because there are almost always great opportunities for photos. I took a few shots – was happy with my settings selection as it was cloudy and under trees which makes getting the right colors somewhat tricky at times. Not today which was good.
After I took the 5th shot, I shut off the camera as we bought a few things. No big deal, really. Pretty standard practice with me. We stumbled upon a performer that I was going to be a great subject for some shots. On goes the camera, and I snap a few shots. Then I noticed that I wasn’t seeing photos on my screen after I took them. Hmm….I check the lens cap is off – it’s off. I double check my settings. I make sure nothing is on a sensor or something. Now I’m starting to panic. What the fuck is wrong?!?
I reset my custom shooting settings – back to factory. I double check I didn’t bump something that I shouldn’t have (knowing that is difficult given how the camera works, but I’m grasping at straws now). Nothing.
I am pointing the camera to the sky – which given my settings should have yielded an overly bright photo – it looked like it was dusk instead. “Fuck, I did break it!” was my comment to G. I start noticing my f-stop is no longer adjustable. I notice I’m not getting as much light as I should into my camera settings. Nothing is working, so I shut off the camera and hope it can be fixed.
Twenty minutes later, I decide to try something. I take off my lens and put it back on. And the camera started working again. I don’t know if I bumped it – if something got in the lens which was cleared after I did that. Who knows. It is something I will have to keep an eye on. The feeling of panic that I had was not one I want to repeat.
All I can say is that thank goodness I have the skill of troubleshooting. If I hadn’t, I would still think I had broken it instead of trying to diagnose the source. And that would have really ruined my weekend.