Down for the Summer

“The Magpie Airforce” was the last article I wrote for my blog. That was two months ago. Where has the time gone? What have I been doing?

July blew by with two trips to Vancouver Island. On the first, my ‘personal advisor and booking agent’ was occupied with high school reunion activities in Victoria. Time on my hands, I had the run of the town with my camera. I spent a lot of time hiking up and down lanes and alleys, around the Inner Harbour and on marina wharves. Cruise ships were in at Ogden Point. Sunset one evening was well spent there. Great fun.

Modern Cruise ship with Victoria's famous lamp  posts and flower baskets

Modern Cruise ship with Victoria’s famous lamp posts and flower baskets

On the second trip, I was taking photography courses at Image Explorations 2014 at the Shawnigan Lake School. It was the second year I have attended IE and look forward to next year’s offering.

August has been devoted to our family, all together for the first time in a few years. We treasure the time, no matter how short; we have with our sons and their families. We love our grandchildren. I think they keep us young. As a result, I have not spent much time thinking about my blog. But today, I was able to spend a bit of time putting words to paper before the family barbeque this afternoon.

I like writing, especially about my photography. “Geezer with a Camera” was an idea that has come to pass in which I write about my photo walks and shoots. And, in which I write about the steps and missteps I have made as a Geezer trying to come to grips with the digital age of photography. Learning isn’t easy for one of such “advanced” age. Sometimes, I just have to laugh at myself when things don’t go as planned.

That brings to mind a potentially big misstep on our recent trip to Victoria. I knew I would have lots of time with my camera gear so I took a lot of stuff. Lenses, tripod, monopod, cards, and batteries. Checked and recheck I thought I had it all.

Unpacking in Victoria I had the feeling something was missing. Yes, I took my camera! But something was not right.

At the time there was no answer. So I set my gear aside and watched TV.

Later that evening as I prepared to head out to explore the harbour at sunset it came to me. I had forgotten my battery charger. No problem if my batteries were fully charged.

They were not! I checked all three, discovering that I had the equivalent of one and a half fully charged batteries. Three fully charged batteries would have been sufficient but one and a half for 6 days of shooting. That would be a trick.

My back up plan was to purchase one at the nearby used camera store. In the mean time I tired to conserve power by not reviewing images in camera and not using ‘live view’ function.

It could have been a big problem. Next time, maybe I’ll have to come up with a checklist.

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