Thanks to my wonderful parents, which also includes the in-laws, GranDee, Pop, and Grandma Judi, I have 2 new lenses for my camera. They are the new Nikkor 50mm prime.
the Nifty fifty
and the zoom.
the 55-200 Vibration Reduction Zoom
I also have been encouraged to head back to school and get a degree. I am having a hard time keeping up with posting here, working and going to school. Something has to give. I’ll try and keep posting some pictures to my picasa web album, I’ve got a few in there from when I first got my camera and I just put a few in there last-night when I posted some pictures with my Career Profile. I’m not saying I’m quitting just probably slowing down for a couple of weeks.
On that note, we drove for an hour to go to a couple of places this weekend for an adventure, but I ran into a problem I’ve never have before and I hope to never have again. More on that in a sec.
And this adventure wouldn’t be complete without one of those crazy phallic symbols I love so much with all the Kanji
The crazy Kanji phallus thing
From there it’s a short walk up a stone path
The short walk up a stone path
The greenery was green, the path was stone, maybe a little slippery but I had my sneaks on so I was confident. Jo was waiting at the top pointing to something and I kept looking up and back to see what in the world she was being so mysterious about. I couldn’t see a dog-gone thing, I’m walking up there looking back thinking to myself WHAT, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!!!!!! WHAT????? They waited patiently at the top of the stone path….
Waiting patiently for Dad.
When I got to the top of the short stone path she pointed to a tree and said look butterflies, can you see them. I turned and I still couldn’t see anything. So…I got my camera out and zoomed in…sure enough, butterflies. I took 2 pictures.
Now at this point my back LCD comes on and doesn’t seem to be going off. Wait I didn’t push any buttons, and I’m trying to take some pictures of butterflies, I turn it off. I’m getting ready to take another picture and it comes back on. What the heck??? You stupid SOB camera, stay off, I’m trying to capture the beauty of the butterflies here. It comes back on, now at this point I’m starting to get angry, but this time I really take the time to look at what is going on.
Earlier in the day, just before we left the house, I thought I’d put my spare battery in so I could take some practice pics on the way down and make sure I have my White Balance set correctly and which one is going to be better for shade or clouds or bright sun. As I search through my camera bag I’m realizing I took the battery out and put the fresh one in while we were camping last weekend. I put the other one on to charge when we got rained out and moved into the room. Hmmmmmm, the spare wasn’t in my bag like I’d thought it was. In fact I still can’t find it.
So…as I looked at the back display I noticed the battery symbol was blinking, “oh that can’t be good”, I tried to turn it off and then back on and focus, no joy. I tried turning the back display off and focus, sorry Charlie. I almost threw it down the short stone path, totally could’ve made it to the bottom, to see if the jarring would work but thought better of that. You’ve got to be kidding me. My battery is dead and I can’t find my spare. Even if the spare had 1/2 a charge I could get through the day with it. This is the first stop. Unbelievable…I looked through my camera bag 3 times there at the top of the short stone path, and my camera bag isn’t that big.
Lesson learned. Keep better track of the battery packs. Maybe get an extra one for the extra one. A veritable backup for the backup for the backup. A double or triple back up. Speaking of backups, I should think about getting some extra memory cards also. I don’t shoot in RAW yet but I will probably start, that will cut down on the amount of pictures I can take. Aaaaaaaaugh. Back ups and back ups for my back ups. This is crazy.
That is the latest adventure we’ve had here in Okinawa, I’ll make sure I keep you posted on what is going on in this tropical island paradise. Even if I am a little slow in doing so. Especially since we are quickly approaching the next step in our island adventures, Whidbey Island.(but that’s a different post)