It couldn't happen, could it?
We've just returned from a long weekend in Cornwall. I'd planned where I would have liked to photograph, places, times, tides and suchlike. It was all very dependent on the Cornish weather, which didn't look brilliant but Cornwall is one of those places that looks even better when the weather is on the wild side. Anyway, the main thing on the to do list was a short walk from Sennen Cove to Land's End, which is around one and a half miles. It was gusty when we reached Sennen Cove but dry and so we decided to carry on and make the walk. Although it's a short walk, you get spectacular views of the Atlantic and with it being gusty, the waves were quite strong. We made Land's End and took a few more photos before making the trip back to Sennen Cove. By the time we got there, the tide was on it's way in and the combination of the moon phase and high winds, which were whipping up the waves, crashing against the curving harbour wall. I stayed there quite a while, experimenting with angles and also with some longer exposures, which will hopefully make their way onto DT in the near future.
Day two saw us drive a short distance up the coast to Botallack, which is the site of an old tin mining area, which has also featured in a tv series called Poldark. It was very damp when we got there, as what the Cornish call a "Mizzle" had set in. This is a mixture of drizzle and a saturating mist, which reduces visibility drastically but tends to come and go as it pleases and in a short time. My rucksack was on the back seat of the car and I unzipped the flap to get the rain cover out. Surprisingly for Great Britain, it was only the second time I'd used it. So, rain cover stretched over the rucksack, (have you spotted what I hadn't done?) I put it on my back and walked about three paces when I heard a commotion going on behind me. Looking round I had the sad sight of the camera with a lens attached and two other lenses, lying on the rough ground of the car park, as the rain cover ran for it's own cover in the wind. Looking back, it seems surreal as I ran after the rain cover, while the lenses lay on the ground but I managed to trap the cover against a wall and quickly got back to recover the gear. By the look of the damge, the camera fell viewfinder down but didn't crack the screen but then toppled over and scraped the lens casing. The long lens has some cosmetic damage but doesn't rattle but the 70-200 landed at an angle with one edge of the lens cap and rim of the lens casing sustaining quite an impact. No external glass appears damaged but who knows what the optics are like.
Under the circumstances, I think my lack of Anglo Saxon utterances was admirable, even if I do say so myself. I may have been cheered by the mizzle evaporating to reveal a still grey but wonderful landscape of the coast with engine houses perched on the side of the cliffs. It seems I'm still a glass half full person, which is good to have reinforced.Anyway, a few test shots, showed auto focus confused and exposure metering quite a way out. So, I have a few over and underexposed shots and one or two that might be retrievable.
In hindsight, it's easy to see how it could have been avoided, just by zipping up the rucksack before putting the rain cover on and we wouldn't be here and I wouldn't be writing a blog about it. So, from now on, I'll try to be more careful than I thought I already was. That or I will leave the rain cover off. The equipment has just been collected and it's on it's way to be assessed, so I will have more time for carrying out the spring cleaning I last blogged about.
So, the photo is from the first (and what proved to be the last proper photography) day but after everything, it was still a great trip away.
Photo credits: S Walker.
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