The Trade-Off

Garth Smith

Joined November 2008

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Went back to Gerald’s Dam tonight because my youngest needed some “time with dad” and wanted to go “topographing” and it was fairly close by.
Things were pretty uninspiring when we got there as the water level was down almost 3 metres and there was lots of ugly red clay bank exposed around the perimeter.
But as the title says …. there is a trade off …. and the lower water level allowed us to walk freely instead of having to scrub bash around the sides.
So we dawdled around to a nearby miniscule promontory where we’d be able to get reflections if the semi-promising sky decided to put on a show.
I took a few pics while I watched him keenly looking for things to snap.
The sky did turn it on and I was in photographer heaven for a few minutes. My young protege keenly mimicking dad and us spending time together “in the wild”. This is the result.
Would be nice if that was the end of the story LOL.
He asked if I was “getting anything”. So I turned the back screen to him. He liked it very much so came for a closer look.
And as he came his foot clipped his tripod, and I lunged toward it ….. in … slooooo….moooow as the Lumix FZ20 teetered on the balance point then gracefully, smoothly fell and went splat and then slid down the bank …… until …… it ended up 2 inches under the waters surface. It was only 2 or so seconds before I pulled it out but now it makes funny noises. Its drying now, we’ll have to see.
The poor little bugger is gutted.
Trade-offs huh …. we got some quality time (even if did end up almost in tears) but it may have cost me a backup camera, but I ended up with this shot straight from the box.
I think I’m probably in front.

Geralds Dam, Christmas Hills

Nikon D90
Sigma 10-20mm
Lee grad ND filter

featured in Colour & Light group 27th March 2010
featured in Sensational Sun group 28th March 2010
featured in All Countries-Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes & Rivers 10th July 2010

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