Ice Cream on a horse? – Lessons Learned – 2/365

Ice Cream Parlor - Great Norther Center

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, 10mm (Cropped), ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures

I took my son to the Carousel last night and I had to take some brackets of the sunset. It was gorgeous! This picture would be a lot better if there was fresh, untrampled snow, but I still like it.

Lessons Learned

Well, since this is a new blog, you wouldn’t think that I learned a whole lot, but I actually did… at least, I learned an important lesson. I told my wife that I wanted to take Friday afternoon and spend the time shooting the old mining town off High Ore Rd. So, I drop my son off at my parents house (it was too cold for him and the snow was WAY too deep!) and headed to Comet, MT. I should note that my primary “mission” was to take a Sunset picture for today’s post. As you’ve probably noticed, today’s post is NOT an abandoned mining town… more on that later.

On High Ore Rd. I stopped a couple of times to grab some brackets of a couple old trucks and a mining cart. I have a couple hours to shoot before the sun sets, so I click away. It’s about 5 degrees out, so I’m pretty cold. Plus, to get to some shots, I had to wade through waist deep snow. That was fun. Finally, I think it’s time for the sun to set, so I head to the place where I think I can take the best shot from. I get to my spot, setup my tripod, and wait. And wait. And wait some more. I was about 30 minutes too early. It was cold! I didn’t want to move or investigate the area because it was fresh snow and I didn’t want my tracks ruining the shot. Finally, the sun sets. I turn my camera on, set it up to shoot -1,0,+1, make sure it’s focused correctly, turn it to manual focus, set the timer to 2 seconds (to eliminate camera shake), and press the shutter button. I hear ‘click’ (first shot), ‘click’ (second shot), and nothing. Uh oh. I looked at my camera and it’s off. Crap! Yep, my battery is dead. So, I turn it off and on and try again. Same thing. Then, I try just taking one shot. It works and stays on. So, I just took one shot at a time, adjusting the exposure each time. It worked, but not the way I’d hoped. I think I’ll be able to salvage it, but it will take a little more post processing than is typical.

So, the lesson learned? Buy/bring extra batteries! I have a battery grip, but only one battery. Also, because it was so cold, my battery drained faster. So, before you go on any shoot (esp. a wedding), make sure you have plenty of battery power sitting in your pack. You may need it!

Sneak Peak for tomorrow: I have another High Ore photo that I think you’ll really enjoy!

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January 3, 2011 - 11:33 pm

adrienne I really like this pic- It caputres the playful atmosphere you are about to enter.

January 3, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Chris @Adrienne Sigh, I suppose I need to comment on my wife’s comments as well. 😛 Thanks, honey. Aiden and I really did have a good time that night. Wish you could have been there!

January 4, 2011 - 4:54 am

Mom Just your mom commenting, but I really like this one! It looks like something from time gone by.

January 4, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Chris @Mom – Thanks, Mom.

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