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Well, I would have been glad to post this photo. It was going to be a nice photo. It was a green bee. Something from the Agapostemon Genus. With full pollen-sacks, clambering over the chocolate brown centre of a bright yellow outhouse flower.

But, well, when the Transportation Security Administration in its infinite wisdom opened up my bag to make sure I wasn't a terrorist, they mis-packed my camera bag so that it was now under the books I was carrying and... well... after being put through the centrefuge of Pearson Airport... Now neither the view finder or the focus work, and I can't read out the main control panel.

It makes a horrible grinding noise when I turn it on.

A horrible grinding noise that scares bees.

So, no more pictures on this blog until I can repair this camera or until I can afford a replacement. One more casualty of the war to preserve our cranio-rectal way of life.

But hey! At least I did my part for my country. Or someone's country. Or some thing's country. Or some thing's version of some idea of what a country is.

Damn. I liked that camera. I'd had it since 1999, and it could do a focal length of 1.4cm.

So, I'll have to use the default LJ post, which consists of the word LOL and a picture of an inbred cat.

LOLZ! TEH INBRED CAT





Sigh.

Comments

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cecile_c
Sep. 28th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
*hands good strong booze*

Here... Hope you can get your camera fixed, I like your pictures!
barry_king
Sep. 28th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping I can just take it apart and find what's wrong. I don't know of anyone who repairs cameras like this.
arwensouth
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Bummer about the camera! I always enjoyed looking at your pictures, especially the nice close-ups you've posted in the past.

But you've had it since 1999? I seem to upgrade my camera about every two years since I switched from film to digital. But none of mine have been SLRs, just high-end point-and-shoots.

Still...a 1.4 cm focus? Wow. I think my current camera claims to do a 2 cm focus, but in practice it doesn't always work that well.

Oh, and there's been a tragic in-bread dog picture going around, too:

in-bread dog
barry_king
Sep. 28th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
It was kind of medium-end at the time, even though it's technically a point-and shoot with a lot of manual overrides. It also had a swivel-mounted lens so that you could view through the viewfinder even when holding it way over your head or very near to the ground. And for some reason, it's white-balance correction was always perfect. I almost never had to correct hue on it.

So that's why I've held onto it for so long, and why I'm really upset about it, especially since it was for such a stupid reason.

Love the photo!
peadarog
Sep. 28th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss :(
barry_king
Sep. 28th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, it does feel like losing a friend of sorts...
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