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Spring Arriving 20120328

You may recall that last summer my camera was made unusable by the careful ministrations of the United States TSA. Basically, by re-packing my bag badly after searching it for explosives, they caused my antiquated-but-capable-of-1.4cm-focal-range-digital-camera to lose the ability to focus. I had looked around all winter, but I don't see any cameras I can afford that can do the macro photography I love to do.

So, since a work-compatriot left me in the lurch (so I had the time to do this) I took out my watchmaker's tools, and my tiny, tiny, prybar for dealing with tiny, tiny, electronics. And my tiny, 000-sized phillips screwdriver and my massive, clunky, Lithuanian-Peasant-Genome fingers, and my shaky-delerium-tremens grip and took apart my old 1998 digital camera that at-the-time cost $1200, that I bought for the massive discount of $600, and would cost $600 minimum to replace.

And after four hours of careful vivisection, I found the fault. It was a cam that had been dislocated, causing the auto-focus to jam because it was trying to make the manual focus follow the scope of the telephoto, but being confined to too small a focal length. Once re-shifted into place (a procedure which caused barry-the-fumble-fingers to spend a couple of hours carefully placing black-plastic-parts-against-black-plastic-parts-in-dim-light), the mechanism started working properly, so I re-assembled the left half of the camera, and so far it's working, although the flash seems problematic. Not that I ever used the flash, but hey.

So in celebration, let me give you this photo of a Chickadee that I made with it today. I am so relieved that I won't need to spend $600+ to replace this camera.

Because that would never happen.


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Mar. 29th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I am SOOOO impressed! I shall send a link to this post to my dad, the professional wildlife photographer. I daresay he'll be impressed, too.
Mar. 29th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
I'm sure he'd laugh with understanding at the sixty other photographs of a strange feather-coloured blur in the air.
Mar. 29th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Congrats! Yet again, you have outsmarted the TSA!
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
And for my next trick, I will startle a myopic emu.
Mar. 29th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
I love the chickadee shot ;o) Very nice!
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
Pushy little birds. You can almost read "where's the damn sunflower seed?" in its eye.
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
At that size, they gotta be...
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Hey, yeah... I wonder if they're like shrews. Stop eating for a day and they die of hunger.
Mar. 29th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Green_trilobite is also impressed - he takes macro shots too, but usually of fossils ("isn't it nice when Nature holds still," he says).
Mar. 29th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes. I very rarely do animals (other than slow-moving insects). But I've got lots of flower photography!
Mar. 29th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I know it would drive me crazy not to have my camera, and it's nowhere near as good as yours.
Mar. 29th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not a fantastic camera (Nikon Coolpix 995), but it does have that really really tight focal length, and it has one side swivel away from the other, so that you can take pictures from practically any angle you can put it in. I'd never have got this shot if I couldn't hold the camera against the bridge railing at arms length, looking down at the viewfinder from below.

It's also easy to switch into manual mode and set focal length, and so on, so I could get the shot in focus and wait for a bird to come within shooting range.
Mar. 29th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
A lovely photo, as always. Now that the weather is warming up, does this mean a return to your regularly-posted photo series?
Mar. 29th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I had written it off for this year, but I guess it's back in business.
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