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Sculpture by the Sea – (or “how I lost $2500 in one day”)

November 29, 2010

I have to confess I haven’t felt like blogging much lately. It’s taken me a while to get over my own silliness that led to the demise of my poor camera two weeks ago at Sculpture by the Sea.

The photo below is one of the last ever taken with my d90:

RIP d90

O Treacherous Sea!! Less than 5 minutes after this photo was taken, a series of monster waves rose up and knocked me off my feet, submerging me and my camera clear underwater.

Luckily no one was hurt!! (besides my scraped hands and knees, and severely bruised ego) But of course salt-water is a killer. It completely fried the circuitry in my camera and phone. Even the lens was filled with water. Also lost in the fray were my glasses (which I didn’t notice for quite a while afterwards when I realised everything was a little bit blurrier than usual haha) and hat (though it seems funny to complain about that bit)

And to think I headed to the Sculptures thinking it’d be a cheap day out!

Anyway, I’m trying to think of it as a forced early upgrade. I’ve got my name on a waiting list for the d7000, and a new phone is on the way.

But I might be giving the ocean the stink-eye for a while. At least until I buy underwater housing.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 6:47 pm

    gee what a story. glad you’re ok. that’s a very expensive day trip. i’m sure you’ll be taking even better photos with your new upgrade 🙂

    • November 30, 2010 9:03 pm

      Thanks Simon – it was indeed a very expensive day. speaking of…. my d7000 arrived today haha yay! Hopefully will get to use it soon 🙂

  2. Althea permalink
    November 29, 2010 8:19 pm

    awwww… :< Sad panda.
    Yus. High Quality professional snaps with vengeance! Then send them to corbis or getty and make a bazillion dollars. 😀

  3. November 29, 2010 8:28 pm

    So sorry to hear this but glad you’re okay, better lose the camera than being swept out to sea!

    • November 30, 2010 9:06 pm

      Yeah definitely. In the end it’s just stuff – and easily replaceable (though admittedly, slightly painful when having to replace it all in one go ;_;) – it could have easily gone another way. No more rock walking for me!

  4. November 30, 2010 2:06 pm

    Wow. Hard to image killer waves coming off that…


    • November 30, 2010 9:06 pm

      Yeah! It was so gentle for all that time, and then so suddenly not. If I knew how to read waves, I could have probably seen it coming though. Bit silly.

  5. November 30, 2010 8:50 pm

    I can imagine how you feel but it could have been much worse by that sound of things, take heart in that gorgeous last shot and the new camera awaiting you! 🙂

    • November 30, 2010 9:10 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I got off lucky in the end. At least it was just stuff that got damaged. My new d7000 just arrived today, so that’s making me feel better 🙂 Probably can’t afford too many nice meals for a while though heh


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