Thanks, jd. I was fortunate that the only really serious damage was to the camera. I was sore for a while, but am pretty much up to full speed now. It's still a bit of a blur as to how it happened, but I was on familiar ground and well aware of local hazards. Just goes to show that life is uncertain. I got the settlement check on the camera yesterday and will probably be getting the replacement next week some time. I have re-examined my usual routine for being out and about taking pictures now and have made some definite changes about how I schlep my gear around, I can assure you! I have also decided that I will now be eating dessert first.
Beautiful image. Sorry about your bad fall. The last time I fell, it wasn't that bad but I tripped on a low lying chain I was stepping over. I hurt my back, but my wife couldn't help but laugh because I fell holding up my camera so it wouldn't be damaged.
Sat 26-Oct-13 12:32 AM | edited Sun 27-Oct-13 01:49 AM by rosewood_ltd
Thanks, guys. For a couple days afterwards, I was in a bit of a funk and didn't do much. Getting the flash card out and processing what I was able to take did help a bit, though . I try to get in a session at this spot at least once whenever I'm in Honolulu and I've been going now for about 6 years. Persistence pays off, I guess, but the gods of photography did extract a price from me.
It's kind of ironic, because I know this particular place well and have always been careful when working there. It's not intrinsically dangerous, but it is rough, uneven terrain in places, so I've always been cautious.
I am doing fine now. It took about three weeks to get to the point where I didn't dread coughing or sneezing, but I seem to have bounced back okay.
It's absolutely true about the gear, though. We take it for granted that it's no big deal to be holding 5 or 6 pounds of gear (or more) in one hand while moving around to set up for a shot. That extra weight though, it can affect your balance just enough...
Got my check from the insurance co. mid-week and got the new D800 body on Friday. The lens that was on the camera at the time (my brand new 80-400) was very fortunately not damaged (whew!) When I fell, I had an L-bracket on the camera, the corner of which took the brunt of the impact. Quite a bit of force was transmitted through that, which ended up cracking the body. In any event, I sent the body to Nikon and a couple days later they sent it back, saying it was beyond economical repair.
Absolutely stunning image, Russell! Your accident is less freakish than you think. I slipped on rocks and basically destroyed my 17-55 f2.8 earlier this year. Unfortunately for me I didn't have insurance. I was able to get it repaired but it was painful to the hip pocket! Just a few weeks ago while shooting Elakala Falls in Blackwater Falls state park in WV, I saw a fellow fall and completely dunk his Nikon body and lens in a pool below the falls. Where does one get insurance such as yours?
Thanks, Scottie. I have a rider on my homeowner's policy that covers my camera equipment and musical gear. It covers replacement cost for the camera stuff. I think I pay maybe $10 or $12 a month for the rider. It's now paid for itself
FYI, my insurance agent sold me a separate policy for my cameras. The reason she gave was a claim for a lost or broken camera will not result in a claim history impact on my home owners premium. It has no deductible, is all risk but costs about 1.5% of the insured value per year.
Thanks, Antero (or was it Herr Nietzsche?), Scotty. The pain that comes with looking at the picture has faded considerably, now that I have my new body and healed body. I'm hoping to get out in the next couple of days to start breaking both in, hopefully to get a few last dregs of fall.