Camera dependency

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Think about it. You’re in the middle of one of the most photogenic spots in the world and the most unfortunate thing happens. You drop and break your digital camera. Don’t think it can happen to you? Think again.

It happened to me last week while visiting Thailand’s Sukhothai Historical Park. Talk about a vacation memory you don’t want to bring home. It happened during a handoff to my partner. I was handing over the camera and it missed its connection, crashed to the ground, and busted its on/off/click switch. The good news is in the heat and humidity and over a package of amazing spicy cashews, we both accepted blame for the casualty.

Finger pointing aside though, we were really stuck. We’re definitely amateur photographers, but being stranded halfway through one of those “vacations of a lifetime” without a camera is not good. And we had no backup plan. Sure, we thought we could just relegate some of these shots to the recesses of our brain, but that doesn’t work for friends, family, and the Blurb books waiting to be created.

Our first idea –- not needing a camera for the rest of the trip – was one of those you’ve got to be kidding moments that last for a split second. In fact, during the last hour of our park visit I just said click everytime I wanted to take a photo. Trust me, there were a lot of clicks.

Our second idea — to make do with disposable cameras — didn’t work because we couldn’t find a disposable at any of the camera stores in New Sukhothai. The third idea – to do quickie digital camera research on the Web from an internet café and buy a new one – didn’t fly because we probably wouldn’t have found the camera we liked in town and even though Bangkok would have a better selection and deals to be had it would come too late in our trip.

We opted for the fourth idea – buy an inexpensive 35mm and hope for the best. Not a great plan, but by the time we hunted down disposables and added them up, the 35mm was a bargain.

So, we returned to picture taking and knowing that we wouldn’t have to solely rely on our memories for the rest our trip. Our next decision awaits – to repair or replace our camera? I’m betting we get a new one.

Traveling soon? Do you have a backup plan in case your camera breaks or is stolen?

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  1. In addition to my Olympus E-410 DSLR, I also carry a Olympus SP-350 digital compact. The purpose is to provide a backup to the E-410, to be a camera when I don’t want to take the E-410, like going to dinner or theater etc. In addition it has a facility for making a small movie which is useful sometimes, eg the laser display during the Loy Krathrong at Sukothai. Almost all the photographs taken for my first Blurb Book , yet to be published, were taken with this camera.

    By itraveller60
      September 23, 2009 – 12:00 am   Permalink

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