Good morning, I haven't been on in a few days, weeks, months, see it's been that long I've forgot just how long. It's been a busy period visiting Bradford University for a look around for my son next year, doing the garden, decorating the house and drinking tea.
Anyway, onto the photo today. This was taken yesterday, amazingly a recent shot from me and not one from the archives, it seems so long since I last had the camera properly in my hand. My friend and I took another trip to Paddy's Hole, Red Car and what a trip. I found loads to shoot and used a couple of memory cards, which I never do.
I am going to tell you what happened on the beach area of the harbour, if you are eating please wait until you have finished.
We had taken some shots by the lighthouse which is where today's photo came from, a fisherman had discarded some old bait and the gulls were going mad for it, we then decided to head for the harbour area where all the boats are. The tide was out so we could go down between the boats and get some good close up shots, which will be posted here over the next few days.
There are some chains on the ground which have all the mooring buoys attached to for the boats. These chains are corroded and really interesting, so I decided to get some shots of them.
I set up with the Bronica and added a tube to allow me to get close in. I wanted some shots on film before I started with the digital. With the tripod flattened out and the camera nearly on the floor I had to crouch down. I have problems with my knees and a severe pain came over my right knee which caused me to overbalance, I put my hand down to stop myself from falling which worked well. I then changed a setting on my Bronica, it was then I noticed something on the body of my camera, something brown and slimy. I took a closer look, only to realise it was dog poop, of all the places for me to put my hand I had found the only tiny area of the harbour's bed that a dog had decided to do it's business. My hand was covered, my camera was covered, it was on my tripod, in fact it was absolutely everywhere, I couldn't believe it.
When I fell and put my hand down I had felt something soft, but as I say we were down between the boats where there is seaweed, mud and other soft stuff so I had taken no notice as when I lifted my hand I didn't feel anything on it.
Well out came a bottle of water I was carrying and my micro-fibre cloths that I keep for cleaning my lenses, I was soon cleaned up, but more importantly so was my camera gear. When I got home everything that was affected was washed down with a dettol solution to get rid of it once and for all.
Moral of the story, no matter where you are shooting, look out for the dog that's pooping.
Cheers for looking and for any comments. Apologies if you were eating and reading.
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