The Fickle Finger of Fate

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The Fickle Finger of Fate

13 Jul 2020 9:27AM   Views : 265 Unique : 209

It was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday, and we headed on down to Arley Hall to shoot some sample images for two new lens reviews. There's no need to book as the site is so large, and as we have season tickets no need to mess about with cash either. So far so good. Images in the can, so to speak, and I'll end this with a couple of quick samples, a sneak preview if you like.

It was T-shirt weather, so my trusty Pentax MX-1 was also attached to my belt via its Chinese-sourced case, and then the Fickle Finger of Fate struck for the first time. I heard a sound and asked Sue if she's dropped something? No, she hadn't, but as we moved away, there was the MX-1 lying forlornly on the ground. The case had actually fallen apart.....I think I need my 1.95 back. Well, I suppose it has lasted about 8 years. Sue popped the camera in her bag and I had decided to put that out of my mind until later.

The picture taking continued and I reversed the baseball cap sometimes to use the camera viewfinder. I know it makes us all look ridiculous but it's functional. Then my head started itching, so I rubbed it through the cap. Then it stung, so I removed the cap and a Very Upset Wasp flew out. That Fickle Finger of Fate had seen the wasp caught up in my cap as I changed its position. I must have scooped it up. Ouch.

The third (I know we love things in threes) Fickle Finger of Fate award started when we arrived. We had never been in the overeflow car park before, and at the edge of the large field was another enticing Small Building. But the light wasn't right, so I reckoned that my the time we returned the sun would be just right. Well it was, but someone had parked his vehicle right in front of it.

Despite the three events, everything else went swimmingly. I'm now on my way out to complete my sample shots, but before I go here's the promised couple of sneak previews.

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Later on, I did eventually look at the MX-1, with its brass top and bottom plates now gently brassing just like Pentax promised it would. It was totally unscathed and is now happily rehoused in another of my case collection. Actually perhaps case accumulation would describe that better, as I don't intend to collect camera cases. They just turn up and I can't turn them away.

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