A Bad Day With A Camera

Two Weeks

Two weeks have passed since I lost Ray. I was hoping that the pain would have subsided somewhat, but it has not. Every time I think of something related to photography, which is most of the time, I think of Ray, and it hurts.

The star of the evening, Gray Park, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-18

Today’s camera hasn’t been properly introduced yet even thought it has been used for a previous post. It is a circa 2006 Canon EOS 30D I found in an estate auction that was sold as untested because the seller had no battery or memory card for it. The unit showed up DOA. This was a week before Ray passed and he was disappointed because he had wanted to see me using it. The seller had another one in stock and he sent it out for free. The replacement had a few more scratches than the original one, but it does work and the price was right. I am just sorry that Ray couldn’t see it in use.

Canon EOS 30D, Front Lens, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-18
Canon EOS 30D, Front Badge, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-18
Canon EOS 30D, Top, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-18
Canon EOS 30D, Back, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-18

The 30D is paired with an 10-18mm EF-S IS STM 4.5-5.6f lens that was sold as untested from a different estate sale. It cost me $28 shipped. When it arrived, it was in the box and still had the factory seal. I’ll say it was untested – it was unopened new old stock. Score! It would have cost me over $450 new (which it actually is). It’s fun when eBay sellers have no idea what they are actually selling.

Open for the season, Upper Gray Pond, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-18

The ponds in Gray Park are opening up again for the year and tonight seemed like a good night to try for a reflected sunset shot. We have one last major dump of snow hitting this week, so I don’t think I’ll be working sunsets from this spot for another few days.

Ray and I had been talking about how much the winter was dragging on for both of us and how we were looking forward to open water and reflected skies. He was telling me he couldn’t wait to see this year’s shots from the ponds, but he wasn’t able to hold on long enough. I hope that somehow, somewhere; he can share in these with me.

This evening’s images were created using a Canon EOS 30D with a Canon 10-18mm EF-S IS STM 4.5-5.6f lens.

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