In the Drink

Camera fell in to the water

I was out at Dry Run Creek yesterday. Since we had nice overcast skies, I thought I would shoot a few moving water images. I planned to shoot 4×5 large format film. My 4×5 camera is very large, and excessively heavy. After setting up the first shot, I moved the tripod a little, and the screw that attaches the camera to the tripod broke, and the whole camera fell into the water. Completely Submerged. I was a little upset to say the least.
When I pulled the camera out, at least a gallon of stream water flowed from the bellows. I was surprised that no trout jumped out of it.
Once I finished fishing the camera from the creek, I finished my walk and came home. I took the camera apart as soon as I got inside. Luckily, there are no electronics in this camera, it is fully mechanical. Everything looked OK, the only thing that i was worried about was the lens and shutter. Once the  lens was apart, all the glass dried nicely. The shutter, however was a little more difficult. After spending time in a bag with a hair dryer blowing on it for about 30 minutes it dried out nicely as well. I suppose I am lucky that it was the 4×5 that fell in the creek and not the digital SLR that fell in. There is no way the digital would have escaped a fall like that unscathed 😉
Interestingly, this marks the 4th camera that has been completely submerged in a body of water, it is one of the hazards when photographing moving water or boating, I suppose.







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One thought on “In the Drink

  1. Wow, Sorry for the camera getting dunked but sounds like the old technology
    is much more bullet proof than the new. Great Pictures of the running waters.

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