Of Memory Cards and Men

June 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Lower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZLower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZLower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ

Lower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ (high ISO, daylight white balance)

I revisited Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon at the end of my most recent trip - a "last hurrah" before heading back to the airport and the Midwest.

I intended to take the "photographer's tour" at Lower Antelope Canyon, an experience which would have given me two hours of uninterrupted shooting time on a tripod.  Instead, I arrived in time for the last standard tour of the day - still a good experience, but with a tour guide and without a tripod.

Shooting handheld in the canyon, I adjusted two settings that made all the difference:

  1. I cranked up the ISO.
  2. I locked down the white balance.

These two tweaks made it much easier to shoot, and with the constantly changing lighting in the canyon, gave me a solid foundation that made processing much easier when I got home. 

Always keep a card in your camera

Over time, I've developed the habit of carrying numerous memory cards of various sizes, and as a result I never leave my camera empty.  As soon as I remove one card, I replace it with a new card (even a small one) so that my camera is ready to shoot.

As our tour group headed down the trail to the canyon, a mom looked at the back of her DSLR and with anguish discovered that it was empty - no card.  Our guide said she still had time to run back to the car.  As she thought about it, she realized that the card was still at their hotel.  She had downloaded all the photos the previous night to make sure she had its full capacity, but had not placed it back in the camera.

Almost without thinking, I wheeled my pack around to grab one of my spare cards and handed it to her.  I intended to give it to her outright, but they refused to let me go anywhere without paying me.  (I still wish they would have just accepted it as a gift - I think it would make the story a little better, but that's a detail I can't change.)

Do you want to know the coolest part?

For the rest of our tour, I enjoyed watching that mom marvel at the canyon and take as many pictures of her family as she desired.  I don't remember their names and I never saw the photos she took, but I'm so grateful that I could help, and that they will have their vacation memories.

Lower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZLower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZLower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ

Lower Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ (high ISO, daylight white balance)

 

Thanks for looking,

Adam@LiC


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