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Old Feb 7, 2007, 3:31 PM   #1
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STUCK, dark, snow & a flat = "Try new flash"

Pentax K10D, Tamron 24 -135 - Pentax Af-540FGZ flash

I had seen some elk track across a valley with my binoculars so I asked my wife if she wanted to ride with me out to that area and all I planned on doing was checking out the track and waiting until dark to see if any elk were coming out in the area. Filled the thermos with coffee grabbed the camera bag and out to Ponderosa Valley we went. Right after dark I started to head back home after about a mile a lady pulling a horse trailer was in the middle of the road going real slow so I pulled off to the side to let her get by. Yup when they had plowed they covered over a ditch. When the right side of the camera wagon got to the side of the road it sunk.

When the lady gets by with the horse trailer its is time to get back on the way home. I stuck it in gear and the wheels were just spinning, not a problem put in in 4 low. When I got to neutral we heard a air sound. Got out to look and Yup the back left tire was going flat real fast so I look closer and sure enough a piece of steel about 1/4 inch around and 1 1/2 inches long was in the tire.

What to do now????? get back in the camera wagon pour a cup of coffee scratch my head and come up with a brilliant plan. First thing first!!!!! This is a good time to try out my new flash with my K10D and my Tamron 24-135.

Here is a view from the front. It was so dark I had to turn on the dome light to get the camera to focus on anything. Barbara is getting out the manual so I can find the tire changing stuff.



From the back you can see it was a pretty deep ditch.



Yup!! after only a few sips of coffee the tire is flat.



It is obvious I need to practice using my flash. It is good to know it does work.

TOTALLY WACKY roger

Bottom Line Is: IMHO when you are going out to get some photos don't forget to take a flash with you.


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Bottom Line Is: IMHO when you are going out to get some photos don't forget to take a flash with you.
And there's batteries, memory cards & not to mention a spare wheel, jack and nut spinners (that to get the wheel off).
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 3:58 PM   #3
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Bottom Line Is: IMHO when you are going out to get some photos don't forget to take a flash with you.
And there's batteries, memory cards & not to mention a spare wheel, jack and nut spinners (that to get the wheel off).
Hi Catbells, You are right it takes a lot of stuff to be prepared. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Old Feb 7, 2007, 4:20 PM   #4
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I'm looking forwards to reading your autobiography "Theastounding adventures of a nature photographer". Your stories are as amusing as your pictures are admirable. Keep in touch!

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Old Feb 7, 2007, 4:28 PM   #5
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I'm looking forwards to reading your autobiography "Theastounding adventures of a nature photographer". Your stories are as amusing as your pictures are admirable. Keep in touch!

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bilybianca, thanks for looking and for commenting. If someone that spends most of their time out in the woods starts telling stories most folks would think it all was fiction. One thing I decided when I was a kid ( a long time ago ) I like to smile so don't much matter what happens I try and think of a way to look at it so I can smile.

You might have a fun idea there about writing about some of the really funny times while trying to get a photo out in the woods?????

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Hey Roger, at least your spare in on the back, while mine on my Xterra is under the vehicle where it is not so handy to get at when you are stuck.

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Hey Roger, at least your spare in on the back, while mine on my Xterra is under the vehicle where it is not so handy to get at when you are stuck.

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HI Tom, Yup the spare on the back was one of the things I really liked about the Cruiser. Another thing was the different 4 wheel drive systems. I figured it would be a good camera wagon and so far I am real happy with it.

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Roger,

you did it, the first pictures that i'm not jealous of. Looks really to dark / cold to envy.

:-) at least you got home to put these shot on the net.

Thanks for sharing

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Roger,

you did it, the first pictures that i'm not jealous of. Looks really to dark / cold to envy.

:-) at least you got home to put these shot on the net.

Thanks for sharing

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Hi Ronny, something you must of missed. The Camera wagon has real good lights so to dark is not a problem and it has a great heater so cold also is no problem.

Ronny, thanks for looking and for commenting.

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For some reason I always pictured Rogers 'camera wagon' as something akin to a Jeep Wagoneer or a 76 Suburban. I had no idea the 'wagon' was such a nice ride! Hopefully the jack worked ok in the snow.

As for camera gear, Roger deifinitely carries more than most: camera, flash, camera wagon, thermos, long underwear, auto club number...
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