Adventures of a father and a photographer. Tales about the mystery and excitement of family travel.

torstai 14. syyskuuta 2017

How to shoot a nuclear submarine

This is one of those sad stories when the human mind works in a way you are not able to comprehend later.

I was staying with my family in Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. We were on a holiday. Everything was as smooth as it can be in Queensland. The day was warm and sunny and we had nothing special planned.

All of a sudden my friend calls me and tells, that there is an American nuclear submarine coming to Brisbane and it's going to pass the beaches of Caloundra pretty soon. So, he said, if you guys have nothing planned, go to the beach and have a look at it.

Well, how often can you see a nuclear submarine passing by? We took a quick look at the local newspaper if they said anything about the timetable. We weren't going to spend the whole day on the beach waiting for a submarine which had already gone by.

Luckily, we saw the news on the paper and found out we had a little time before the great event. So, we packed everything we would need on a warm day at the beach very carefully: hats, drinks, snacks, sun tan lotion and so on.

Off we went to the beach. There were a few other people there too. They had binoculars and cameras with long zoom lenses. They all were very well prepared and they didn't want to miss the big war machine.

And what did I take with me? Did I take my DSLR (Canon EOS 350D) with multiple lenses? Did I take the super zoom lens (Tamron 28-200) I had with me in Australia? Did I take the binoculars my friend had borrowed me? After all, we had all the time in the world to prepare ourselves to the event.

What did I take? I took a tiny point-and-shoot camera with me. I had an enormous 4x zoom lens. It's a good travel camera, but if you want to take pictures of nuclear submarines sailing in the horizon, that's probably the worst choice you could make.

To this day, I haven't figured out what made me make that kind of decision. Maybe the warm sun of Queensland had burned my Scandinavian brain.

Canon Powershot A3100 IS

The point-and-shoot camera I had with me that day was one of the Canon's Powershot series. A nice camera, I admit. I actually bought it for my wife, but guess who's using it most of the time.

Anyway, the camera has 12 megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom. The size of it is very handy and you can carry it around in your pocket very easily. It's very easy to use and has even a program mode.

I have no bad things to say about the little devil. I just made a wrong decision that day.

You can read more about the Canon here.

Sijainti: Caloundra QLD 4551, Australia

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