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Kian Barker
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Kian Barker



Your Lense Cover

Greetings and Salutations,

There are a couple of embarrassing situations that can be long remembered. One of them is having someone point out that your fly is open. This has been going on for a number of years. Actually since the advent of the zip. And expressions like "zip it" started to worm it's way into every day terse conversation. But then Velcro appeared and no one really says "Velcro it!". Although in the animal world the noise of Velcro can interrupt a good animal sighting, especially when silence is required.

So rather than get side tracked by little anecdotes, I have decided on a multiple choice system that will reduce the amount of speculation and also cut down on waffle. We all have filled in endless and seemingly unsensical Multiple choice questions. Take for example the recent population census. Fortunately, I have no need to count people or was counted, although I am often pleasantly surprised with my ability to count. Here goes:

What would you consider more embarrassing:
A. Being told your fly is down.
B. Being told your lens cover is still on.
C. Not being counted in the recent census
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.

Since A and C has been dealt with, B. Needs a little discussion. This happens from time to time and especially during the odd Shakabarker Knait Psaphari. When guiding these trips I often find myself in front of a whole battery of cameras. At night photography can be a little different to the day. This is especially true when it comes to SLR cameras. Many of the owners ensure the lens cover remains in place when the camera is not in use. This is totally different to a compact digital camera, when you switch a compact digital, the screen lights up with an image. SLR camera do not do this. On many occasions I have seen frustrated camera owners trying to focus and fiddle not realizing that they are going in the wrong direction. All I see is Canon, Nikon, Olympus lens covers aimed in my direction. A quick and well directed "excuse me your lens cover", usually gets their attention and the necessary remedial action. Embarrassing - yes, especially with a full vehicle of photographers, while lots of gigs are being fired off. And something the camera operator will not allow to happen again.

Hasta la vista,

The Knait Whrydah

Posted by Kian Barker

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