I have heard about Antelope Valley from many people. All of them suggested that the best time to go is during the wild flower season.
As we had a good rain spell this year, I thought this would be the ideal time to pay a visit. It was predicted to be a super bloom year for wild flowers. I floated the idea with a few of my other photography friends that we should go this year and they agreed. Mid March 2017 we started planning for the trip and decided to go the following weekend.
We knew we will have to face a huge crowd as this year’s super bloom was more popular and was all over the news. This was certainly welcomed after a long and tiring drought season and made it more popular this year than ever.
On the day of the trip, we started super early to avoid traffic and we got there just in time before the area was opened to the public. There were already a lot of people and there were more arriving in tourist buses.
We parked our car, had a quick bite to eat, and started our walking towards the least crowded area in the fields. I had my Sony A7R with me and I kept taking pictures along the way. I didn’t think about checking the pictures and the image sharpness or the settings as I was taking the pictures.
We were about a couple of miles or so into the trail when I noticed that all the pictures were blurry. That is when I realized that, I had been playing around with the camera the night before and didn’t change it back. I had made changes to the settings and also messed up my back focus button settings. This made all the images that I expected to pin sharp become out of focus overall and sharp only on the base of the frame.
I quickly googled to find the settings that I wanted but the cell reception was spotty. I tried to remember the setting changes that I made to revert them, but couldn’t remember. More so, Sony’s menu system got me a little frustrated and I gave up. To top it off, my battery died on me. I didn’t even have my spare batteries with me.
I told my buddies to carry on without me and started walking back to the car to grab my back up gear. By the time I got to my car and back, the whole scene was flooded with people like buzzing bees all over the place. I lost interest to try taking more shots after all this setback.
I still took my back up gear and started walking towards the trails. I did stop here and there to take a few pictures while bracing the crowd and making sure I didn’t trample over anyone. My friends were also getting done taking pictures as they were constantly interrupted by people walking into the frame trying to take selfies and all that. Don’t you hate it when that happens too many times? All of us were done for the day and decided to head back home.
Moral of the story : Well my lesson for that day was that I should never mess with the camera setting the day before a long trip and always keep the camera manual with you at all the times. You never know when they will come in handy. I am sure this day would have gone better had I remembered either of these.
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