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Monday, 11 March 2013

Do you carry two cameras while travelling?

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article - Which camera will I take with me?   (you can click on the link if you missed it).  Yesterday I had a classic example of the argument for carrying TWO cameras. 

I had been asked if I had some images from along the walk trails in the Yalgorup National Park which is located on the western edge of the Swam Coastal Plain between Mandurah and Bunbury in Western Australia. It protects a series of ten coastal lakes, swamps and tuart woodlands and is significant for waterbirds and recognized under the International Ramsar Convention. 

One of Yalgorup's crowning jewels are the millions of year old Thrombolites at Lake Clifton. We were returning from a weekend in Perth, and Yalgorup was an achievable detour. Within minutes of reaching the Thrombolites my DSLR camera had a hemorrhage and stopped working completely.  You can see the evidence in these two images - the shaft of "light" in the first image and the black band in the second image.



Our trip would have been totally lost if I didn't have my high-end Point and Shoot with me. Yes the photos could have been better and we really shouldn't have been at Yalgorup in the middle of the day, but timing can't always be at the magic hour, and at least I got some photos.  The trip would have been wasted if I didn't have a back up camera with me.

A viewing platform protects the Thrombolites at Lake Clifton. 


Walking along the five kilometre Lakeside loop walk trail at Lake Clifton.



We were lucky to see two kangaroos. They jumped along the path in front of us, then stopped at the edge of the path. I walked slowly forward to take these pics before they jumped away. This one looks like a doe (female) as her distended belly seems to indicate that she had a joey (baby) in her pouch. There was another young kangaroo close by. Even though I have seen lots of kangaroos in the wild, I never tire of seeing them in the wild when we are bush-walking.



Further south is Lake Preston. There is a 4.5 loop Heathlands walk trail that takes you down to Lake Preston. It was a very hot day so we only walked about one kilometre to the look out.  Along the ridge line there are limestone mallee (Eucalyptus petrensis) and Fremantle mallee (Eucalyptus foecunda). Unfortunately I do not know which variety is the one in my image, and my P&S doesn't take very good macro shots.



There are better times of day and year to explore the Yalgorup Lakes.  These wildflower images were taken in spring along the six kilometre Lake Pollard trail. The Lake Pollard walk trail takes you out to a bird hide from where you can view water birds. It is a lovely walk, especially in spring. The 6 year old handled it very well, though we did sing on the way back to keep the momentum up! There is a picnic area and camp ground so you can camp overnight and enjoy the walk trails. You can read more about it by going to the link at the bottom of my post.


Below are images of the Thombolites at Lake Clifton, taken at that "magic light" hour late afternoon.  You can certainly see the difference between my image taken around 1pm yesterday and these taken during the magic light hour a couple of years ago.  I might be back to talk about that another day!


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my post today. 
Have you had a situation where your camera has died on you? and what did you do? did you have a backup camera?

ps - I took my camera to a camera repairer today and the shutter is broken inside the camera. Evidently it is fixable, but the sensor may be scratched. I am waiting to hear more. Thank goodness for special risks insurance! and a back-up camera!

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday  and Travel Photo Thursday - please click on the links to see the offerings of wonderful contributors from around the world 

Would you like to read more about walking in Yalgorup National Park? Go here - A walk in Yalgorup  



49 comments:

  1. I love your description of the magic light hour. I need to experiment more here in Florida. We have SO much sunshine that many of my photos are overexposed. I sure love seeing those kangaroos!

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  2. I enjoyed seeing the landscape and flora of your country, and the kangaroos are a real treat.

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  3. Jill, lovely photos from your walk. Looks like a pretty place to walk and see the wildlife. Love the kangaroos. I sometimes carry a small camera in my bag as a back up. Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

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  4. I haven't had the unfortunate happen to me yet☺ But I have been stupid enough not to have the back up battery charged when the first one dies out on me on the road...sigh.

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  5. I actually carry three cameras with me - a point and shoot, which is superb for moving shots if I have to take them from the car - a little more advanced point and shoot that gives super close ups - and my big camera - which gives me the zoom I need for far away things. I've had all the batteries (I have three rechargables for each camera) on one camera give out and was so glad I had the other two along.

    I love your tour and the photos - thanks for taking us along.

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    1. it's ok when driving, but when hiking 3 cameras and lenses I find a lot to lug around. I usually have 2, one in my hand and one in my backpack when hiking. We now have a convertor in our vehicle and we can recharge batteries on the road.

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  6. Those are great photos, even with a point and shoot. I always have my phone camera with me which is a back up -- but then I'm not a professional!

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  7. What lovely shots! I only have one camera - a DSLR.

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  8. If you are a serious photographer one should always have a spare camera with you. I was a professional and always had a spare with me just in case of a problem.

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  9. A very interesting walk. And how thrilling to meet the kangaroos. And I like your photos from the dance company and "flamenco show" too. I have a Canon DSLR and a Panasonic point and hot. Have a nice week.

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    1. everyone seems to be enjkoying my kangaroo pics. I never tire of seeing them even though I have seen them often in the bush. I am glad you enjoyed the flamenco pics too.

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  10. Lovely! One day I am going to get over there.

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  11. A great series of photos. I have read about the thrombolites and would love to see them some time. An interesting post because I have been thinking about getting a little P&S for quick and easy pics.

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    1. my P&S goes everywhere with me these days. It takes great photos and is a fabulous backup camera, and great for when I don't want to lug my DSLR, lenses and all the paraphenalia.

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  12. Yes, a beautiful place. Nice pictures.

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  13. Oh, such a lovely place indeed!! And I love the photos of the kangaroos! Beautiful! Wonderful captures and thank you for sharing the fun and the beauty with us!! Hope you have a great week!

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  14. I love the kangaroo mosaic! The flowers are lovely too, but we never see kangaroos here in Edmonton so they really stood out for me! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. The Kangaroo's are so goodlooking:)Thanks for taking me along.Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  16. Hi there - nice post. I hope that your camera can be fixed. I had a look at the linked post as well - I normally carry two cameras in an attempt to avoid the "wrong" lens problem. I'm not sure how well it works though!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. I sometimes have my macro lens on my DSLR for taking wildflower pics and also carry my P&S to take landscapes.

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  17. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  18. The pictures you got are incredible...except of course for the "before" picture -- just before it broke. But I'm glad you posted that pic too, because it is a good lesson. I hope your camera can be fixed. As a total amateur I carry only one P&S, but I guess if I knew how to take and download from my IPhone, that would be a backup camera. (I am going to learn how to use my phone one of these days!!!)

    The thrombolites look like gold nuggets! And I always love to see kangaroos ...love thinking about being somewhere where you might stumble across them that way.

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  19. I'm a believer in the magic light hour!
    It looks lovely there, I especially like the "bumpy" rocks in the water.
    I'm a lover of native wildflowers... and do hope that some day I may have the chance to see a kangaroo in the wild!

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    1. the trouble with being on the road is that you can't be in everywhere during the magic hour! but when you do it IS magic!
      I hope you do see a kangaroo in the wild one day. I don't have to go far from where we live to see them.

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  20. I thought I'd commented, but must have been mistaken, sorry Jill :( I'm late to the comments party. But what an interesting post about somewhere that is not on the main tourist track - I'd heard about the Thrombolites (and also the bird migrations in this area?) but didn't realise there were some lovely walks too. Had imagined it would be all open and glary, but your lovely shots of the forest and flowers deny such thoughts. Now I can't wait to visit.

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    1. Life Images by Jill13 March 2013 at 13:12

      I recommend you do when spring comes Jo. and if you can get to the Thrombolites late late afternoon so much the better!

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  21. Yes I bring my SLR and PS. One time I only brought my PS in a photowalk and in the middle of the event, battery ran out and I was so disappointed. Anyway, nice pictures you got there, the atmosphere looks so fresh!

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  22. These are incredible, and I know what you mean. I end up using one camera, but take 2 lenses. I keep the 70/300 on more often, than not and then put the smaller one on, with wide angle, for other times, and I sometimes, wish that I had the other lens on at the right time, or I miss out on a nice image, or few;'(~

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    1. it is always a juggle isn't it. I always feel like I haven't got the right lens on!

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  23. These are gorgeous photos, and I love your mosaics!

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  24. I love the way you are able to lay out the photos in your posts. . .and of course, the photos themselves are amazing. Another great outing 'with' you!

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  25. It's not too late to share at WW Bloggers at www.wordlesswednesdaybloggers.blogspot.com. Hope you'll join us!

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  26. Dearest Jill,
    What GORGEOUS shots and collage♡♡♡ I wish I could take better pictures like you(^^;)
    I used to involved with the sister-city activity as a helping hand interpreter with New Castle city. I have lots of lovely memories with the city and your picture of kangaroos made me recall my wonderful experiences♬♬♬

    So sorry for my belated comment.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from your new friend in Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  27. HI Jill, you're so wise to have that back up P&S camera! Good luck with your camera. Hope the sensor is not scratched
    I enjoy the beautiful collage of the wild flowers and the adorable kangaroos.

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  28. We carry two, but even so in Barcelona, my battery went flat and B.H.'s memory card failed! Your flower collage is inviting - inviting me to W.A.

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  29. Beautiful pictures! I love the kangaroo shots and the collage and of course, your magic hour shots. We carry 4 cameras - a DSLR, a P&S for the kids and our 2 iPhones :-) We've learned our lessons. Good luck with your camera!

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  30. I always I took 2 cameras with me...

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  31. Sorry to hear about your camera. Hope it's fixable.
    I've been taking one camera at a time -- 2 became too heavy. But I'm back to my DSLR now and loving it.
    Glad you had your P&S so we could follow along with you for these amazing shots!

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  32. How beautiful, thank you for sharing your trip and tips. I'd love to bring 2 cameras but being a little person, one is plenty heavy for me:). I especially love your captures at different times of the day.

    Our party is on at:
    http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2013/03/ready-to-waltz-its-party-time.html

    Please join us if your time permits. Have a great weekend :)

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  33. The magic hour sure makes a difference! Your pictures, as usual, were great. I don't have a choice because I only have one camera. Maybe someday that will change.

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  34. Beautiful photos! I definitely agree with you: having a backup camera is a must.

    I remember not having one when I was studying and living in the Middle East -- missed so many opportunities to capture precious moments in snapshots because my only camera died! I did eventually buy several single-use cameras, but as you definitely know, not the same…

    So that won't happen to me again! ;)

    - Maria Alexandra

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  35. You have some beautiful photos in there - especially the thrombolites at the magic hour. I carry an extra camera- via my smart phone. It doesn't take great shots but they are passable. I like using it for food shots.

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  36. We visited the Thrombolites during our eleven month Australian road trip. I stood looking at them for quite a while. Fascinating. We also carry two cameras while travelling, mostly because we argue about who gets to use the camera if not!! Lovely images.

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  37. thank you all for your comments. It looks like a few of us have had problems in the past. I don't always carry a second camera, especially if I am hiking, but in this case I am glad I did. And batteries - yes always have charged up batteries!
    Have a great weekend.

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  38. I love that Jo and I who live here, haven't been to see the thrombolites! It's so hard being at specific places at the magic hour when you're travelling but it's certainly worth it when you can. I rely on my phone as a back up camera. I probably should think of buying a point and shoot camera as a backup...they're so good these days.

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  39. Your shots are gorgeous, Jill. I carry two cameras as well. However, these days the Fuji point and shoot often gets forgotten in the room, and I use my iphone camera when the DSLR acts up or just isn't practical. Less weight, and I'm always looking for ways to "lighten the load" when I am out seeing the sights!

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  40. Hail the high end point and shoots. As you know Jill, I recently debated delving into the world of the DSLR but was unsure due to the weight which is a huge consideration on some of the trips I go on. I ended up getting a cannon G15 thanks to the feedback and advice from you and others. Glad your point and shoot came in handy and you could still get some fab shots.

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  41. Hi Jill,
    I can so relate to this! On BOTH my last two trips up to Coral Bay/Exmouth I had an underwater camera (each time, my only camera) fill with water carc it 2 days into my holiday. I couldn't believe my bad luck when it happened twice within a year, at the very same place! Now whenever I travel, I take two cameras with me - an underwater one and an ordinary one.

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