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I think this is actually illegal.


Just before I took this, I took my tripod, with camera attached, and lifted it over my head, as I often do, to release the catches on the legs in order to extend them to full height. This time, however, my hot shoe wasn't correctly fitted to the tripod head, and just at the point where the camera was about 7 feet in the air, it dropped off the tripod and crashed unceremoniously onto the flagstone (i.e., rock hard) tiles on my kitchen floor, with what I was probably call a sickening clatter or something. Suffice to say, my Sony A300 crashed across the tiled floor, bounced against the cupboard and slid to a halt by the Ercol. It was a short while before I'd even realised what I'd done, at which point, since it was late, I did a very quiet 'f*ck! f*ck! F*CK!' dance, stamping my feet like a disgruntled pony and bemoaning my own dimwittednessness. As I inspected my camera, expecting to find all sorts of shattered bits and horrible rattling noises, especially from the new lens I'd only bought a week or so before, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that the only visible breakage was the backplate of the fold-out lcd, which I could kind of push back in, even though it now doesn't close properly.

It wasn't until a few days later that it became apparent that it wasn't me that was off-centre every time I tried to focus, but it was, in fact, my camera., which is now misaligned. I will be spending most of December finishing this project 6 inches further to the left than I want to be and after that I'll have a little cry and work out what to do next. I thankyou.

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Taken on December 4, 2009