That terrible moment when you realize: I forgot my quick release. (A quick release is a cable I own that allows me to lock the shutter button on my camera so that I can take clear photographs in low light. Hey, look at me all defining camera lingo!)
I usually keep all of my necessary technical items in my pack with my lenses and camera body. After my shoot with my friend in my living room, my quick release was put in my office along with all of my other random office-y cords. And there it stayed during a wonderfully still and warm night when the moon rose late in the evening in Death Valley.
I still managed to get some mediocre shots, and the fact that some clouds moved overhead (thus obscuring the stars) helped me not be angry with myself. Plus, I got this kickass shot with my new wide lens, and overall it was a beautiful night and I was having a great time being away from the city.
I even got to try some HDR shots:
I had, however, earlier in the week, purchased a second quick release for the d800, which Michele was using. And given that long exposure shots are, well, long, and Michele had sat through my long exposure shots sans quick release trigger mannnny times so I wasn’t about to take hers away.
What I learned: make sure to pack all of your gear.
The full gallery is below.