Monday, February 14, 2011
Err 99 and part 1 of the photo shoot
I ran into a bit of trouble yesterday during the shoot. Not only was Lethbridge experiencing hurricane force winds (seriously, the winds gusted up to 130 km/hr....see one of the pics below for proof) but I had an error pop up on my camera that I've never seen before.
Now, the great thing about modern electronics is that they are so affordable that pretty much anyone can save up for something like a DSLR camera in a relatively short time frame. The trouble with modern electronics is that they are built cheap...so that everyone can afford them! On the other hand, since so many people have various electronics, when you do run into a problem, chances are that many others have had the same problem. Which brings us back to the aforementioned error, or "Err 99" as it is known in the Canon world.
The error popped up on the camera once or twice yesterday and took a battery removal to reset it every time. Just slightly disheartening. It seemed fine for most of the day afterward. Then, today, my wife went to use the camera and the same error popped up and would clear on restart, only to pop up again when we tried to shoot another picture. It happened over and over until the camera wouldn't even shoot a picture. So, we did what anyone would do in that situation, we googled the problem. We found this site, which turned out to be extremely valuable. I'll save you all the details but we tried the first few steps in his troubleshooting process and eventually got the camera up and running (for now, anyway) after cleaning the lens contacts with a pencil eraser. For all you Canon users (current or future), take note of that site as it appears to be an extremely common problem with new Canon cameras.
All that aside, below are a few of the photos from the shoot. I'm still learning lots but I ended up with quite a few that I'm happy with. I traded lenses with my photog buddy that I went with so I'll post the rest of the photos taken with his lens later this week. Any comments or critiques are welcome.
(See, I wasn't kidding about the wind!)