See the photo above? That was my first shot of last Friday’s high school football game. And, yes, it is really foggy. Do not adjust your monitors!
The photo is foggy, but the playing conditions weren’t. That’s because I wasn’t thinking straight when I stowed my Nikon D300 and Nikon 70-200mm lens in my Honda Pilot for the trip to the stadium.
Sidebar: “Wasn’t thinking straight” is a nice way of saying that I was stupid.
When I put my camera and long lens in the car, I try to secure them in the back under my car seat so they don’t get jostled. But what I didn’t realize was that the back air conditioning duct is right where my camera equipment was. When I got out of the car at the stadium and reached for my camera, my first thought was, “This is freezing!” My second? “Oh, oh!”
I knew that when I took the cold lens out into the warm, humid air that I would have a fogged-up lens. I had my cleaning cloth ready, but it took what seemed like hours (but was more like 10 minutes) to have a clear-enough lens to shoot through. Foggy photos at high ISOs (I was at 1600) make for some of the most butt-ugly pics ever. Not a proud moment for me as a bogus pro, that’s for sure.
This is kind of what that first photo should’ve looked like; it was the best I could clean it up in Photoshop. I believe the proper response to it is one word: Ugh!
I finally was able to shoot the rest of the game once my lens warmed up enough to stop fogging. But I must admit it was nerve-wracking for awhile. I vowed that I would never put my camera and lens by that back air conditioning duct again (and don’t you do it, either!).
And I didn’t for almost a week . . . until I was going to the #2 son’s cross-country meet. Yep, old habits take a long time to die, apparently. Well, at least more than a week! Fortunately, I remembered midway to the park and was able to move the camera before it froze over. Once I got there, I made sure to turn off the air conditioning in the back.
Sometimes this middle-aged mind of mine gets a little too fogged up . . . like those football photos! Wish it was easy to clear up in Photoshop, too!!