San Jose Tour of California Photo Fail!


(Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens ( wrapped in a bag to protect it from the rain): $1,200

Canon EF 300 mm f4 L IS lens

Taking Tuesday off to catch the Stage 3 start in downtown San Jose: A full day of pay

A round trip bus ticket to San Jose: $8

Highway 17 Express Day Pass

Arranging a pre-start team photo shoot in advance: Free (with official media credentials)


Forgetting to bring any batteries for the camera: Priceless

no battery!


I always take a test shot before I leave the house with my camera for event shooting, but this morning I was in a hurry and failed to do that. I got all the way to San Jose and was on my way to the start when I turned the camera on… and nothing happened. I opened the battery cover and I literally felt physically ill. This day was a complete waste for me. Well, at least I have time to do laundry today, anyway.

I met up with Trackstand and he agreed to shoot some photos for me so it’s not a complete loss. Thanks to several people on Twitter who tried to help me find a loaner battery in downtown.

10 Comments

  • Pete LaVerghetta
    February 17, 2009 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Ouch.

  • Pete LaVerghetta
    February 18, 2009 - 12:48 am | Permalink

    Ouch.

  • Elisa M
    February 17, 2009 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh I am so sorry! That sick feeling is the worst…

  • Elisa M
    February 18, 2009 - 1:13 am | Permalink

    Oh I am so sorry! That sick feeling is the worst…

  • Lynn
    February 17, 2009 - 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I have a recurring nightmare like that (arriving in the Alps and realizing I left the camera at home)! Luckily mine hasn't come true yet, but the sick feeling even happens in the dream!

  • Lynn
    February 18, 2009 - 5:13 am | Permalink

    Wow, I have a recurring nightmare like that (arriving in the Alps and realizing I left the camera at home)! Luckily mine hasn't come true yet, but the sick feeling even happens in the dream!

  • m e l i g r o s a
    February 18, 2009 - 12:40 am | Permalink

    ROWRRRRRRR!
    well, what nice gadget you got, that lense looks fancy, shmancy.
    The rest of the tour set ugot rolling have been excellent, Ibeen meaning to say that.
    :)

  • m e l i g r o s a
    February 18, 2009 - 7:40 am | Permalink

    ROWRRRRRRR! well, what nice gadget you got, that lense looks fancy, shmancy.The rest of the tour set ugot rolling have been excellent, Ibeen meaning to say that.:)

  • Yokota Fritz
    February 18, 2009 - 10:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the commiseration! and thank you, Meli, for the compliment.

  • Yokota Fritz
    February 18, 2009 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the commiseration! and thank you, Meli, for the compliment.

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