I was flooded with three wedding assignment shoots in the past weekend, hence I did not really have any time at all for my personal shutter therapy sessions. Nonetheless it was through paid assignment that I can earn spare cash to fund this superbly expensive hobby called photography.
It was this particular shoot, right in the middle of the highlight of the event: registration of marriage, that the sky decided to pour !! I was then armed with two camera bodies, the Olympus DSLR E-5 with Zuiko 11-22mm F2.8-3.5, and Sony Alpha A350 with the SAL 50mm F1.8 DT mounted. The rain got heavier, so I decided to rest the Sony on a shedded table, and ran out into the rain, chasing the newly weds, as they left the garden (venue of the ROM) and walked into the nearby hall. It was an important part of the event, since the couple just got officially married, and the wedding march is one of the items in must photograph list. I was shooting alongside a few friends (a photographer and two videographers), but I was the only one storming out and got myself and my gear drenched.
Kenny & Desiree, marching out through the rain.
Image taken with Olympus E-5 and my beloved 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 wide angle lens.
I was in the middle of the crucial part of the photo-assignment, and not shooting was not an option.
Thank goodness I was using Olympus E-5 and 11-22mm lens, both being fully WEATHER SEALED!!
In times like these, my faith in Olympus grew even stronger. It may not be the best camera when it comes to high ISO performance and dynamic range, it may have less resolution than newer camera releases, it may not be the fastest or offer the latest cool features. However, when you get down to business, when you expect the camera to perform, it will do so, and it won't fail you. It is the camera that does not complain, it just does what it does best, deliver great photographs.
When choosing your camera, do make sure you take practical shooting into considerations. No matter how powerful or great the camera is, if you can't use it, you lose your photography opportunities.
Somehow, I think the photography gods (if they ever existed) are telling me to put the Sony away. Just my feeling. When I placed the Sony on the table which I thought was shedded, I left it there for a great deal of time. When I returned it was not longer there, and a kind gentlemen came to me and he had my Sony in his hands. He gestured to the table and I immediately knew what happened, water leaked and it was dripping directly onto the table where I left the Sony earlier. He saved my Sony A350 and the 50mm F1.8, thank you very, very much, I would have stayed and chatted with you for a while but I was busy shooting.
Sometimes, it was this little act of kindness that really brightens up your day. To that young man who looked after my camera, I owe you a camera's life !!