Jack’s Walk

Soggy leaves, ©voyager, all rights reserved

It’s another damp and dreary day around here and the weather forecast is for more of the same for days ahead. There wasn’t even moody fog today, just dull skies and soggy ground. Even worse, I tripped and dropped my camera and scratched the lens. The camera seems to be working fine, but for the next while my pictures may have a bit of scarring. I’ve been thinking about getting a better lens and perhaps this is the universe’s way of telling me not to wait any longer. In fact, it might just be time for an early Christmas/Festivus present for voyager. I’ll see how bad the damage is over the next few days and if it’s only minor I may try and wait. I think I might need to save a few more pennies to get the quality I want. I’m using a Canon T5i with an EFS 18 – 135mm lens. Any suggestions?



  1. rq says

    I have no suggestions, as I just use the camera most available to me, but I love the colour and arrangement of today’s photo -- enough dark and drab to recognize as the wet stage of autumn, but super-bright colours for emphasis!

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    I’m sorry about the lens. Are you OK otherwise? (As a kid tripping meant nothing, maybe just dirty or torn clothes, but we’re not exactly kids in this horde, so bones and joints seem to be in danger any one of us falls over and it’s a huge relief if one manages to land softly.)

    The picture is lovely indeed. Fine composition and the range of colours of the leaves as well as the glistening wetness.

    Also, from an outside point of view, this picture feels quite Canadian.

  3. says

    Lovely colours.
    As for the lens, whatever you get, whatever you do, get yourself UV filters. They’re cheap and they protect the lens. So far in my 20 years of photography, I’ve shattered/scrached three of them in accidents that would have destroyed the lens if not for the filter.
    Now, for the other other question, what do you want to do?
    The 18-135mm was the one I had originally in mind when I got my camera, but then there was a nice offer for a bundle. I have the 18-55mm Efs and the 55 to 180mm Efs. I also have a macro and a stalker tele lens. All of this means that I usually carry a rucksack…

  4. jazzlet says

    Lovely colours!

    I too hope you are ok, hopefully you landed in soft mud and just had a bit of a shock.

    Seconding Giliell’s recommendation for UV filters, we’ve broken several over the years. Though I did manage to damage a lens with a filter on when I slipped amongst boulders and hit the lens on one, the filter smashed compeletely and the plastic of the lens housing got a fine crack, not enough to stop it working or to let light in, but it started getting bigger. Then we got burgled and the camera was taken, as we were insured my response was ‘ Great! I get a new camera and lens’. Ironically it was the only thing stolen that the police managed to locate, but we said we didn’t want it back as we’d replaced it by then.

  5. voyager says

    Hi everyone,
    I’m fine. No injuries. Note to self: wet leaves are slippery.
    Thanks for the tip about the filter. I’ll be getting one ASAP.

  6. Nightjar says

    That is a beautiful picture. I’m beginning to miss autumn. And now you ask, but aren’t you in the Northen Hemisphere, where it is autumn? And I say yes, but it has been 30ºC and full sun ever since autumn “arrived”.

    I’m sorry about the lens (and glad to hear you didn’t hurt yourself and the scratches are not that much of a big deal)! As for suggestions it really depends on what you want to do, as Giliell says, and if the lens is not that badly damaged you may even want to think of something that isn’t exactly a replacement but something different. My favourite lens for non-bird photography and which I carry around all the time is the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, but you can’t zoom with it and 50mm is probably way too much for landscape photography.

    I will not third the recommendation for a UV filter as I have never felt the need to have one. I have never scratched my lenses, but I do have the habit of always putting the cap back on whenever I’m moving but not shooting (the exception is with the tele lens, but that one has the hood always on anyway). But obviously YMMV.

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