A grain elevator somewhere in S.E. Washington...

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 30 July 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Further to my comments about the last photo I posted, I know this photo was the first one I took on my recent trip to The Palouse region of southeast Washington. But of what and where it's located, I'm sorry to report that I am completely and utterly clueless. <blushes>

Even looking at the photos I took afterward has not helped me to figure out exactly where we were when we stopped alongside this road. Maybe this is because as soon as I finished setting up my camera and started composing and focusing a photo, I was distracted by the fact my camera wouldn't focus at infinity.

For reasons I cannot explain, the camera that I spent many hours over the course of a week tweaking and adjusting to perfection (which was required, because unlike the cameras used by most photographers, mine wasn't purchased off the shelf from B&H; instead, I made it myself, using parts from several cameras that I modified, as well as a few custom parts I fabricated) would not focus at infinity. It came close to focusing at infinity, but not exactly at infinity, and for a photographer who's picky about such things -- me! -- this was potentially a major issue. Especially coming, as it did, at the beginning of a four-day photo outing.

Fortunately, having assembled and adjusted the camera myself, I knew what needed to be done to fix the issue and I had wisely brought along the tools necessary for me to do so.

So while the rain started falling softly and my two friends got busy taking photos, I huddled inside the Dodge Caravan we had rented and disassembled my camera to the point where I could remove one of the two paper shims that I had installed to precisely position the lens at the correct distance from the camera body to make it focus exactly at infinity when the focus ring was turned to the infinity mark.

I knew this was only a temporary fix, though, because unless I was incredibly lucky (which I already knew was not the case, since I was dealing with an unexpected camera issue on the side of the road, something that wouldn't have happened if I was, in fact, lucky) the lens position wouldn't be precisely, perfectly adjusted.

But it would be close enough to get me through the rest of the outing with acceptable results and, as expected, it did the trick. So after a 15-minute delay, I was able to setup my camera -- again! -- and finally take this photo. 8^)

P.S.: FYI, my best guess as to what happened is that the paper shims I'd used when adjusting the camera in the dry Arizona desert had absorbed moisture when exposed to the humid Palouse agricultural region and swelled accordingly, throwing off my precise adjustments oh-so-slightly, but enough to be noticeable.)

A larger, higher-resolution version of this photo can be seen here: http://www.canyonero.com/files/1532903055.jpg