Whiskers and Lost Photos

By: danitacahill

Jan 15 2012

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Category: Animals, Horses, Photography


Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

This is my neighbors’ horse. He has incredible whiskers and I wanted to get a shot of them in the morning sunlight.

I managed to get the shot, but not without some heartache first.

See, I got a new camera, new lenses and new memory card. But did I format the new card first. Uh, no.

I happily drove around and took photos, trying out the new gear. None were stellar shots, but there were three or four images that I couldn’t wait to look at on my computer. Due to memory card problems, I managed to lose all 149 new images.

One of those was a shot of this horse in his plaid blanket with his whiskers lit up by the sun.

I said a few choice words, formatted the card, and went back out to the fence line to see if I could coax Mr. Whiskers over again. The horse was cooperative, but of course the sun was in a different position.

I’ve found it nearly impossible to duplicate a shot. The moment passes and so does that exact shot. This one turned out fine, but forever in my mind will be the image that I lost.

This was taken with my 100mm macro 2.8 lens. For another fun macro whisker post by Burnt Embers, click here.

Horse Whiskers Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


8 comments on “Whiskers and Lost Photos”

  1. Great shot! I know exactly how you feel though…I’ve done the opposite, accidentally formatted before getting the pics off, doh! Choice words indeed. 😉

  2. Starla wrote on my facebook link, “They are impressive.”

  3. Nice whiskers! Too bad about the lost images, but soon you will have thousands more to erase the memory.

    • Thanks Ehpem. I put a link on this post to your cat whiskers photos. True that I will soon have many more images, but like a fisherman, I always remember the ones that got away.

  4. Barbara wrote on my facebook link: “Sorry about your lost photos, Danita. Maybe your sharing will save someone else from having the same experience. The impossibility of duplicating a lost photo is part of what makes each photo so magical and precious–a single moment frozen in time.”

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