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The Short Side of Glen Canyon Dam

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This is Glen Canyon Dam from the water. We haven't seen it from the other side yet, but I hear it's a lot taller! LOL!

We took a boat tour on Lake Powell yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful day, and it felt great to be out on the water! The tour went by Glen Canyon Dam (as you see) and also into the water side of Antelope Canyon.

I won't be showing you any pictures from Antelope Canyon, and I'm feeling pretty grumpy about that.

Before we left on our trip I bought a used Canon T3i. There are three settings for the numbering systems of your photographs. One is "continuous," which means after you load your images from the card onto the computer it picks up with the number where you left off and doesn't start at 0001 again. One is "automatic reset," which DOES start every session at 0001, and the third is "manual reset." Although I've always had my camera set on "automatic restart," this one was set on "continuous," and I found I liked the continuity, so I left it there.

In the middle of our boat trip yesterday I took picture number 9999, having no idea in the world that I'd reached that number. Did the camera click the number over to 10,000 for the next shot? It did not. Did it start over at 0001? No. Did it give me an on-screen message telling me I had taken picture number 9999 and perhaps I'd like to do a manual reset? Huh-uh. What it DID do was ... nothing. I continued to take pictures, but the camera, having no way to put a number to those pictures, did not save them to my card. So when I loaded my boat trip pictures onto my computer at the end of the day, they only went as far as the dam. I got NO pictures of Antelope. If you want to see something from there, you'll have to bother Bill about it, because I can't help you.

Antelope Canyon from the water is a totally different experience than it is from the land side, and I was thrilled to see it! The rock formations, up close and personal, were amazing.

I've got the numbering thing figured out now, and I know how to make it never happen again (assuming I'm paying even the slightest bit of attention), but for now, I'm bummed. I don't complain much, but this has me feeling pretty testy.

April 19, 2013
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Apr 19, 2013 2:24:18 pm
Good light and shadows picture

by moochagoo Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:44:29 pm
Bummer Tara. But, nice photo.

by EJD64 Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:46:08 pm
A great pic Tara, have seen this dam from the land.

by jayfar Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:48:24 pm
Oh dear! I really feel for you, Tara, I got a sinking feeling just reading your words.
Dams make me feel a bit nervous, but the short side is ok....

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:55:10 pm
OH NOO!! I am really sorry you lost all these shots. It was pretty rude of that camera not to tell you anything. :-/ But this shot is really beautiful.

by helanker Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 3:39:16 pm
Superb capture Tara.
God bless.

by kgb224 Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 3:59:38 pm
Looks like you missed a lot more than just Grafton! The other side of the dam is big, but not as big as Hoover. Water comes out at 42 degrees and warms up very little until it reaches Lake Mead! The put in for the Grand is just below the dam and you will find excellent trout fishing until the water warms up again. So on the other side of the dam it is awesome! Been down there 30 days at a time on the river! Take a peek from the Navajo Bridge.

by abreojos Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 6:23:57 pm
Great pic... awful about pix... I would rather lose the camera. :(

by FredNunes Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 6:44:57 pm
What a lovely view of the dam, and that bridge looks pretty cool too...

Hmmm, now I'm going to have to investigate my settings. I know I've passed the 9999 mark many times on my cameras; I always keep the image number in the title when I work a shot so I can tell which one I've used, and if I search for a particular shot number I get several hits with different titles but the same number. I don't THINK I've ever lost shots due to numbering, and I don't think I'd like to start!

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 7:31:58 pm
An interesting image. Sounds like you had a good time. We are artists, Tara. We don't have time to worry about all that technical stuff. Since you no longer have a mortgage, property tax, electric bills or a schedule, what would prevent you from taking the boat ride again? Perhaps on the way back?

by wysiwig Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 8:12:14 pm
and a testy Tara is one to avoid...
Great capture and I'm glad that you got things working fine

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 8:16:13 pm
love this pov. not many people see this

by jocko500 Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 8:30:57 pm
How discourageing about the loss of images.

by pimanjc Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 11:59:40 pm
Excellent capture
feel bad about reading your text and the deal with the camera

by Blush Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 12:02:08 am
Bizarre behavior on the part of your camera & a shame to have lost your photos. I'd be pretty annoyed too, but try not to dwell on things you can't change...

by photosynthesis Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 1:52:25 am
What an image! I love the crisp, sharp, linearness of it...and I got that same sinking feeling you did as I learned that you learned that a LOT of photos were not able to be saved because of a technological mess up. I'm still reeling from a similar feeling, when my old camera died in Prague, a bare number of hours before some really interesting things revealed themselves. This, however, is a massively wonderful shot!

by Chipka Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 3:13:13 am
I think you must have discovered the problem after you commented on my image - no grumpiness there. In fact, I loved your light-heartedness - totally in keeping with the spirit in which I created the image. I literally laughed my head off (thanks to the miracle of modern science, it was reattached without a hitch).

I had a similar experience many years ago with my old analog camera - I went hiking in the Cedarberg mountains, taking plenty of shots - too many in fact. When I clicked over to 40 on a 36-shot film (remember those?), I realised something was wrong... and sure enough, I opened the camera to find no film! Duh!

I'm sure none of the lost photographs were anything like the quality of this one...

by faroutsider Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 11:38:00 am
oh man, what a BUMMER!!! Glad you figured out how to not let that happen again anyway. How frustrating tho!
But DAM, this is a good pic! ;)

by tizjezzme Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 11:45:44 am
Dam and bonus bridge to boot... Nicely done hon.

I better pull my book out so I can figure out what my Canon will do for me or against me when I reach the dreaded 9999. Wonder if this is akin to the formerly dreaded Y2K thing?

by bmac62 Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 1:27:21 pm
Sorry for the images that did not get saved – but the ones you posted are fantastic!!!

by mtdana Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 8:35:19 pm
That's a gorgeous shot, Tara!

Hey - don't feel bad, hon..... Back in the film days, we were on a trip to Harlengen, Texas when my Dad and step-mom had a place there. I had taken a ton of photos (I thought), and I was sure all of them were gonna be masterpieces. I don't know about masterpieces, but I'm sure they would have been much better had I rememberd to actually put FILM in the camera!

Hey, at least now you have an excuse to go do it again.... :-D

by RodS Homepage »

Apr 20, 2013 9:40:18 pm
I wanted to take a boat out to the lake but had 3 other people with me and none wanted anything to do with a boat

I also wanted to go down below the dam but it did not happen also

superb capture

by Richardphotos Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 21, 2013 9:55:10 am
Love the shadows, T.
Ain't technology great?!

by Einzie1 Homepage »

Apr 25, 2013 12:32:21 pm
Great structure. Nice shot

by Celart Homepage »

Apr 29, 2013 8:00:28 am
Dams... While I understand the need, I find they cause vast amounts of damage as well..
The lose for the gain is to me a fine line...
But.....they ARE epic structures of engineering.. It has to be said.
Nice shot.

by debbielove Homepage »


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