After leaving the Smokies, and a day layover at home, I drove to Milford, PA to hook up with a Joe Brady workshop and spend a weekend photographing the fall colors. The first day of shooting included George W. Childs Park in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. I was familiar with the area having shot there this past March with Charles Riter and Cal Jackson (click here to see some photographs from that trip). This photograph was made at one of the small drop-offs Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls – a clutch of leaves had piled up on the brink of the spill and remained there for what seemed like several minutes while I set up my tripod and camera.
So, why did I title this post as “The last Photograph…”? Well, for this camera, it pretty much was the last photograph it made. Several minutes later, and a little upstream from this location, I was shooting at the base of Factory Falls, when I picked up my camera pack without having properly secured the camera compartment: the camera (my new Nikon D810) with my most used lens (the 24-70mm zoom) attached dropped out of the bag, landed with a sickening, expensive thud on the rocks and then slid into the pool at the base of the falls. I recovered the memory card with today’s photograph on it, but the camera and lens were complete write-offs. Fortunately, I have professional insurance for my equipment, and have been able to replace both the camera body and the lens, but at the time I was looking forward to two more days of shooting without my primary camera and lens, and feeling pretty bummed by my own stupidity. That is a story for next time.
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