Eight Hundred Eighty Four Feet : June 10, 2008

Eight Hundred Eighty Four Feet
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File Name: 20D_27694
Model: Canon EOS 20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: 06.09.08 8:27pm
Focal Length: 10mm (16mm)
Shutter: 1/30 s
F-Stop: F8
ISO: 100
Program: Aperture priority
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Flash: Off
Focus Mode: One shot AF

Eight Hundred Eighty Four Feet

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Oh boy, another image with a story.

As I've recently mentioned, the weather here has been crazy, and as a result, there is tons of flooding. The level of the Saylorville reservoir will most likely soon surpass the record set in '93. I took a trip out there tonight to check out the crazy amount of water going over the spillway. But what do I find? They've blocked off all access to the dam as of the afternoon.

Now, I really had my heart set on seeing the dam in all its glory, so I took a hike through the woods around the guards at the road blocks (hey, I didn't see any "closed" signs in the route I took ;) ) and across a half mile of rocky lakeside slope. I actually made the hike with a couple other guys I found along the way.

I made it up to the spillway, and oh what a site and sound. Wide open, releasing some 21,000 Cubic feet of water per second (normal flow is 3-4k). I knew I had to hurry, since I was sure we'd been spotted by a ranger truck that had just driven across the top. sure enough, he's down there in no time, and I kindly agree to his polite request to leave.

All said & done, I figure. Making the trek back, I'm met by an ATV with two more dudes. These guys explained the laws I was breaking by being there, and especially by taking photos. Then one guy utters the words no photographer ever wants to hear. I'm going to need you to delete all the images on your camera! WTF!? Security, government, BS. I didn't have all my equipment with me, and only had that one CF card with 160 images on it. But he wasn't happy until he saw "No Images" displayed on the screen. All images, buh bye :(

So here you see an image that does not exist. An image that was forever formatted and deleted from existence, never to be seen by human eyes again, as witnessed by two ranger whatevertheyare dudes. I mean, oh, I took this image the day before, when the reservoir was still open to the public & visitors weren't subject to arrest. Yeah, thats my story... guess I better fix the time on my camera, it's a day off.

Comments (0)

ami   06.10.08 11:19am  
You are SO grounded!! >:-[
Susan   06.29.08 1:38pm  
Ooh, I'm proud of you. What were the comments a few days earlier about balls? And brains, too!
Glifter - Web   09.03.08 3:36pm  
Great story, but. No, No, NO!!!

You have the right to take those photos, and their request was NOT legal. They could not tell you to delete your photos.

See the link I posted for your rights.

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