Wednesday, 22 July 2009

More Camera Problems & Snowdon

Having got my camera back last week (see previous post) I then clumsily proceeded to break the USB connector cable. I sent for a new one (ebay) which arrived promptly - but didn't fit!

So I decided to buy a card reader instead, and today I travelled to the nearest town that has a shop that stocks such things (20 miles away I'm afraid), bought one and once again I'm back!

The photo's I've posted here are ones that I would have posted on Saturday (but couldn't 'connect' of course) after I walked up Snowdon. On the mountain that day there was the annual Snowdon running race where people run to the top of the hill (about 3,500 feet) and back down again in little over an hour! I think the winning time was 1hr 08min and last was about 2hr 45min. I do a little running myself - but prefer the flat - maybe next year!

On a sobering note one of the competitors actually dropped dead in this years race.The weather was it's usual 'poor summer' weather, we haven't had a good spell of weather since 2006, it was 17c at the bottom and 10c at the top with a howling gale and the summit covered in cloud.

There was of course the usual drizzle but it was very nice all the same. It took us 2hrs 15mins (with a 15min stop) to get up (the Rhyd Ddu path) and about 1hr 45mins to come down the same route.


Sara G said...

Very cool photo's.
Where did you send your camera off to be cleaned? Is it something that should be done yearly? I have noticed a few spots and they aren't on my lens.

JPT said...

Sara: I sent it to a firm in Staffordshire, England - that may be a bit far for you!
Dust on the sensor is a bit of a nightmare and something that I was not aware of until recently (I only bought my first DSLR about six months ago).
It gets onto the sensor when you change your lens (especially if you leave the camera turned on) I'm now pretty much afraid to change lenses!
Some people say to change lenses with the camera inside a plastic bag - I'll welcome any tips.

CherryPie said...

Those are great photos, I have walked there myself a long time ago. My line manager from work took part in the race and managed it in just under 2 hours.

JPT said...

CherryPie: He's fit!!

CherryPie said...

He is. About 4 weeks ago he attempted the Welsh 3000s challenge, but the weather was so bad they had to call it off part way through. He will try again later in the year, weather permitting. He is raising money for charity.

Steve B said...

This is wonderful alpine photography.

Stephen Baird said...

great eye jim! i will photograph with ya anytime.
nikonsniper steve

holdingmoments said...

These are great shots Jim.

Anonymous said...

You've captured a magic that I had all but forgotten. Thank you.