Doh! Didnít charge the @#$%! camera battery!!!

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Posted by Dick J on March 18, 2006 at 13:37:30:

An eagerly-awaited photography excursion to the Pacific Ocean off Ventura, California didnít turn out quite as planned or hoped for. After being "certain" that the cameraís battery was fully charged at home before encasing the camera in its machined aluminum waterproof housing, it was heartbreaking to discover that the battery was nearly dead, ten minutes into the first dive of a four-dive day.

Three underwater subjects, ten minutes, end of shooting for the day. But it was a great day of diving in any case, including fun encounters with sea lions and a friendly octopus. Truth be told, it was somewhat liberating not to have to lug a heavy camera for a few dives. But itís certain that Iíll be checking the battery with a lot more scrutiny before the next trip (as well as bringing fully-charged spares).

Dive boat Spectre on a crisp Winter morning (3/12/06) in Ventura Harbor. Air temperature: 2 degC (35 degF) Water temperature at depth: 10 degC (50 degF). A few snowflakes fell during one of the dives.

Chestnut cowrie, with substantial portion of mantle exposed.

Delicate cup coral.

Colorful invertebrates including nudibranch, brittle stars, cup coral, all seen through the spines of an urchin.

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