Some things just aren't meant to be. These things frustrate us at the time, but they are good, nevertheless, because they provide amusement in retrospect.
Butterfly and The Boy were all dressed and ready to go out last night when she suggested that I take a picture. It's amazing how such a simple request can become so problematic so quickly.
I hadn't used my camera for a while. Pictures that I have been posting lately have been taken on Cuppa's portable, little Elph. As things turned out, so is the above photo.
Plan A Fails : Thinking that I might get a better background outside, I posed the couple in front of a large bush. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! It was so incredibly hot and humid outside that my lens fogged right up. I grabbed a kleenex and wiped, but the lens kept fogging faster than I could wipe. Not only that, but the kleenex left all sorts of lint residue all over my lens. In an effort to deal with both the fog and the lint, I started wiping with my shirt, but the lens continued to fog. Unfortunately, by this time, the mosquitoes had tracked my fine scent and were swarming me unmercifully. Meanwhile, the couple was already running late, so we switched to plan B.
Plan B Fails: Back in the house, I fired a couple of shots, looked at the results, and scratched my head. The flash had fired, but the colouring was terrible, and the photos were blurry. Thought I: "Ah ha! The batteries are failing. There is enough juice to fire the flash but not enough for full power." Take a moment; switch batteries; no result. As I stood staring at my camera perplexedly, Cuppa whipped out her little Elph, took a couple of shots. The couple departed whilst I was still scratching my noggin.
It was only then that I had the presence of mind to recheck the batteries. Sure enough, I had put one in the wrong way! Having made the correction and taken the time to clean the lens properly, I took a few experimental pictures, and everything worked fine. Far too late for the shot that I had wanted, but it's always good to figure out what really happened and to know that you're not going completely crazy.
Sometimes, things are just not meant to be.