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If at first you don't succeed, next time read the directions!

     I had been in Florida for about a week, and taken hundreds of photos with NO problems. I should have seen the "writing on the wall", something was about to go extremely wrong.
     We were all sitting around the pool, and I had been taking photos of the kids jumping off the deck into the pool, some of them even on "boogie boards". The splashes had been pretty spectacular and the fun was just beginning, when I got the crazy idea to try to photograph some of them underwater.
     Now, referring to the camera instructions would have been real easy. I carry the little book in the back pocket of the camera bag. However, since I haven't read that little book yet after all these years, why should I start now? After all, I was only going take a couple of pictures underwater, and I wasn't going to submerge my whole camera underwater, only the lens part. Oops, that's just about the exact moment the problems started.
    As you can tell by the two photos on here, they turned out pretty good for the first attempts. But as I tried a third attempt, I noticed a bit of water collecting inside the lens area. Normally that shouldn't have been a problem. Remove the outer lens, drain and clean. But the problem was a bit more serious. The water wasn't only behind the first lens. It had leaked in behind the second lens also, which isn't normally removable.
     Then the second problem started. The power turned off and I couldn't get it turned back on again. Geesh, I had *&%@ up this time! This was NOT good. Well, I guess at that moment I really knew what I had done, but I really didn't want to admit it. So, I took the camera inside, removed the batteries and lens and set in on a warm window ledge to allow it time to dry out.
    That was the longest 3 days of a vacation I had ever had. For 3 days that camera wouldn't even turn on. Boy was it MAD at me. So, for 3 days I had to use someone's camera, a camera I wasn't real comfortable with, or very used to. I got a few nice pictures from it, but I sure missed my Olympus. Then after day 3, that poor old camera finally turned back on. At last, I had been forgiven and was ready to start shooting again. * I thought.
    One of the last days of that vacation, was a trip traveling deep into the Florida Keys, to Key West. Most of the photos taken that day came out just fine, however, as the day went on, the photos were beginning to take on a "misty" look in the preview window. So, I guess due to the temperature and the raised humidity in southern Florida and the fact that the camera wasn't 100% dried out yet, some of the photos didn't really turn out very well. I guess there was a fog building up between the lens again. So, I turned it off, and returned it to the camera bag and out of the humidty. By the time I got on the plane in Orlando to fly home, it was fine.
    Did I ever read those directions to the camera regarding underwater photography? Yep, and only found 3 referrences to water and moisture. Basically, keep the camera away from ANY water. Well, that's how you learn. 
 
 

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