dropping in from the sky

Some of the glare at the top of this shot is not sun but water on the lens. At 10mm I am in close to get this shot, about 20 feet from the guy being lowered, and so at several points in this series the spray blown up from the rotors drenched me and my camera. In fact the shots right after this one look like they were taken underwater (I may post them for fun sometime). I learnt two things from this experience:

First, the Nikon D80 cannot auto-focus and therefore stops working when the front of the lens is wet – if this happens do not worry your camera is not broken — just switch to manual focus and keep going.

Second, the Nikon D80 and Sigma 10-20 lens are surprisingly waterproof!

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