Count on Chaos at a Surfperch Photo Shoot

I used to carry a Pentax Optio W60 whenever I explored the surf zone. I loved that camera, and I shared plenty of favorite photos in my early TOS posts. Here’s one I like from January 20, 2012.

A break in the weather, January 20, 2012

Shortly after, I tried some surfperch shots.

Silver surfperch, Hyperprosopon ellipticum, taking a wave before heading home to the surf

It didn’t take long for a wave with a sneaky run up to give my camera a salty dowsing, ending the shoot.

There is a lot going on in a surf photo shoot – apparently too much

I don’t hold a grudge against myself or the wave that did my camera in. Rather, I accept that all gear taken into the field is expendable. Still, getting hit by that wave had a psychic impact. I’m not sure if it was the death of my Optio or the embarrassment of letting a wave sneak up on me. I’ll never know, but the photo below is the last I took with that camera.

Left behind with the falling tide, January 20, 2012