I want to tell you my spotting day today:
I went shooting just before noon, biked where the biz-jets are on RKV, and shot them, there was no problem. I biked home again, put 20D's battery in the charger, and went survin' A.net. When I thought it was time to go to the airport again, I put my 20D in its bag, checked if the Ixus i and phone were in my trouser-pockets, and biked to the airport. I saw that Dagfinnur Stefansson, the owner of the ex-German Air Force Do-27, TF-LDS, was preparing to go for a flight. I asked if I could go with him, and he said no problem. I put my bike inside his hangar and then we started the engine and so so so..you know how it works when you're going for a flight.
While climbing away from runway 01, I saw a beautiful view of the city on the right, so I rushed to take my 20D out of the bag, and then focused and shot But... Nothing happened! I tried again, but same thing. I then openedrnthe battery-door, and saw that there was no battery inside! I had forgotten it in the charger! I went mad (of course inside me )! I found the Ixus i in the pocket, so I tried to use that for photograph the beautiful view. We then flew over South-Iceland, and landed at Fludir airport. The pilot's friend was there and went with us to look at the town. It was fine, and then we flew over Geitamelur on our way to Mulakot. There, we wrote TF-LDS and our names in the guest book, and the pilot made himself a coffee. I talked to one guy I know which was plantingrnsome plants near his apartment. One our later, LDS' pilot and me went to Litlioddi, a beautiful little private airport near Hella. There, the airport's owner took us to his house where we drunk coffee and milk and ate cookies. After 1 and half hour there, we went home to Reykjavik. All this trip took about 6.5 hours.
Then I came home, and thought of how stupid I was of forgetting the battery in the charger, as I could have made loads of superb shots on this trip.
So for any photographer: NEVER FORGET YOUR BATTERY IN THE CHARGER, WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING!
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PS: Here is the aircraft at Mulakot airport in 2005 with some info:
Photo © David Alfred Eliasson - Reykjavik Spotters
[Edited 2006-05-07 22:25:21]