I tried taking a photo of a falling tree...and missed!

Omagh, Northern Ireland
June 16, 2008 9:21pm CST
The place where I work overlooks part of a 9 hole golf course..there were 3 trees on the course,and tonight there's 2 left...the third tree in the group had died some time ago-it had no bark left,it's branches were gone,perhaps it had been struck by lightning at some time in it's hundred Year or so past..I happened to look out today to see a "Cherry Picker" truck on the course beside the dead tree..I figured something was going on,but wasn't sure what...then a bit later,heard a chainsaw in use,looked again,and sure enough,a Guy was working on the base of this tree..Although not supposed to have our cellphones while working,I went to my locker,got out my camera phone,went out front of the building for a clear view and set it to take a photo for posterity of the tree before it fell..and in the second or so it took to compose my shot and wait for the camera to take the picture,I witnessed the tree fall over before the "shutter" went!Have You ever missed a golden opportunity for a photo??
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@surveygrrl (1271)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I have missed a few good photo's before. That was one reason I ended up buying a different camera. The lag was too long. I took my old/back up camera on vacation because it takes excellent video and pretty good pictures but what a shock going back to that lag. I missed some really cute pictures of the kids because they had moved by the time it snapped. Oy! It really stinks when you can't recreate the picture...like the falling tree. When I used my old camera allt eh time I would try to anticipate when something would happen and snap ahead of time.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Jun 08
I suppose I didn't anticipate that the tree would be felled so quickly..I just wanted to get "before and after" shots,and suddenly "creaak..boom!" down..If I thought it would have happened that fast,I'd have tried it in video mode! thanks for the post!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Jun 08
All the time. We've got all sorts of activity around here between the deer, birds, rabbits, etc so I've always got my camera within reach. I've placed a hummingbird feeder outside my office window and invariably I'll see one pop in and he'll take a quick drink and already be gone before I get the camera turned on. I'm determined to get him, though!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Jun 08
Thanks for the Comment! and good luck with the Hummingbird!