Case in point the trip a couple of months ago to Calvert. Packed up my Olympus and arrive well over a hundred miles away with either no media card or dead batteries. Not sure now which it was but had not Clayton loaned me his second camera I would have come home with no photographs. That was not the first time, nor has it been the last. A couple of weeks ago Debi loaned me a media card when I left mine on the card reader at home.
Alcy has a camera club assignment of ‘animal kingdom.’ I no longer need to shoot for camera club assignments but I will frequently go along with her so I might as well. We chose to go to the zoo for ‘animal photos.’ On taking my camera out of the bag I discovered that I had no media card (what a surprise), but having only spent four days shooting with Debi since I borrowed the card from her during which I had forgotten to return her card, I realized that it was in a pocket of my bag. Great I could take photographs! The card was only 4gb and Debi already had a couple of files on the card so I ran out long before I would have liked but that was okay. I did have around a hundred and fifty photographs which was better than not having any.
We spent five hours at the zoo. My knee was hurting beyond belief but I persevered—the last part without photographing. Arriving back at the car I discovered that my camera bag had tilted over and the fresh 16gb card I should have been using was laying on the floor of the back seat. Well, I was in no condition to go back and try it again. My bad for not checking.
At home I downloaded the card and since it was Debi’s, I deleted my file from her media—only to discover later that in the transfer I had only grabbed part of the photographs—about half were gone. My bad. I really didn’t need animal kingdom photographs anyway. But that was this time—next time it might be much more of a disaster. So you can see that lethargic or lackadaisical really are not as appropriate as simply—sloppy.