So, I shot a wedding for a couple of friends on Saturday. Overall, it went very well. At least I think it did. I'm not sure yet since I haven't pulled down the images yet. I'm in the process of cleaning up my digital photo archive and want to get that done before I throw more images in. Anyway, one not so fun part of the evening is when my I was adjusting my camera on it's tripod and didn't have the tilt locked in. The result was the camera, while staying attached to the tripod pitched forward with basically all its weight and smashed my left pointer finger between it and the tripod. Hurt pretty bad, but I was able to keep shooting without much issue. If it had been my right hand I would have had to taken a couple quick shots of whiskey to dull the pain to be able to keep shooting since it would have been my shutter pressing finger. By the end of the night, the finger had swollen a decent amount and started to turn a little blue/gray. One of the guys at the wedding was a doctor and said I should take it in a get X-rayed. He said it was unlikely that it was serious but if it did break and did it a certain way it could cause some pretty serious issues. The good news for me is that according to the doctor I saw today, it's not broken. Just need to keep some ice on it when I can. Take some ibuprofen for the swelling and keep a little finger guard on it so I don't keep knocking it into things. Interesting things in this experience:

  • My doctor at the clinic looked exactly like Teller from Penn and Teller. He wore glasses, didn't do magic and, of course, talked, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't him but I suppose that could have been the trick.
  • The little exam room had a TV with cable and a remote in it. It's a great touch. Instead of that awkward just sitting and waiting on the little bench with the roll of paper on it, I channel surfed. Made for a much more comfortable wait.
  • I asked for the X-ray which they let me have. I don't think I've seen an X-ray of myself before. The only time I can think of that I'ce had an X-ray was before I was going up in a ROTC helicopter to shoot photos for a story in my college paper. They made me have an X-ray of my teeth so they had my dental records to match in case the thing went down. It's really odd to see an X-ray of part of my body. I've seen a few other X-rays before of other people, but this is the first time I've "seen" my own bones. They are much smaller than I would have thought.

So, the main outcome of all that is that I'm finally going to get a ball head for my tripod instead of the one I have now where you have to lock down three gears or risk serious injury.