Farewell to the D2X… 12 hours until the D3X Unveiling!

It’s a bit hasty to say goodbye to the D2X, I suppose. I still have thousands of shots that remain unprocessed. There are some fab ones, and you will see many more of them for years to come. MOST of you could care less what kind of camera I use for this and that… I think 10% of people are interested in cameras, so I will simply “tag” my posts with a D2X or D3X, so you can keep track at home.

I’ll post the first D3X shot right around midnight, CST, so it will be up for the full day of Christmas.

Three Quick Stories… on a trip down memory lane with this camera…

Story 1: First Shot of the D2X
This one was the first shot I ever took with this beast. It was a 9-exposure HDR, which I later discovered was horribly overkill, but I was still learning. This vantage point, from the John Hancock building, holds many good memories and many levels therein.

My Kinda Town

Story 2: D2X Becomes Radiated Like the Hulk
The next shot I posted below is of my adventure in Chernobyl. This story was recently reprinted online right here, in case you missed that one. I am pretty sure the sweet D2X absorbed some of the Cesium-138 radiation, possibly dislodging an electron or two and making a slightly better camera than the traditional factory model. I am still selling the camera soon and I will need you to sign a waver on any possible radiation poisoning.

The Ruskie with the Geiger Gun

Story 3: D2X Nearly is Lost Forever
This is the biggest geyser in Iceland. It’s called Strokkur. By the time I had spent a small epoch there, freezing, trying to get the shot I wanted, it finally came time for my stiff joints to leave. This is already an extremely slippery place, but what I didn’t anticipate was how slippery it became when the superheated steam and mist quickly settles in billions of tiny spherical ice-particles on top of existing frictionless ice. I swear there was superconductivity here.

I completely lost balance, and, by an unexpected reflex, I launched my camera into the air with the tripod still attached. I was flat on my back with the air knocked out of me — the camera barreling down at me. It spun just right as I stuck out my hands to catch it, and as it snapped smoothly into my hands, I was looking over to the side to see the lens just a few centimeters from the ice. It was probably the most awesome thing I had ever done.

The Icy Explosion

Farewell D2X! You’ll soon be in the hands of some other cool photographer that emails me a good offer! I’ll keep processing your pics for years to come. But I gotta move on… I’m sure you understand… Maybe if you were able to grow with me through life, but you can’t. Since you have not yet achieved sentience, this should not hurt your feelings (too much).

d2x good bye (14 of 14) (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • http://blog.ahles.nl/ Patrick

    Just a quick question: which camera did you use to shoot that last pic? :P

    Looking forward to seeing the D3x-shots !

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Patrick…. errr… (doesn’t really count)

  • http://www.thirddesign.net RobertB

    Is the 3 that superior?

    How could it get much better

    Merry Christmas

  • http://flickr.com/photos/neilsingapore/ neil

    A great tribute to an old friend… Time to let it go Trey, and move on!
    ;-)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    haha yes… and the 3 is a better… Shades of gray in some areas too. Truthfully, it’s not worth all the exra money and it is beyond reason. But certain things in life are beyond reason and I am okay with that.

  • http://www.mdsimages.blogspot.com Michael S.

    Gotta say, its great to know that I am in the company of other people with such a passion for imaging and photography. Thanks for your daily inspiration Trey. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year for you and your family :)

    Looking forward to your first D3X shot too!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Cool – always glad to have you around and read your good comments :)

  • Susan

    Wonderful memories Trey – can’t wait for the DX3 shot – it’s midnight in Texas isn’t it??

  • http://www.honeymoon9.com Honeymoon Ideas

    Amazing pictures i like the first and 3rd,

  • http://www.pbase.com/zarabeth Fenraven

    Your launched camera story reminds me of one of my own. I was on my scooter, traveling along a gravel road at already reduced speeds with my camera around my neck. Suddenly, three wild turkeys jump onto the road right in front of me. We stared at each other while the collision point approached. In an instant, I realized braking might cause me extreme damage, but not braking was not an option, as I couldn’t imagine smacking into these large birds. I compromised by just touching the brake, which sent my scooter down on its side, where I slid across the gravel, my neck and shoulders held unnaturally high. I was terrified I’d break the camera. Didn’t care about me or the scooter, just the camera. The camera was fine, but both me and the scooter picked up some interesting scrapes that day, and my neck was sore for days.

  • Rick

    Can I have your DX2 for Christmas? Please??

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    haha funny…

    Yes Fenraven – camera-induced whiplash! :)

  • http://www.ari4u.com ari4u

    I am a big fan of you, absolutely love your photos, try to learn a lot from you. I actually learnt the concept of HDR photography from you.

    I see that you travel a lot to get your perfect photos and that you need your tripod almost all the time for HDR. I assume (like every serious professional photographer) you have an expensive tripod, so do you pack it with your check-in baggage or carry it with you on-board? I am more interested in knowing about domestic flights within the US.

    There is no well-defined TSA regulation with respect to tripods and it is usually the discretion of the screener at the airport whether you can carry it or go back and check it in. I dont wish to check-in due to the fear of getting my tripod damaged. Have heard a lot of horror stories of bent or broken tripods.

    Would love to know how you deal with this. Thanks and keep up the great work!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks Ari4u!

    Well.. My tripod is not that nice… just kinda heavy-duty, but nothing too amazing. I’ve never had trouble with security… One time out of 50 flights maybe… I had to go back to the ticket counter and check it… just taped it up and it made it through like a bag, no prob!

  • http://www.ari4u.com ari4u

    Thank you Trey. I have a Manfrotto 458B and it is heavy. I guess it is a hit and a miss situation, something along the lines of flipping a coin (unless it belongs to Harvey Dent :-) )

    I hope you have a great year ahead and i hope to learn a lot more from you. Keep up the excellent work!

    -a big fan

  • http://search4beauty.blogspot.com Erik

    Can’t wait to see what the new camera brings!

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