I was so looking forward to using my birthday present of a Go Pro Hero 5 head camera on Saturday, the first full day at our local shoot.
I charged the batteries, fitted the head strap, tested it out and then proudly arrived at the shoot with the camera strapped to my hat – much to the merriment of onlookers! But I wasn’t fazed by their veiled jealousy: I was going to create a blockbuster filming Tilly on her first long retrieve over open ground on the 2nd drive of the day, my favourite drive.
The moment arrived, I pushed the button, sent Tilly and kept as still as possible as she raced over the fields, picked a partridge, returned and delivered to hand. Delirium! I now had something to show my Grandchildren in years to come – the perfect first outing for my Go Pro Hero and young Tilly. I pushed the button to turn it off.
I couldn’t resist having a sneak preview of my expert footage when I got back to the truck. I pressed play – and watched 10 minutes of me walking out to my picking up spot before the drive and then switching it off just before sending Tilly! The next footage was of me returning to my truck. I had turned the damn thing on when it was supposed to be off, and off when I wanted it on! The blockbuster was now of me huffing and panting across a ploughed field and back again. Tilly’s success would now be confined to my memory alone 😥.
Lesson relearned? Read the instructions properly before playing with new toys.
Oh well, it gives me an excuse to do it all again next Saturday. Think I’d better give it a test drive today. Let’s try and go back from Zero to Hero!