This shot was the last thing my camera saw before it died.
I had already fallen once before this shot and twisted my leg. I had stepped in a hole someone had left in the sand, and fell flat on my face, camera equipment flew everywhere. Thankfully my face and camera bag landed in the soft sand, so the only damage (besides being terribly embarrassed) was a twisted knee, and a lot of sand in my face and oxygen cannula. I was still determined to go get some shots, so I hauled my injured self down to the water near the pier and started shooting.
It was a calm day, without much wave action. I was still distracted by my aching knee, so I got a little careless with my tripod. I didn’t have my hand on the camera strap, which is always my safety when shooting near the waves. Sure enough, a wave came in and undermined the tripod. I threw by body at the tripod hoping to save the camera, but all I got was another face full of sand, wet this time, and a soaked camera. Everything was soaked with sea water.
Neither the camera nor the lens could be salvaged. Both were expensive, and they weren’t insured. It was a costly lesson and a huge oops!