Previously I wrote about things we saw on our Haunt Jaunt to St. Louis, one of which was the Lemp Mansion. I decided to take some video while we were there. I was hoping to play around with creating a travel commentary of sorts.
However, I couldn’t get my camera to auto focus. It was set up to do it (and had been doing it), before we got to the Lemp Mansion. But the second I tried to zoom in and focus on the building, starting with the sign on the side of it, I could not make my camera focus.
Things didn’t get better until I crossed to the other side of the street and zoomed back out. Then I got a clear shot of the house.
It was really weird, because I’ve never had that happen quite like that before. It’s gone blurry on me, but then it always adjusts and pulls back into focus. It was the craziest thing. And it was really pissing me off because I wanted to get a good video.
The blurring wasn’t the only trouble I ran into, though. To be fair, there was a lot of operator error.
- I tilted the camera to try and get a better shot of the portico on the other side of the house thinking the camera would adjust to the perspective. I was wrong.
- I didn’t hold the camera steady. Lots of shaking. Will have to work on that in the future.
- All I did was get some shots of the outside of the house. (And blurry ones at that.) Big whoop. Would’ve been better to get inside. Maybe even get an interview with an owner or manager or even a guest or something.
Oh, and my “guest stars” were less than excited we made the detour before heading home. Their lack of enthusiasm compared to my glee at just even getting to see the outside of the infamous Lemp Mansion is almost comical.
Oh well. It was a first effort. I learned what I’d do differently next time.