Blue dot

Even though I’ve been a working photographer for over 23 years, I still can make some rookie mistakes. I was putting away my equipment as I was finishing up an assignment shooting a roller derby practice, when a flash I was using fired, at full-power, while I was looking right at it, at about a foot away. The strobe has a built-in optical slave unit and I was using it in that mode, when one of the other people there inadvertantly set it off by taking their own flash picture. There was a big blue dot floating in the center of my vision as I continued to pack up. To make matters worse, it was nighttime and I had to drive back to the office in the dark. The blue dot subsided only by a bit by the time I got to the car. Fortunately, the drive was only a few (freeway) miles. The dot lessened and I was able to drive, slowly, back to the office. It was pretty much gone by the time I got back, but I was kicking myself the whole way.

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