One of the few times we were on the cutting edge of technology nearly got me punched in the head. You may recall the first generation of video cameras. They looked like this -
They were cumbersome and not much smaller than a broadcast camera that the TV news uses. You put an entire VHS tape in them. They were not super-awesome to lug around, let me tell you.
The next generation were the hand-held type. They still weren't sleek (e.g. built into your phone), but it was a huge leap from the previous generation that required a Ph.D in engineering to use properly. So we got a hand-held and one of the first places we used it was on the stunningly patient and mighty fine SML's first trip to Europe with me. It was an amazing trip. We had no plan other than knowing the day we were arriving Frankfurt and leaving. The rest was up to us. We were joining SML's mom and her step-dad, The Chief Pilot. Upon arrival in Germany, we found it raining so we headed south. We had an awesome trip through Bavaria, the Italian Alps, and Austria. It was great to capture the beauty of that trip on that hand-held video recorder.
It was in Bavaria, though, where things nearly went nuclear, all because of the stupid hand-held camcorder. We had just finished touring this place:
In spite of the hub-bub, I got the shot of the other castle. It was gorgeous. I should post it sometime. Just forgive the sound of the "waterfall" in the background.