I have had quite a few problems and/or irritating issues but not necessarily all that strange. More along the lines of the stuff John mentioned - like the building being gone. I've actually had that happen a few times. Sometimes the lights go on when they were supposed to be off, and vice versa. Things in the picture that weren't before, etc. It comes down to the way I work. I just stalk things for too long and by the time I'm ready to make a picture something has changed or fkd it up in some way.
Of course there have been many run-ins with cops, security guards, interested people, strange people, miscellaneous 4ssholes, homeless people, and an attempted mugging here and there.
Once I had a "stand-off" with some dipsh1t trying to tag a wall across the road from where I was set up. I stayed until daylight and ruined his little activity, which was a lot of fun.
Nice recumbent in your avatar, I have a Haluzak Horizon.
Originally Posted by Jesper
Almost but no cigar: I drove for an hour to get to Skyline drive and then remembered that I did not take the 4"x5" film and holders. I returned home, picked up the film and drove back to Skyline Drive.
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Similar - when I was doing a wedding. All of the Bride's side of the family left the Church for the VFW Hall before I could take the formal shots. Got to the VFW and they were all already in the bag. Plus, there was no good spot for a background, the ceiling was low, and the whole place was dingy. Group shots were horrible - it was easy to see who was drunk and nearly falling down. I got paid anyway. The Bride was mad at her family, not me.
Originally Posted by silveror0
I was stopped by a guy at Loch Ness who claimed to own the lake and ask ed me to leave.
Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht
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Backpack full of lenses, film holders, etc but left the camera at home hundreds of miles away. That has only happened once. Shooting with an empty film holder, that has happened at least twice.
Well, we all certainly share a common bond when it comes to making mistakes and forgetting things... Thanks for sharing. I was thinking that I've never been thwarted by a dead animal before and could only image what others have encountered. Looking forward to reading more stories.
It's not strange, but forgetting to cock the shutter is a usual culprit. I take the utmost care in framing and metering and as the decisive moment approaches and passes I repeatedly press the shutter release in vain. All I can do then is imagine how awesome it would have been to have gotten that shot.
recently brought my Rolleicord and a roll of film. Opened it up and realized it didn't have a take-up spool in it! Oh well...
I was taking some nigh shots of sea and stars, doing long exposures. There was no moon that night, which made it an awesome opportunity. Took some shots with my film camera as well as my digital. Checking the digital, I realised I took a shot of a satellite crossing the sky. Only the path was a bit strange, not straight. Oh well, maybe it was a plane?
Anyway, packed my back and got back to my boat. See, I was on this remote small unpopulated island, about a mile away from the shore. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time on the boat with my dad around there, so I knew the area. The night did not bother me. Besides, there was a tourist resort just across the channel. I could see the lights from there and hear the music playing outside.
I'm going back and suddenly my engine dies. Crap. I'm still more than half a mile from the shore. I got paddles, but I try to fix the engine first. Good thing I have a headlamp.
What happens when you focus so much on fixing the problem is you don't notice the surroundings. I look around and suddenly everything is pitch dark. And silent. Just me, the sea, and the stars. This gets me a bit nervous. Did the current push me away from the shore? But the currents here are weak. And there's next to no wind. What's going on?
I noticed a reflection of something on the sea. Only it wasn't a reflection. The light was coming from below the sea. Divers?
There are no boats around me. Suddenly the sea gets very wavy and the boat is rocking like crazy. Only there's still no wind. Ok, I'm starting not to like this. The engine still wouldn't start. Let's paddle away before it's too late.
I turn around to get paddles and I scream like a girl. There is freaking somebody else on the boat. My heart is pounding like I'm running a marathon. When I screamed, my headlight dropped in the sea. F-word.
I don't see her very well as it's too dark. I barely manage to ask: who are you!? But there's no reply. She's just sitting there, watching the lights under the sea. She doesn't pay attention to me at all.
I pick up the camera bag as I keep my knife there. Better safe than sorry. I seem to be in no danger though. As my eyes are getting accustomed to the dark I see she's young.... very young. Not more than 15.
Screw it, if this is happening, at least I can document it, right? I slowly take my digital to take a picture. She's still ignoring me. She's starring into the lights below the sea as if it's the only thing that matters. Crap. My digital is out of power. Thanks good I have my manual film camera with me. As I take the camera out of my bag, I hear a splash behind me. I look around, but there's nothing there. Ok, I'm nervous now.
I turn back to the girls and she's starring face to face in me. She takes the camera and punches me in the head with it.
I regained consciousness in the ER the next day. A ship found my boat 10 miles off shoe with me inside. There was nothing in the boat - no paddles, camera bag, knife, nothing. They did however found a photo of a beautiful young girl in my hands. It was her.
Nah, just kidding. That was about the strangest story I could think of. I got nothing but the usual out of batteries, forgot film and the stuff.