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    The late and terribly lamented Camera and Darkroom magazine once had a most entertaining article about the "dumb" mistakes of the most hghly regarded of photographers.
    I remember two in particular .. Eisenstadt recalling how he loaded a roll of already exposed 35mm film... automatic double exposures; and Cartier-Bresson "decisive momenting" away with the .... ready for this? ... lens cap over the lens of his Leica.

    One vivid one I remember illustrates just how dumb most models are (They AREN'T - as a group, they are probably the most intelligent and knowledgable I've ever encountered). It was the end of the session, lots of complicated posing (most times I find myself working in stream-of-consciousness mode) - I was enthusiatic -- everything looked good, until I went to take the film out of the last Hasselblad magazine - there wasn't any. I had forgotten to load it.

    So... I thought ... Be smooth ... cover up...

    I said to the model ... "Wait ... I just happened to think of a few more poses ..."

    It didn't work - not even a little bit. She just said to me, " Yeah - right. You forgot to load the magazine., didn't you, Slick!"

    So much for my "slickness".

    Carpe erratum!!

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    Now, see, if you would have been shooting a classic Bronica with a trusty "Filminder" back instead of one of those Swedish wonders, you wouldn't have been able to cock the shutter without film in the camera.
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    </span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (David A. Goldfarb @ Jan 27 2003, 01:13 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Now, see, if you would have been shooting a classic Bronica with a trusty "Filminder" back instead of one of those Swedish wonders, you wouldn&#39;t have been able to cock the shutter without film in the camera.</td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
    Go ahead ... rub it in. I&#39;m willing to take all the ridicule in exchange for those instances where dumb errors turn into something llike Ansel Adam&#39;s "Fortunate Mistakes."

    Come to think of it, I borrowed a video tape from my local Library - featuring Ansel.
    There was one scene where, in front of a class, he exposed Polaroid film in a back installed on his 8" x 10" camera - with the lens cap on. He pulled the film - and said something like, "Aha&#33; Thiis is what I mean when I talk about `Zone X&#39;. "

    Did you know that he routinely dried "test prints" in his microwave?

    That model I wrote about - she is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence, had studied for a year at Oxford, and is an *accomplished* Cello player.
    Hmm... all the female Cellists I know (five) also model "au natural". I wonder - something in the genes?

    Carpe erratum!!

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    I&#39;ve tried the microwave trick. It works&#33;
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    My most embarrasing moment happened on a landscape workshop that I was leading in the English/Scottish border country. I was demonstrating how changing exposure and development when working with only two stops of contrast will increase the contrast. To illustrate the differences I expose and develop one 4 x 5 sheet of film normally, followed by a second where I underexpose and overdevelop. I talked through the procedure with the 12 participants as I made the exposures and returned to my darkroom to process the film, which I did as they enjoyed the lunch prepared by my wife. When I processed the sheets of film they were both clear.........I had not pulled the dark slide before I made the exposure........not once but twice.

    A few years later I saw a TV documentary about O Winston Link where he revisited many of the locations of his best remembered train photographs. The final part of this very interesting film showed Link setting up a shot using the remaining supply of flash bulbs to photograph a train pulling into a station. The shutter was released, there was a blinding light as the 100&#39;s of bulbs went off followed by an expletive from off camera............he had forgotten to pull the dark slide. I have to admit that I felt a little better in the knowledge that I was in good company.
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    Ah yes....the evil dark slide&#33;

    For me the worst was working with THREE models....THREE. All first timers, all friends. So it was VERY easy for them to gang up on me if they noticed a mistake&#33; I was shooting I think the third roll of the session on my ETRsi, when I went to changeout the roll...and noticed the darkslide was in. In just ENOUGH to cover the image, but not enough to trigger the shutter lock which says "Hey idiot&#33; Pull me&#33;" Luckily I managed to hide that mistake.... I would have been doomed had they found out&#33;

    Then again, it is often that I set a pose up with a model, press the shutter and..........


    NOTHING.....

    DOH&#33; Then I pull the dark slide and recompose. Not exactly sauve looking.

    Or the time I was shooting Polaroids with my Graphic at a Halloween party. Two drinks and I was forgetting to pull the envelope before shooting&#33; Luckily THAT shows up quickly.

    And of course at the same party I somehow managed to load an envelope in while my back was set to "P". I have NO idea how I did this, but I spent the next ten minutes at the sink cleaning the gunk out my back&#33;

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    I&#39;m always firing the shutter with the darkslide in, but I usually figure it out as I realize I&#39;ve just fired the shutter and I don&#39;t have a darkslide to put back in.
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    My usual boner is to forget to close the shutter before pulling the darkslide. DUH&#33;&#33;
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    Of course, there is always the thrill that accompanies turning the white lights on in the darkroom ... and realizing that you are gazing directly into a wide-open paper safe, complete with paper.

    What about wiping out a JOBO tank with a wad of paper towels, loading the exposed paper, processing it, and finding out that you never removed the paper towels...
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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