David, I can relate...
I wanted to do a family shot in front of local lighthouse near my vacation/holiday spot in north carolina, until I realized that the cheapy WalMart tripod that I brought with me requires these quick release adapter thingys that attach to the bottom of the camera...which I conveniently left at the house.
You have no idea the frustration and comedy that followed as I tried to use a handfull of rubber bands in an attempt to secure my 35 to the top of the tripod, while the evening light was dwindling...
I did get a couple of self timer shots off, but they had to be landscape oriented and farther away from the lighthouse than I wanted. I'd rather not go through THAT again...
Not one to learn quickly from my mistakes... I went back to Wal Mart to by a bigger, better cheapy tripod...
It too uses the quick release thingys...
My first venture outside to do some landscape work...grab the tripod, reach into the drawer and grab two of the quick release thingys ('Cause I remembered the beach experience) and head out to my scene. Set up the tripod. Attach quick release thingy to bottom of my TLR. Go to attach unit to tripod...and discover that the bigger, better cheapy tripod uses biggger, better quick release thingys...and I grabbed the ones for the smaller cheapy tripod...AAAARRRRGGH!!!!
So, I practiced my 1/30 sec hand held techniques that day...
Just did the samething again! This time it didn't catch at all. 38-39 shots on one frame.
Originally Posted by rogueish
got up extra early loaded the film and headed out. Got to the park, it doesn't open untill 9:00am. So I walk around the entrance a bit, get a nice shot of the dew sparkling in the early morning sun beside the old cedar rail fence. Pay the $4 for parking. Walk all over the park (once it opened) and take (IMHO) some seriously excellent shots (go ahead, prove me wrong ) Look at the counter and it's on 34. I usually get one extra shot off a roll. When the winder didn't stop after shot 37, I knew something was up. Fire off 2 more real quick, still not stopping . By this time the clouds are moving in pretty heavily, and I'm starting to feel little drops of rain.
So I have a roll of HIE re-loaded into my camera, just waiting for improved weather conditions.
Bought a minty Autocord so decided to load up a roll and go and test it. Spent a couple of hours and a few rolls on this idyllic venture. Developed the film and my stomach sank. Everything was way out of focus on every roll from the Autocord yet the ones from my Rolleicord were spot on. I then spent a couple of hours inspecting the camera but could'nt see anything visibly wrong, I even taped a piece of ground glass to the back to check the focussing but still stumped. After deciding to put the camera away and drink vast quantities of Pinot Grichot I happened to look at the UV filter when putting it back on. Whilst they look the same a #2 closeup filter doesn't quite work the same as a UV!
Almost as bad as the wedding shoot (I don't like doing them but this was for "friends") when the bride and groom sat there beaming at me whilst signing the register and my smile of encouragement turned to one of rictus as the batteries died on the camera before I could get a shot. This wasn't helped by the best man muttering "what a load of bollocks" behind me.
Oh and the boring V8 race were nothing happened until my camera jammed and then there was a multiple pile up right in front of me.
I broke my in two places once trying to save my Hassleblad from crashing to the ground, saved the Hassy.
I unleashed my tripod and one leg came of, bounced on the rubber end thing straight through the narrowest little opening in a bridge into the donau.
Poured Chateau neuf du pape all over my leica m3 + 50mm summilux at the end of an enervating evening in a restaurant thinking it was my glas.
Had at least 20 gallons of beer and other not yet defined liquid substances poured over me and my M3 whilst trying to capture the atmosphere a punk concert back '75
Again my m3, whilst holding it on the end part of the strap the camera was about 6 inched from ground level happily dangling there when all of a sudden the leash of a german sheppard dog got tangled, I pulled, the dog froze, I pulled again now only harder the dog got angry, tore off at great speed dangling my M3 along the way. The lens died the camera still lives upon the day of today... bit bumped bent and schratched, but this adds to the character...
Whilst tee-ing at golf in a friendly match with some collegues I hit the ball obviously, but in my after swing struck my mates Canon T90 out of his hands blowing to smithereens, as was also the case with his hand.
.... and these things are only camera related.... thank go this is not a DIY forum hehehehehe
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I did a boneheaded thing last week. I fired off the shutter without pulling the darkslide. However, at the time, I couldn't recall whether I had pulled the darkslide and just put it back in incorrectly or had just not pulled it out at all. I developed it the other day and it turned out that I hadn't pulled it. I had gotten in a hurry trying to get the shot. Oops!
Tried close ups with my 5x4 for the first time ... worked out a bellows factor of 6, so I increased the exposure by 6 stops. Some seriously over-exposed film here. :rolleyes:
That tops mine...first LF shot of my life...set up tripod, selected image (River scene), took readings...set shutter, re-took readings, left shutter set, focused, refocused...took a deep breath and fired...
Originally Posted by colrehogan
Forgot to pull the dark slide...duh! Pulled the slide took the shot, all was well.
Then, a friend came by the scene and I had to show him my new toy...I had put a new cassette in and taken a shot. Took out the cassette to show him. When I went to reinsert the cassette in to the back, I realized that I had flipped it, once, or was it twice? Guessed and reloaded and shot...fortunately guessed right (I hadn't marked the cassette sides) phew!
I brain farted this afternoon...
Was shooting some 5X7 at a local park. Made my first exposure, moved to a different location, got everything set, inserted film holder, made next exposure, then saw that I had made the second exposure on the same sheet of film as the first.
I hate when that happens...
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