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Whats your biggest disaster in photography

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Sijohnsen
Hi all, just out of curiosity and as a way of possibly serving as a warning to others I was wondering what the worst thing thats happened to you, camera failure, dropping gear, lost photos etc. My worst was when the mirror on my 5d decided to fall off in the middle of a shoot, a known problem now fixed. So whats you photography disaster and whats are your tips for avoiding one
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Posted: 04/23/2012, 10:36:37 AM
Afagundes
My worst disaster was when my 24-105 broke during a trip to France

I got so annoyed that I went to a FNAC store and bought what they had, a tremendously expensive 24-70

I didnt thought straight, later I realized, even though the lens was very sharp and open up to f2.8, that it was bulky and the lens hood didnt fit in my bag, and finally, that it didnt have image stabilization!

Some days later I managed to trade it for a 24-105 in Paris, probably the most expensive business I ever did

My advice is, dont do anything on the heat of the moment, during my trip I had a 17-40 and a 70-300, so I could manage to take my photos mostly with them, the old 24-105 was still working, erratically, but with some patience I could take the pictures, and if I could wait more three days I would be able to exchange it for a new one in Paris, much cheaper.
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 04/23/2012, 11:43:08 AM
Igordabari
Once I was going to shoot a firework in Moscow. I had done this once and had took a lesson. So, I had had a serios preparation thinking on point of shoot, exposure, tripod and all the things of the sort taking into account all possible circumstances.

I was completely ready to shoot it.

But when the event started I discovered that my memory card was not inside my camera but at home...

I was ready to kill myself, really.
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
Edited: 04/23/2012, 12:31:26 PM
Sijohnsen
Reminds me of the wedding photographer who was quite happily snapping away with no film in his camera lol
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Posted: 04/24/2012, 10:19:16 AM
Igordabari

Originally posted by Sijohnsen:
Quoted Message: Reminds me of the wedding photographer who was quite happily snapping away with no film in his camera lol


Yes, something like this... :)
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
Posted: 04/24/2012, 10:39:00 AM
Lauriey
I forgot my camera (and the whole camera bag) when going to a shoot. Brought my lighting and everything else, but no camera... had to apologize and head back home to get it, at least everyone was understanding.
D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 50mm 1.4, 105mm Macro
Posted: 04/24/2012, 12:13:50 PM
Sijohnsen
well I think forgetting the camera beats forgetting the memory card
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Posted: 04/24/2012, 13:53:24 PM
Afagundes
Well, in the end it doesnt make much of a difference,...
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 04/24/2012, 14:07:55 PM
Igordabari

Originally posted by Sijohnsen:
Quoted Message: well I think forgetting the camera beats forgetting the memory card


Result is the same, be agree :)
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
Posted: 04/24/2012, 16:06:41 PM
Sijohnsen
True both end up with the same result.
After a few weeks it looks like we are all either really lucky, really careful or too embarrassed to own up to silly mistakes.
Or maybe theres not many reading this
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Posted: 05/08/2012, 14:58:41 PM
Elifranssens
I read this post a while ago and being just a little bit supersticious I wished at the time I hadn't...

Today I had to bring in my Canon 24mm-105mm L lens, estimated repair costs 180 euro.

Please, please, refrain from writing this kind of posts in the future. Or write in the title: "BE AWARE: NOT FOR SUPERSTICIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS".

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Posted: 05/17/2012, 04:58:17 AM
Fultonsphoto
True story...For those that have taken photos of lions or other wild animals this may make more sense. I was out taking photos at a game reserve on an open land-rover, as it was a private reserve we were able to get really close to the animals. I was using a 500mm lens and had zoomed out to fill the frame with a male lion. The lion was very aggressive and at one point it decided to mock charge our vehicle. Through being fully zoomed out to the lion, the charge caught me off guard and seemed much closer than it really was, I felt like the lion was right on top of me and I had little time to react. Needless to say, I got such a fright I fell backwards off my seat onto the floor of the vehicle with camera and gear on top of me and a terrified look on my face. The other people in the vehicle were more intrigued by my upside down pose than the lions mock charge and my face turned from terror to extreme embarrassment and theirs from amazement to hysterical laughter once I told them why I was on the floor of the vehicle. Anyhow, luckily the only thing damaged was my ego and a bruised bottom, the camera etc remained unharmed...Silly lion!!!
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Posted: 05/17/2012, 05:11:59 AM
Karenfoleyphotography
Mines not one event, but a series of little ones.

I go to photograph a kite expo, thunderstorm.
I go to photograph a hot air balloon launch, too much wind.
I go to photograph the cityscape of Philadelphia, rained for 3 days.
I go to the arctic circle, the most spectacular aurora borealis occurs THE NIGHT BEFORE I arrive.

Moral of the story, if you're planning an outdoor event, DO NOT invite me to photograph it!
Posted: 05/17/2012, 06:04:51 AM
Igordabari

Originally posted by Karenfoleyphotography:
Quoted Message: I go to the arctic circle, the most spectacular aurora borealis occurs THE NIGHT BEFORE I arrive.


Try to change plans SUDDENLY. E.g., in a couple of days before your trip change tickets just for TODAY. One says, it helps sometimes... :)
7d + lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 100mm/2.8 USM Mac...
Posted: 05/18/2012, 00:51:24 AM
Karenfoleyphotography

Originally posted by Igordabari:
Quoted Message: Try to change plans SUDDENLY. E.g., in a couple of days before your trip change tickets just for TODAY. One says, it helps sometimes... :)


What a great idea! ;-)
Posted: 05/18/2012, 09:27:37 AM
Dandamanwasch
Can't keep up with you guys, but i once forgot to put my battery back into the camera and went to a shoot. It felt totally ashamed :/
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Posted: 07/03/2012, 13:53:46 PM
Mcrowfoot
Dandamanwasch, you beat me to it! :) I've left my battery in the charger at home before. Took a few moments to figure out why my camera was light and not working! Embarrassing!
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Posted: 07/04/2012, 01:49:02 AM
Dandamanwasch

Originally posted by Mcrowfoot:
Quoted Message: Dandamanwasch, you beat me to it! :) I`ve left my battery in the charger at home before. Took a few moments to figure out why my camera was light and not working! Embarrassing!


Haha, I'm sure it has happened to many people before. Once i also forgot the memory card, but luckily i always have a spare one in my Wallet :)
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Posted: 07/04/2012, 07:22:47 AM
Sukukia
Bought a new memory card, one with high speed, didn't really test it out, rushed to a wedding event and shoot, camera keep reporting card error XD lost quite a alot of photos...few days later nikon released a new firmware and got it fixed =.= and at the same night(the wedding night), my camera focusing was seriously way off, people's faces were blur and I felt so sad T___T cos it's my friend's wedding, he hired me and he is a photographer himself....he will for sure notice the flaws...XD
Posted: 07/26/2012, 21:48:00 PM
Jormonago
A rock under my tripod shifted, sending all my equipment crashing. Camera was obviously broken and needed repair.
Canon 40D
Posted: 05/06/2013, 13:49:46 PM
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