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Ford 
 

what is the worst thing that has happened to you


I turned off the continuous shooting mode so that my pictures would start off as 1,2,3,4...etc
problem was, when I changed out cards it started over again.
So when I saved them onto the computer the numbers clashed and all I saved was 1 chips worth. Lost the other photos after I formated for the next shoot
Lesson learned


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6/11/2005 5:19:22 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Steven, there are built-in safeguards to prevent overwriting files due to names being the same. If they are the same, put them into a different folder, then do a global rename. This shouldn't happen again.

VR

John


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6/11/2005 6:25:46 AM

 
Ford    turned on the contiuous shooting mode and renumbered with ACDSee, problem solved. You didn't answer the question


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6/11/2005 10:08:49 AM

 
Ford    is it me or is this site kinda of dead? Over the weekend the responses just slowed down. Alot of questions, but no answers. I guess with alot of amatuers you cant expect important info. You would think that the coarse teachers would at least get on BP for an hour to help us out


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6/13/2005 8:32:19 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  There may be a few coarse teachers here, but I think most of them are fine teachers. ;-)

You said John didn't answer the question, I think it was because he didn't notice that the question was in your subject line.

The dialog box asking if you were sure you wanted to overwrite existing files should have been a warning sign. And your problem wasn't really solved if you lost a card or more of your photos.

I've been out of town for a few days. No internet connection at the beach house. Trying to catch up.


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6/13/2005 10:50:21 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  As for your question, do you mean the worst thing in regards to photography, computers, or just life in general?

Be more specific, cause I've got some real multi-tissue sad tales I could tell that have nothing to do with digital photography. Don't get me started. Sniff.


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6/13/2005 10:56:28 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  STEVEN,
THE WORST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME WAS- WE( MY COMPANY) HAD A WEDDING SHOOT- I HAD HIRED A NEW PHOTOGRAPHER THAT I DO THINK IS WONDERFUL. BUT THIS WAS A HUGELY IMPORTANT WEDDING, FOR A COUNTRY CLUB THAT FEATURES MY PHOTOGRAPHY IN IT'S LOBBY.WELL, I THINK THE NEW GUY IS WONDERFUL AND HE SHOWS UP WITH ALL KINDS OF TOYS(FLASHES ETC.) THAT I HAD NOT USED WITH MY CAMERA-" HERE JUST TRY THIS AND THAT YOU'LL LOVE WORKING WITH THIS"
WHAT WAS I THINKING??? I KNEW BETTER!
BUT I GOT ALL CAUGHT UP IN HIS EXCITEMENT AND THE SWEETNESS OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO WANT TO SHARE- NOW , HE'S CHANGING THIS OUT AND THAT- WELL NEEDLESS TO SAY I GOT NOTHIN', THATS RIGHT ALMOST NOTHING CAME OUT! HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW SENSITIVE THE FUJI S2 IS- AND I DIDN'T STICK TO MY RULE!"TRY ANYTHING YOU LIKE,EXPLORE! BUT NOT AT A WEDDING!" STICK TO WHAT WE USE AS DAILY EQUIPMENT. THANK GOD, I HAD THREE CAMERAS ON THIS WEDDING, AND HAD OVER 4000 SHOTS TO COMPLETE MY TASK.
LESSON LEARNED!
THIS CAN BE A FUN GAME AND A GREAT LEARNING TOOL. PLAY GUYS. WE ALL DO BOO BOO'S. SHARE THEM. MINE WAS TRULY A SCREW UP!SO, NOW LETS HAVE 'EM.
STEVENS QUESTION TO YOU IS:
what is the worst thing that has happened to you ?


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6/14/2005 9:18:59 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  AND CHRIS,
DON'T START YOU AND I WOULD NEED TWO POTS OF COFFEE AND A GAL. OF ICE CREAM.
SO WE BETTER STICK TO PHOTOGRAPHY STUFF LOL,LOL
HAVE A GREAT DAY GUYS


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6/14/2005 9:23:11 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Steven, hello again. I'm kind of slow on the uptake at times. I'm starting to catch on now.

Now, you don't really want to know the worst thing that has happened in life; just in photography.

Here's one I'll bet none of you have done. I packed all my gear and headed for a beautiful sunset in a neighboring town about 20 miles away. Got there early so I wouldn't miss a thing. Set up the tripod and attached the camera. Turned it on only to discover my memory card was in the card reader on the desk in my office. I made a mad dash to the nearest Super Walmart to but another; missed the sunset altogether.

Now I have two cards, so this shouldn't happen again. And besides, where I live, we have a sunset every evening.

VR

John


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6/14/2005 11:13:41 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Chris: LOL


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6/14/2005 12:27:37 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  NOW JOHN, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!
I LOVE THAT!! I LEFT FOR A BIG FAMILY REUNION SHOOT ONCE, THANK GOD I ONLY GOT TO THE FREEWAY WHEN GREG CALLED" SO , HOW YA DOIN' ? YOU HAVE EVERYTHING RIGHT" I SAID" OH YEAH ,I CHECKED AND RECHECKED-THANKS FOR YOUR HELP,I'LL BE FINE." "OH YEAH" HE SAID" YOU DON'T NEED THIS CAMERA CASE HERE ON THE COUNTER?" HE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THAT!LOL,LOL
THIS IS FUN - STEVEN I DO HOPE THAT YOU CHECK IN ON YOUR THREAD- TO SEE WE'VE GOT IT NOW- YOU JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER GOOFBALLS OUT THERE-AND THAT WE ALL "SPACE"


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6/14/2005 12:36:44 PM

 
Jennifer Hopper
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/30/2004
  Left the extra TWO sets of batteries for my flash at home one time. Went to change out the batteries and realized there were no others in my bag. Luckily I was changing when the cycle time was just getting a little long--they weren't totally dead. So I casually put them back in the flash and then made lots of small talk with the client between shots, while I waited and waited for the flash to be ready again. Oy. Ii think I should tape batteries to my forehead when I go out, just to make sure camera and flash are good to go.


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6/14/2005 2:36:10 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  ...Heres one:

Has anyone ever tried to use a sound trigger to fire the shutter?
I bought one of these nifty devices a while back and it worked great. The decible level could be set to activate my motor-driven camera with sound...which could be set anywhere from a whisper to a gunshot.

I found that by popping chewing gum in my mouth real loud...(one of my least proud talents), I could fire my camera by remote and get some real cool "action" self-portraits while fishing,...AND, keep both hands free to appear more natural.

The first time I attempted this I had just caught a huge brown trout and wanted to get a shot of me "landing" the fish.
After spending about 20 minutes setting up the camera, remote and sound trigger, and getting the composition just right...I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to bring chewing gum.
I figured,..."That's OK, I'll just yell at the darn thing."

So I removed the fish (still very much alive) from the submerged net bag I had him resting in after the capture and got into position.
...Now, I start "yelling" at the camera,...nothing happens. I yell LOUDER,...still nothing!

I figured the sensitivity on the sound trigger must be set too low so I went over to return the confused (but still healthy) trout to the net bag while I re-adjusted the sensor.

Just then, a noisy truck drove over a nearby rickety bridge and activated the sound trigger.
My camera and motor drive,...which I had set to "continuous", started gobbling film at 3.2 frames a second!
I ran over quickly to turn it off but not before an entire roll of 36 exposures had been consumed...and I had no back-up rolls that day.

I released the fish without getting a single photograph,...then went home to pout. :(


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6/14/2005 4:59:46 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  BOB, I JUST LAUGHED SO HARD-STILL LAUGHIN'.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT.
BY THE WAY WHAT DID IT CAPTURE?, I JUST HAVE TO KNOW-WAS IT YOU TRYING TO STOP THE WHOLE MISIRABLE EVENT? LOL
.....STILL LAUGHIN'.....LOL


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6/14/2005 5:32:29 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  ...You don't want to know!
(I'll bet the guy at the landfill got a good chuckle from the 36 slides I threw out!)


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6/14/2005 6:31:49 PM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2005
  LOL omg Bob you have me in tears here from laughting thats really good one oh my cant stop .
Here is one I went kayaking down charlis Revier so I be able to get waterlilly shot and take my small digital camrea with me did not think of getting water case it was small that I Was able to put it in life jacket pocket for when I m ready well lets me tell What sad day that was for me LOL Soon I start to role hear this noice something droping looked down was gonnnnnnnnn My camrea was not placed all the way down pocket and have falling down :(. Now for sure I just go to gardens to get lilly shots LOL
Have wonderful day everyone !


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6/16/2005 7:12:11 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  Never had a real honeymoon, so when my friend offered to keep the kids so I could meet my husband in New Orleans, I jumped at the chance. Didn't have digital back then so I took my 35mm. Somehow the film didn't get loaded right, and when I got my prints back they were all black. I had a breakdown right there in the store, it was awful. I did end up moving there for a few years so I did get the chance to re-capture some photographs, but it would never be the same.


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6/16/2005 7:47:15 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  AAAWWWW SUSAN,
I AM SO SORRY. BUT I CAN SEE THAT BECAUSE IT USED TO HAPPEN TO ME NOW AND THEN-BUT HEY, YOU GOT A WEEKEND WITH NO KIDS , ALONE WITH YOUR HUSBAND-PROBUBLY COULDN'T PHOTOGRAPH A LOT OF THAT ANYWAY, HEHEHE.;-)
NOW THATS PRICELESS


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6/16/2005 7:58:36 AM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/24/2005
  Hehe, thanks Debby! I can look back now and laugh about it. But I do feel sorry for the person who helped me when I picked up those pictures!


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6/16/2005 8:55:40 AM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  I haven't had any more than a few hiccups by comparison . . .

(a) about a half-dozen frames in the 645 shot under monolights at 1/125th . . . and the X-Sync is 1/60th. Took several weeks to sort out why that happened, and discovered root cause by accident when pulling it out of the bag yet one more time to test it. Its shutter speed dial is on the side of its metered prism. When pulling the 645 out of the bag in which it's stored at just the right angle, the knurling on the dial and bag divider have just enough friction to rotate it. Fortunately, the client was reasonably good about it and it was possible to redo the lost frames although it consumed a Saturday afternoon. Still not a Good Thing. I now check critical shutter speed and lens aperture settings every time I pick up a camera . . . without fail.

(b) After spending an entire Saturday doing urban shooting in a very large city during some excellent weather I had been waiting quite some time to have on a weekend, I got back into my car in the parking garage and proceeded to open the camera back to unload the film. Found myself staring at film across the film gate and spooled up on the take-up side . . . and it took a second or so for what I was looking at to mentally register. Fortunately the film was spooled up tightly enough and the opaque anti-halation layer kept the entire roll from being destroyed. Fortune smiled again. Only lost about the last half-dozen frames, and the weather was nearly identical on Sunday, but had to drive back a considerable distance to reshoot the end of the roll. I now quite religiously check for film in camera by spinning the rewind knob/crank several times before opening a camera back. On the 645, the frame counter shows whether or not there is film in it mid-roll and the wind-on crank spins freely if there isn't . . . or if it's at end of roll and spooled completely on the take-up side.

(c) Got a 35mm roll back with the first half-dozen frames OK, and the next 30 all on frame number 7. This one still baffles me a little and the only thing I can figure out is the leader somehow slipped out of the catch on the take-up side when it was loaded or wound-on to frame #1 . . . and by the time it got to frame #6 there was enough shoved into the take-up side that the pressure plate was lifted sufficiently to allow the sprocket spin whithout pulling any more film through. Lesson learned: check when loading to ensure rewind knob is spinning backwards when winding on, and periodically recheck throughout the roll. The Fates were merciful. The lost frames were not that critical and there was enough on another camera also being used to span the gap.

(d) Not my gaffe, but one related to me by the guy I've done some "hired gun" work for . . . and am I ever thankful it wasn't me! It was verified by another person I ran into later who was there to witness the carnage. Seems very early on in his wedding career he was asked to do some portraiture during the reception . . . more family reunion type stuff of couples and families. To do that he took backdrop with stand for it and set it up with lights along a wall near a corner and next to the table with the wedding cake on it. Someone either tripped over a cord or a light stand leg and one of the lights went over, monolight, umbrella and all . . . with light stand up about 8 feet or so. Fortunately the brollie was not damaged beyond some "do-it-yourself" repair using pliers, and the monolight survived completely unscathed. Reason? The wedding cake sacrificed itself to save the light. It was utterly destroyed to nothing but a pile of crumbs held together with icing in one ugly lump. Supposedly, the baker who made the cake was able to dredge another one out fairly quickly (from another one in progress that was to be used the next day), but it had no resemblance to the original one. He shot photographs of the cake and cake top before the catastrophe, but I've never had the heart to ask him if he delivered them with the rest of the proofs . . . or circular filed them. Likely never will . . . but will always wonder about it.

-- John Lind


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6/17/2005 11:22:01 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Those were good John!
I can relate to your mis-adventures with film. I've suffered through a few of my own:
-Forgetting to re-set the ISO when changing speeds.
-Rewinding too far when trying to change mid-roll and spending (wasting) valuable time with one of those little metal "thingies" trying to get my film leader back out.
-Pushing one of several rolls one stop,..then forgetting to write down which one I had pushed on the cartridge.
-Opening the back before rewinding. (I guess we've all done this at least once.)
-SHOOTING AN ENTIRE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WITH NO FILM IN THE CAMERA!...(I finally figured that something must have been somewhat awry...when my frame counter reached 40.) :(

The list goes on and on but we persevere,...and hopefully become more vigilant and adept at perfecting our craft.


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6/17/2005 2:26:30 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Bob, I can't believe you did such dumb things as that. I thought I was the only one!


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6/17/2005 2:38:06 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  You are not alone Kerry.
(...But I prefer to think of these things as a "learning experience.)


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6/17/2005 4:38:55 PM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  Bob (and Kerry),
Yes, they are learning experiences . . . every one of them . . . albeit a bit painful . . . but one never forgets them.

It is interesting to watch an OT (Old-Timer) seasoned professional handle a manual focus and wind/rewind camera. Those of us who have been through some of these gaffes notice these little things immediately. Watching one pick up and handle one of the Nikon FM's or FE's with AIS lenses adds a few things not seen with a few other brands or lens mounts.

(a) Left hand (usually thumb) always spins the rewind knob to see if there's film in it . . . as soon as it's picked up to do anything with it . . . with a glance at the film frame counter to see how much is left on the roll (if it's loaded).

(b) Glance at film speed, shutter speed and aperture settings.

(c) Lens mounting is a ritual on the Nikon's with AIS lenses . . . and OT's have a very hard time breaking themselves of this . . . spinning the aperture ring from wide open to narrowest aperture, and then back to some intermediate f-stop . . . to ensure the fork on the lens has picked up the metering biasing pin just under the prism. Also a ritual found among those (like me) who have Mamiya M645's with metered prisms. Many of its details like the fork and pin are designed like a medium format version of a Nikon "F" with AIS lenses. Even the Mamiya Sekor 50mm f/4 shift lens is mechanically nearly identical to a Nikkor AIS shift lens.

All this occurs automatically, almost with the OT not even thinking about it consciously . . . the OT can carry on a conversation while doing all this.

Also evidence that some of the lessons cited were learned by the OT the hard way! ;-)

-- John Lind


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6/17/2005 5:29:33 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  This is so true John.
I've often found myself performing those and similar tests unconsciously while assembling gear and thinking about composition.
(Call it lessons learned.)


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6/17/2005 5:45:13 PM

 
Ford    second worst thing, forgot my 2 GiG card


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6/19/2005 4:58:02 AM

 
Pat Wimpee   I'm always screwing up something! The other day I was experimenting with batching in photo shop and thought I had it figured out, so I ran a batch on proof shots so I could upload them to the website. UNFORTUNATELY, I saved the batch to the same file so all my proofs were now rewritten to 72 resolution and a 2x3 size. Talk about sick!!! It took me a few minutes to remember I had backed the whole shoot up to disk so I could at least start over. Learned my lesson though.


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9/18/2005 8:40:16 AM

 
Stephanie M. Stevens   I once spent a week working on my catalog in an image managent program only to accidently save over it with a blank catalog. That one made me cry.


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9/24/2005 7:06:24 PM

 
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