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When Cameras ATTACK

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Offline tjavery

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #45 on: July 27, 2009, 09:06:38 AM »
Never assume that just because your camera has been outside for an hour or so before you take your first picture that the lens won't be fogged up. :icon_rolleyes:
I was shooting with the LCD turned off, as it was too bright for me to see it anyway. We'll have to wait until next summer's trip to Port Aransas to see if I've finally learned this lesson. :icon_redface:

I was out shooting weekend before last, and I had fogging issues after I'd been outdoors for a while. I was shooting down by the Sabinal River, and I hit what felt like a mass of very moist air. My lens had been okay that morning, but when that bank of moist air hit, the lens fogged up.

I love how this thread keeps coming back. There's something about the universal sucktitude of some photos which everyone, from resident ace TJ to published author lparent to the basest amateur of us, that reminds us how even the great Ansel Adams didn't publish everything.

Sorta like this macro shot where the blooms six feet away are in focus but the featured blooms are hopelessly blurry (and overexposed):

Right :icon_lol: I shoot, on average, about 60 to 70% suckage. I delete it all so that no one ever sees it :icon_lol:

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2009, 09:20:39 AM »

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Right :icon_lol: I shoot, on average, about 60 to 70% suckage. I delete it all so that no one ever sees it :icon_lol:

I shoot about 95% suckage on "money shots"
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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2009, 11:11:01 AM »
I've always liked this thread, too.  Glad you brought it back.  

Good photography skills takes a lot of practice, for sure... but I'm a firm believer in that blind luck has a big part in some of the best pics taken.  Being at the right place at the right time can provide some amazing shots, and some amazingly sucky ones to boot!  

Someone earlier in this thread asked why we keep the sucky shots on our hard drives.  I think I do in part as I think I can photoshop them into money shots.  Guess I'll never learn you can't photoshop good photography.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2009, 11:13:40 AM by dkerr24 »

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #48 on: July 27, 2009, 11:17:19 AM »
Another topic similar to this one, but just as relevant could be:

"Jeez, your cameraphone SUCKS!" or "wtf is that a picture of?"

I can't tell you how many pics my daughter sends me with her crappy cell phone camera, even though she has a nice digital P&S camera.

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #49 on: July 27, 2009, 11:28:20 PM »
Looks like your camera might benefit from being put in a desiccator for a few days.  An Aggie desiccator using a large Ziplock bag and a cup of rice might work wonders.
I shot six pictures in 32 seconds right after pulling it from the bag. About two hours later I shot a bunch more with zero fogging, so it was a short-term issue. And for anyone trying the rice dessicant trick, make sure you use uncooked rice. The instant rice just doesn't work the same (or so I've heard). Same goes for making a microwaveable heating pad using rice in a sock.

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #50 on: July 27, 2009, 11:56:26 PM »
LOL.  Yup, raw rice.  Probably not usually necessary but if one gets caught in the rain and has a moisture problem might help.

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #51 on: August 26, 2009, 09:29:18 AM »
If you don't have a tripod... and you want to take a self portrait of you standing on the edge of Islands in the Sky at Canyonlands NP... don't use a rock...



No cameras were hurt in the creation of this image. I will forever remember the sound of a shiny new EOS 1DsMKii smacking the ground as I walked away though...

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2009, 09:51:08 AM »
That had to be a sickening sound...  I bet it's like the sound when a laptop crashes to a floor (been there, done that).

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #53 on: August 26, 2009, 08:58:58 PM »
That had to be a sickening sound...  I bet it's like the sound when a laptop crashes to a floor (been there, done that).

Yep... It's funny now but not at the time. I use an RRS angle bracket on all of my cameras. That's what saved it. The same camera and I had a mishap not long after I bought it. I had hiked down to a waterfall in Tennessee or Kentucky... or somewhere "over yonder". In an attempt to get "the shot" I started making my way across some moss covered stones to the center of the creek/river. I was tentatively perched in with on foot on one rock and one foot on another. I spotted a gum wrapper. First thought- what kind of moron leaves trash in a place like this? Second thought- I'll just reach over there and pick it up. As I rotated on my left foot and I picked my right foot up to reposition it on another rock so I could reach the gum wrapper. At the exact moment that I put my right foot down, shifting most of my weight to it, I saw that the rock was a gorgeous slimy green color  :icon_eek: Then I saw the sky... then I saw stars (the side of my head smacked into a rock. I heard the camera hit something kind of hard and something clattered into the water. It was the battery. It hit hard enough to eject the battery and it was headed rapidly downstream. Not long after that I continued downstream with it. The bottom of the creek was very slimy (and cold) so it didn't take much to start a high speed plunge downstream. I caught up with my battery, snagged it, and finally got myself stopped. The RRS angle bracket had a dink in it. I dried the battery off, inserted it in the camera, and the camera worked. Whew... Oh... I went back and picked up that @_#(@$# wrapper... I got my bell rung pretty good though...  :eusa_shifty:

I distinctly remember thinking... "if I hit my head wrong I could die down here. I can just see someone coming up... looking at my body... looking at my camera and saying "he ain't gonna need that camera no more" and leaving me there" followed by a quote from The Outlaw Josey Wales- Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms"  :rolling:

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #54 on: September 06, 2009, 08:22:59 PM »
Don't bother trying to zoom in on a subject when it's too bright to see your viewfinder and you can't be sure your subject is still centered...

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #55 on: November 28, 2009, 10:15:26 PM »
Here's what you get when you have my five year old daughter take a picture when it's too bright to see the LCD display and she doesn't quite understand how to look through the optical viewfinder. At least she got part of my hat. :icon_rolleyes:


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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #56 on: November 29, 2009, 09:05:58 AM »
And don't hand your camera to a random stranger to take important pictures.  I rode to Sturgis, SD during Bike Week once for a friend's gallery opening.  Since I was there I rode Main Street with all the other bikes.  I handed my camera to a random stranger who clicked and handed it back. Then at my friend's gallery opening I had a random stranger take a shot of the two of us.  No time to check. 

You guessed it.

No picture on Main Street.

A picture of us with our heads cut off at the gallery!

Oh, well, my mental pictures are much better any way!

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #57 on: March 06, 2010, 11:37:07 PM »
If you're using a point & shoot camera to shoot pictures of your darling daughter at the "Build A Bear Workshop" in the mall, make sure you haven't accidentally rotated the selection wheel to manual mode where the exposure setting is for 15 seconds. My wife managed to take 5 that all came out like this one. :icon_rolleyes: She did finally figure it out and switched back to automatic.

Oops, looks like the attached picture was lost. It was almost completely white, if that helps...
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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #58 on: March 07, 2010, 08:07:20 AM »
RichardM, if the genre for pic 4888 was Minimalism you nailed it!

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Re: When Cameras ATTACK
« Reply #59 on: March 07, 2010, 08:10:54 AM »
I'm always a bit leary of handing my G9 to a stranger to take a shot, even the friendly folks that offer to take my picture.  Just worried they might fumble it, and ouch there goes my $500 camera.

O/T: On my last hike in the Grand Canyon last fall, I came across a group of Australian guys on a hike to the Colorado River.  One of them asked if I could take a group shot of them with his camera.  I obliged.  Next thing I know, almost every one of the group (there were 25 guys) hands me their camera for the same.  I bet I stood there for 15 mins just pressing shutter buttons.


 


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