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Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: jeffblaylock on July 21, 2006, 12:04:01 AM
In this thread (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=1100.0&start=15), the esteemed RichardM suggested, tongue-in-cheek no doubt, that we start a Bad Picture thread.

If you're wearing those 3-D goggles they handed out at the drive-in, you might see a deer munching on vegetation along the Lost Mine Trail.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/baddeerpic.jpg)

Badly composed, hopelessly out of focus, and on the wrong white balance setting -- not even the mighty Photoshop can save this wretched shot.

Alright Benders, let's see some of your wastes of perfectly good film/digital media storage.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 21, 2006, 12:32:02 AM
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
Alright Benders, let's see some of your wastes of perfectly good film/digital media storage.


Well, I really hate to have to admit and show this but.....

This is what happens in a dark closet on a moonless night when the lens cap is left on and the flash fails to fire.

(http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h128/chilicotal/badphoto.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: chisos_muse on July 21, 2006, 07:43:47 AM
Although Presidio's pic is the piece de resistance :roll: .....here's a fine example of what holding one's hand over the camera to block the sun can do!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/BIBE5-06051.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 08:37:32 AM
...and always try to keep the horizon level in the frame.
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/apache_oops.jpg)

Actually, this is what happens when your Dad hits the shutter release button instead of the Off button.  I've got a lot worse at home, but I'd have to dig them up.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 08:42:11 AM
How about shooting directly into the setting sun with a 1 megapixel camcorder?
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g39/susangm/45th/45th016.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 08:59:50 AM
Quote from: chisos_muse
Although Presidio's pic is the piece de resistance :roll: .....here's a fine example of what holding one's hand over the camera to block the sun can do!
I took about a dozen of those types last November.  Some I was able to crop and salvage something, others were toast.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: bdann on July 21, 2006, 09:10:20 AM
RGV sunset gone wrong:

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j131/bdann/crap.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Casa Grande on July 21, 2006, 09:40:05 AM
what a great thread.....but, unfortunately, I don't have any..... :lol:

of course, I have some! I usually delete them, but I'm sure I'll find a couple hundred laying around on my harddrive.....
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 09:42:03 AM
Quote from: "David Locke"
what a great thread.....but, unfortunately, I don't have any..... :lol:

of course, I have some! I usually delete them, but I'm sure I'll find a couple hundred laying around on my harddrive.....

C'mon Dave!  Show us that bear!
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: BigBendHiker on July 21, 2006, 09:48:40 AM
This could lead to a new show called "Cameras Gone Wild" or "Cameras Behaving Badly":D

I must report that I have some to add...will post them when I get home this evening!


BBH
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Casa Grande on July 21, 2006, 09:52:33 AM
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "David Locke"
what a great thread.....but, unfortunately, I don't have any..... :lol:

of course, I have some! I usually delete them, but I'm sure I'll find a couple hundred laying around on my harddrive.....

C'mon Dave!  Show us that bear!


So what the hell is this?

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/bear-sighting.jpg)

Eureka!  It's the famous bear sighting at Boot Spring!
As you can clearly see, this 4-5 foot high beast lumbered across the trail and into the trees.......I think I'll submit it to national geographic.

I'll give you something for free if you can figure out where it's at (hint: I don't even know)

She was staring at us next to the tree in the middle for ages.....it seems
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 10:29:41 AM
Quote from: "David Locke"
Eureka!  It's the famous bear sighting at Boot Spring!
As you can clearly see, this 4-5 foot high beast lumbered across the trail and into the trees.......I think I'll submit it to national geographic.

I'll give you something for free if you can figure out where it's at (hint: I don't even know)

She was staring at us next to the tree in the middle for ages.....it seems

I'm gonna go with the blob on the right.  The one in the middle looks more like Bigfoot.
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/bear-sighting-guess.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Casa Grande on July 21, 2006, 10:36:13 AM
lol...yeah, i thought that looked like bigfoot as well, but neither are anything but trees.....i don't know....if anything, it would be behind the trees to the right of the tree in the middle, as that's where she was heading after she starred us down.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Bobcat on July 21, 2006, 12:38:08 PM
(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a211/sprem/timerMedium.jpg)
This is what happens when you get careless. I was up on the South Rim when I happened upon a mountain lion and a black bear in a fight to the death over a three-legged deer. I positioned myself at the edge of the Rim, anticipating that the combatants would fall off.  Well, sure enough, that's exactly what happened.  I took the shot, but didn't hear the shutter release.  Then I realised that on the prior shot of an agave, I used the 10 second timer and failed to return the shutter to instant release.  Oh well. Hopefully that wont happen again.  I didn't think this incident was interesting enough to put in my trip report.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Roy on July 21, 2006, 10:11:13 PM
Then there's my favorite category;  WTF was I thinking?  This category has increased enormously because of digital cameras;  I'd never have tried this with film because of the cost.  I shot 10 frames of this thing trying to get what I wanted.

Anyone want to guess?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/stexan/PICT0023.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 10:20:37 PM
Quote from: "Roy"
Anyone want to guess?

Well, I can tell it's a windmill, but I have no clue what you were thinking. :)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 10:27:11 PM
Always make sure nobody is about to walk into the frame, especially when it's the first decent photo op during your daughter's first Easter Egg Hunt.  It was a complete madhouse with kids running everywhere followed by parents with camcorders and cameras.  All shots prior to this one had Jennifer moving away from me.  I finally gave up trying to follow and keep up and found a safe spot off to the side.  Zoomed in for a great shot of Jennifer with a big smile on her face and got some random people walking by.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 10:38:22 PM
Always try to keep all subjects centered in the frame.

My wife gets credit for these (and about another dozen or so just like them) while shooting some shots for a Christmas card in 2004.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 21, 2006, 10:55:25 PM
From our Bryce/Zion/GrandCanyon trip a few years back.  Make sure you have the camera strap secured when it's windy, lest it make its way into the frame.
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g39/susangm/BryceZionGrandCanyon/zion_arch_oops.jpg)


And a bit of marital advice:  Don't try to make your wife go on a hike late in the day when she's cranky and worried that it might get dark before we get back lest she flip you off just as you snap the picture.
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g39/susangm/BryceZionGrandCanyon/gc_unclejim1.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 21, 2006, 10:58:56 PM
Quote from: "Roy"
WTF was I thinking?  Anyone want to guess?


HTF should I know :)

However, it IS a windmill, an Aermotor to be specific. It was either taken at night with a full moon or is a seriously underexposed mid-afternoon view of the sun through the blades.

You took it, like we all do, because it seemed to be the thing to do at the time!

If you list this on eBay as a framed print, somebody will pay you for it as it is so artsy. They will pay you more if you devise a catchy title that hints at mysticism and the Santa Fe fakes will fall all over themselves bidding on it.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 21, 2006, 11:01:28 PM
Quote from: "RichardM"
And a bit of marital advice:  Don't try to make your wife go on a hike late in the day when she's cranky and worried that it might get dark before we get back lest she flip you off just as you snap the picture.


Ah, wedded bliss. Surely, it was a loving flip off.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: chisos_muse on July 21, 2006, 11:15:47 PM
Hey Richard, what are those tall, green things behind your flippin' wife? :roll:
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Roy on July 22, 2006, 08:10:20 AM
Quote from: "presidio"
Quote from: "Roy"
WTF was I thinking?  Anyone want to guess?


HTF should I know :)

However, it IS a windmill, an Aermotor to be specific. It was either taken at night with a full moon or is a seriously underexposed mid-afternoon view of the sun through the blades.

You took it, like we all do, because it seemed to be the thing to do at the time!

If you list this on eBay as a framed print, somebody will pay you for it as it is so artsy. They will pay you more if you devise a catchy title that hints at mysticism and the Santa Fe fakes will fall all over themselves bidding on it.


You got it.  Taken at BB Motor Inn.  Full moon rising behind the windmill.  If I could have gotten the surface features on the moon to show, I probably could've sold it.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 22, 2006, 10:08:14 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Hey Richard, what are those tall, green things behind your flippin' wife? :roll:

Those would be trees.  Lots of them.  That's on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at the start of the Uncle Jim Trail.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Bobcat on July 24, 2006, 07:50:24 AM
This is what happens when you don't know what happened.  The Chisos Mountains haven't had a new entity for some time now, so I'm taking the liberty of adding Red Mountain.
  (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a211/sprem/pm3.jpg)

This next one was on the same roll.  Probably a new kind of slug or a controlled fire in the Bend.
  (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a211/sprem/pm2.jpg)

This last one(same roll) I like the best because of its simplicity and lack of pretention(I don't even know what I just said).  I'm calling it Black, Red and White.  I was going to call it White, Red and Black, but I think most people work it from the bottom to the top.
  (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a211/sprem/pm1.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 24, 2006, 10:40:52 AM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
This is what happens when you don't know what happened.

This next one was on the same roll.  Probably a new kind of slug or a controlled fire in the Bend.

 

The Center for Paranormal Studies could obviously use these as proof of something.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: 10ftTall&BulletPrf on July 24, 2006, 10:58:26 AM
I fear that the wonder that is "The Bad Photo" will one day be lost due to the advent of the digital camera.

I hope we never lose this fine art form.

Photos of my shoes because the camera went off as I was walking over to take a picture or photos of my big eye as I was looking into the lens to see what was wrong...these little slices of life are in jeopardy of being lost forever.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 24, 2006, 11:06:01 AM
Quote from: "10ftTall&BulletPrf"
I fear that the wonder that is "The Bad Photo" will one day be lost due to the advent of the digital camera.

these little slices of life are in jeopardy of being lost forever.


It just takes discipline to not hit the delete button. It really isn't any different than not throwing out the print or transparency that fails to measure up. Of course, when you ran out of film you had what you had;  there was no reverse gear. When the memory card fills up there is an undeniable tendency to delete stuff.
Title: I Think...
Post by: SHANEA on July 24, 2006, 12:11:32 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Although Presidio's pic is the piece de resistance :roll: .....here's a fine example of what holding one's hand over the camera to block the sun can do!

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/BIBE5-06051.jpg)


I think I recognize that person, but don't remember where the photo was shot at.

I have this habit of deleting bad shots, burrying my mistakes.  It's the great thing of the digital world.   I did get a great new camera for this most recent adventure to BIBE.  Olympus SP-500UZ 6.0mgpixel.  Couldn't resist.  It was on sale and had extensively used one at my former employers.  Has more bells and whistles than I will never know what to do with, but also has this outstanding feature of the "scene" mode where you select from xyz # of scenes and it figures everything out automagically - portrait, landscape, fireworks, sunset, snow, beach, indoor, etc.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Casa Grande on July 24, 2006, 01:31:07 PM
Quote from: "presidio"

It just takes discipline to not hit the delete button. It really isn't any different than not throwing out the print or transparency that fails to measure up. Of course, when you ran out of film you had what you had;  there was no reverse gear. When the memory card fills up there is an undeniable tendency to delete stuff.


yes, you are correct sir....but, with 6mb + per pic, I can't afford not to!
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: homerboy2u on July 24, 2006, 04:45:36 PM
What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive. Now go and
figure that out  #-o
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 24, 2006, 05:00:18 PM
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive.


Actually, despite my other posts on the topic, I brutally edit my photos and get rid of stuff that doesn't measure up. The only time I hang onto a bad image is if it contains a view no other photo does. That usually means a photo of someone rather than something. Plus, absent blurring and some other technical errors that are not fixable, some digitals can be salvaged from over/under exposure and the like.

The secret to becoming known as a 'great' photographer is to never let anyone seen anything but your best shots. Contemplate how many photos David Muench takes that never see the light of day while you are admiring the fabulous one he published.

Getting rid of marginal pictures, even ones that may be technically okay, but not outstanding, is one of the hardest things you have to learn to do as you develop your style and portfolio. Of the considerable images I've discarded over the years, I can only think of maybe 5 that I wished I'd have kept (they had the above-mentioned unique view).

I use a two step process. The stuff that is truly junk goes immediately. Marginal ones stew for a while; some survive, most do not, none of them are ever seen again outside the immediate family.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 24, 2006, 05:06:53 PM
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
What doesn?t stop to amaze me, is thae fact that you guys don?t delete bad pics, and you still keep them in your hard drive. Now go and figure that out  #-o

I'll delete obviously bad pics (unless they're bad in an interesting way) from my camera almost immediately.  Once they're uploaded to the PC, I don't bother deleting because I have an 80 gigabyte hard drive with over 50 gigs available.  :)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: jeffblaylock on July 24, 2006, 06:48:43 PM
When shooting wildlife, focus is more important to achieve than composition. If you think the autofocus will fail, know exactly where the locking switch is, throw it off, focus immediately, and fire. Otherwise, your subject -- a coyote here -- will not wait for you.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/coyote.jpg)

When shooting a silhouetted foreground object together with a distant one, also a silhouette, make sure you use an F-stop which will provide more -- not less -- depth of field.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/windowblur.jpg)

When using a tripod for a self-timed pic, make sure all three legs are properly tightened, lest the weight of the camera cause it to slowly fall backward over its self-timer period, and, sadly, the immediate few seconds thereafter, when it will crash to the ground.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/southrimoops.jpg)

In general, it is not wise to shoot flowers from straight overhead, especially on a non-macro setting against a busy background.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/penstemoan.jpg)

If you wait until the peregrin is about a football field away from you, as opposed to directly overhead, chances are, your composition will suck.

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/falconbyebye.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Casa Grande on July 24, 2006, 07:31:39 PM
Quote from: "presidio"

The secret to becoming known as a 'great' photographer is to never let anyone seen anything but your best shots.

i believe Ansel Adams' ratio was 220 to every one  seen by someone outside the darkroom.  And to say he was a "stickler" for detail would be an understatement.  He actually would make interns in the darkroom cry (grown men)   :cry:

(http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0312/images/newman/8.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Bobcat on July 25, 2006, 04:25:37 PM
Jeff. I took the liberty to crop your peregrine falcon pic to make it a fantastic nature shot, but what I came up with is a UFO.  And that UFO is probably from a place beyond Earth!  You should contact the proper authorities about this!



(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a211/sprem/cfalc.jpg)
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 25, 2006, 10:37:12 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
what I came up with is a UFO.


That has a remarkable resemblance to someone pressing too hard on the backside of a laptop LCD screen.
Title: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: jeffblaylock on July 26, 2006, 10:40:43 AM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
what I came up with is a UFO


Upon looking more closely, I think it's actually Bigfoot flying Wonder Woman's invisible jet.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 07, 2008, 03:40:56 PM
I figure this thread is overdue to be resurrected.

Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.
(http://i.imgur.com/Hrq4C.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: presidio on July 07, 2008, 04:06:09 PM
Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.
(http://img32.picoodle.com/img/img32/4/7/7/f_IMG0920custm_549c792.jpg)

You mean that isn't a tack-sharp photo of the lovely Houston atmosphere?
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: homerboy2u on July 07, 2008, 05:02:55 PM
That's Brittain !!!
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on July 26, 2009, 10:10:30 PM
I figure this thread is overdue to be resurrected.

Always remember to let your camera acclimate to the ambient conditions. Otherwise, if you just take it from the cool A/C out onto the warm muggy beach you might get a somewhat foggy shot.
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:

Oops, attached picture lost during a move. It looked a lot like the previous one.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Al on July 26, 2009, 11:36:24 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 like eating at places with rice in the salt shaker, typically outdoor BBQ.  Shows the water attraction power of rice!  If it is more hygroscopic than salt that tells you something.

Al
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: dkerr24 on July 27, 2009, 01:12:06 AM
I'm wondering if one of the new waterproof digital cameras like the Canon D10 would have this issue?
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: jeffblaylock on July 27, 2009, 01:40:19 AM
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):

(http://www.jeffblaylock.com/pix/badromo.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: tjavery 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:
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: badknees on July 27, 2009, 09:20:39 AM

Quote

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"
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: dkerr24 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.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: dkerr24 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.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM 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.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Al 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.

Al
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: iCe 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...

(http://wildlightimagingstudio.com/img/v1/p914865027-3.jpg)

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...
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: dkerr24 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).
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: iCe 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:
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM 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...
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/rgm/PedernalesFalls09/lizard_oops.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM 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:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v520/rgm/EnchantedRock09/five_year_old_pic.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Voni 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!

Voni
  sMiling
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM 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...
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Terlingua50337 on March 07, 2010, 08:07:20 AM
RichardM, if the genre for pic 4888 was Minimalism you nailed it!
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: dkerr24 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.

Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: MilesOfTexas on March 07, 2010, 11:39:56 AM
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:

Perhaps she was more interested in the landscape!  :rolling:
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: MilesOfTexas on March 07, 2010, 11:58:48 AM
Sorta like this macro shot where the blooms six feet away are in focus but the featured blooms are hopelessly blurry (and overexposed):

Well, I don't think this image was overexposed.  The flowers have some 'hot spots' because of direct sunlight on them.  A polarizer (depending on the angle of the sunlight) could have helped in preventing that.  Another trick is to use some white parachute material behind you (the sun light appears to be coming from behind you) to diffuse the direct light, without casting a harsh shadow.  The problem with flowers is that they reflect light almost as bad as a piece of shiny metal.  If I don't have a way to diffuse direct light, I try to pick times when the light isn't so direct.

To add to an off shot, here is a shot of a flower I took, but the DoF was way too shallow.  I was shooting it with my new camera (5D MarkII) and discovered that f/2.8 on this camera with a full frame differs a lot from my 50D with a APS-C sized sensor.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/mot-2010_02_14_0053.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: trekker314 on April 04, 2010, 02:47:14 PM
This is what happens when you trip and smash the lens.  Oh well another $170 Big Bend camera repair.

Moderator Note: Oops, another lost attachment...
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on March 19, 2011, 06:02:08 PM
I had planned on posting this picture to the flower shots (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-photographs/flower-shots/) topic when I took it this afternoon while hiking in Barton Creek, but I didn't realize the auto-focus decided the leaves in the background were more interesting than the flowers. :icon_rolleyes:

(http://i.imgur.com/7X0y7.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: DerrickB on March 20, 2011, 10:54:26 AM
I hate it when that happens.  :icon_wink:

I had planned on posting this picture to the flower shots (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-photographs/flower-shots/) topic when I took it this afternoon while hiking in Barton Creek, but I didn't realize the auto-focus decided the leaves in the background were more interesting than the flowers. :icon_rolleyes:

(http://i.imgur.com/7X0y7.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on October 30, 2012, 11:21:38 AM
It's been a while since we've added anything to this topic. Here's what can happen when trying to use a P&S camera in bright sun on maximum optical zoom with only an LCD screen for a viewfinder. :loser:

(http://i.imgur.com/zZ5iU.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: kevint on October 30, 2012, 04:22:49 PM
I had no idea this thread existed.  Finally a place on this board that I can truly be active.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on January 24, 2013, 06:48:37 PM
Here's the best my Canon A3300IS could manage in fairly low light with no flash and on maximum optical zoom. Jennifer was outside and came in to tell me there was a hawk in our front yard. I grabbed the camera and snapped a few pictures. It let me walk up to about 10 feet away before it took off. It was the size of your average red-shouldered hawk, but had a speckled chest. Maybe a juvenile? It wasn't light enough for me to get a good view of its tail, and my camera's pics aren't much help. :icon_rolleyes: The preview pics on my camera's viewscreen looked like the pics might be useful, but the full-size images are just about worthless.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/crappy_canon_hawk.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: badknees on January 24, 2013, 10:26:07 PM
This is what I could suck out of the black hole you posted! ;)

I suspect it is a Coopers Hawk (by the shape)

Send me the original file and I might do better.

Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: badknees on January 25, 2013, 05:56:47 PM
I couldn't get much more out, but it is most likely a Copper's Hawk. They are pretty active at dusk, checking out the neighborhood bird feeders for dinner.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on March 21, 2016, 08:25:16 PM
Here's another one that was in the drive-thru at the local Chik Fil-A. Jennifer saw it take down the pigeon/dove and took a picture with her cell phone.

(http://i.imgur.com/9SwGCQJ.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: roadjunkie on April 27, 2017, 07:17:20 PM
My speciality is shooting video but the camera is running when you think it's not so when you hit the button to start it, it's being stopped. 
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: rocketman on April 27, 2017, 07:36:38 PM
I have some great inside-the-pocket snaps from my phone!
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on April 27, 2017, 09:51:03 PM
My speciality is shooting video but the camera is running when you think it's not so when you hit the button to start it, it's being stopped.
At one of my daughter's birthday parties, my step-sister-in-law borrowed my camera and proceeded to take 10 minutes of accidental video.  :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: ds9writer on April 29, 2017, 12:13:13 PM
My speciality is shooting video but the camera is running when you think it's not so when you hit the button to start it, it's being stopped.

My dad did that once when I asked him to video something for me... all the in-between was faithfully recorded, all the "real" action is lost forever  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: ds9writer on May 02, 2017, 04:29:15 PM
I learned you can't shoot a moving fox from a moving vehicle at twilight...

(http://i650.photobucket.com/albums/uu230/ds9writer/Big%20Bend%20Spring%20Break%202015/blurry%20fox.jpg) (http://s650.photobucket.com/user/ds9writer/media/Big%20Bend%20Spring%20Break%202015/blurry%20fox.jpg.html)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: badknees on May 07, 2017, 02:13:53 PM
Marathon Motel Webcam needs a bit of an adjustment today.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Flash on May 07, 2017, 04:34:34 PM
Marathon Motel Webcam needs a bit of an adjustment today.
It seems to have been aimed off away from the motel for some time now, at least since late last year. I wondered, after I saw repairs made to the door latch of the room I was staying in, if the webcam might have been used by someone to case the place. Since then, as a precaution, I do not unload my gear until I am there for the rest of the night.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on May 18, 2017, 04:56:19 PM
When we went out to White Sands N. M. last August my Samsung Note 3 decided to store all of pictures upside down. No biggie, except when I tried a couple of panos.

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/20160806_183310.jpg)

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/20160806_183244.jpg)
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: badknees on May 26, 2017, 12:16:13 PM
Richard,

Did you get this fixed?
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on August 21, 2017, 01:39:12 PM
Richard,

Did you get this fixed?
The bigbendgalley web host was having "issues". CG says he may move it to a new provider soon.

In the meantime, I won't bother cluttering up the Eclipse (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/other-stuff/aug-21-2017-total-eclipse/) topic with my lame attempt at using my Samsung Note 3 and Eclipse viewing glasses to capture a shot of 65% coverage.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on August 21, 2017, 01:56:11 PM
Here's what my friend's Samsung S5 was able to capture.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: SA Bill on August 21, 2017, 03:26:35 PM
San Antonio pinhole eclipse pic. 2024 will be better!
  Bill
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Hang10er on August 21, 2017, 04:10:07 PM
There's one predicted for Oct 2023 that should cross Texas as well as 2024,
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: Jonathan Sadow on October 08, 2017, 01:17:14 AM
There's one predicted for Oct 2023 that should cross Texas as well as 2024,

The October 14, 2023 eclipse is annular, only about 95% total, so you won't get the spectacular sight that you'd get from the total eclipse of April 8, 2024.
Title: Re: When Cameras ATTACK
Post by: RichardM on April 30, 2018, 10:31:10 AM
Another cell phone camera panoramic fail.
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/rgm/SpringBreak2016/oops20160315_161454.jpg)

Shade that lens!!!
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/rgm/SpringBreak2016/oops20160315_154854.jpg)