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Goofy

« on: April 09, 2014, 21:40 »
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I wanted to inject some humor for all of us thus thought of this topic- here is one of mine (sadly a true story)-

While shooting on a small ladder I decided to push my body as far as it could stretch to the object and suddenly I lost my balance and fall off the ladder backwards and down the wall I slide in my studio with a very loud thump. So how I was able to keep my camera in front of me and not break it. My wife came running into the studio to see what in the world had happen to me! I told her what happen and she immediately ask me how many beers did I have before the photo session- sadly, none but I had a few right after that fall to take some of the pain away on my back side  :)



farbled

« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2014, 22:21 »
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I wanted to inject some humor for all of us thus thought of this topic- here is one of mine (sadly a true story)-

While shooting on a small ladder I decided to push my body as far as it could stretch to the object and suddenly I lost my balance and fall off the ladder backwards and down the wall I slide in my studio with a very loud thump. So how I was able to keep my camera in front of me and not break it. My wife came running into the studio to see what in the world had happen to me! I told her what happen and she immediately ask me how many beers did I have before the photo session- sadly, none but I had a few right after that fall to take some of the pain away on my back side  :)

Oooh. Shoots and ladders (get it?)

I bought my very first Nikon DSLR a new wide angle lens ans SB800 and the very next day I was in a class learning on camera flash. I had to climb a ladder to hold a reflector for another student when, to my horror, the strap came off the camera and the whole shebang hit the floor from a few meters up.

Had to buy a whole new body for a gig I had the next day.... :(

On the plus side, I am much better at straps.

« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2014, 06:10 »
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Dumbest, and als most dangerous thing I ever did in the studio :  I was working with candles and incense, and an old incense holder.  I did not want to burn my fingers while putting the little round black charcoals in the burner, so I used pincers, lit the charcoal and tried to put it in the burner.  I'm rather clumsy with pincers, so I dropped the glowing black coal on the floor ... a synthetic BLACK carpet.  No idea how far the ROUND charcoal had rolled through the studio.  Result :  I KNEW there was a burning black coal on my black carpet, but I could not SEE it. Not even with all the lights on. Total panic.  Then I pulled myself together, filled a bucket with water, took the fire extinguisher and waited till I could see smoke or flames starting ...  Suddenly I heard a hissing sound behind me, and yes, the fire had started and I poured the whole bucket on it.  That was the last time I used fire in the studio.

« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2014, 06:19 »
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Opened the back before rewinding the film when working as an assistant one summer more than 20 years ago.

« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014, 07:03 »
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Ouch!  I fell off a ladder once, the bottom rung grasped hold of my foot and twisted it giving me a terribly sprained ankle.  Another time the ladder slipped and I fell down on top of ladder and nearly broke a rib.  Ladders are evil devil spawn!

shudderstok

« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2014, 08:43 »
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for me it was shooting a story for a major travel magazine on the subject of  afternoon tea and tea in general. i had access to one of the top high society places for afternoon tea, but the access was limited to no more than 10 minutes so as to not disturb the guests, and i shot like there was no tomorrow, tons of great stuff. in my moment of glory, i at one point sort of figured out it was one hell of a long roll of film, never ending...
once i figured out i totally screwed up big time and was shooting away with no film, i did actually get a moment to put a roll of film in and managed to cover my ass in the shoot - barely as the good stuff got away, but oh boy did i feel dumb!!!

shudderstok

« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2014, 08:45 »
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BTW i gave all of you dumb asses a big +1 just cause you are dumb!!! we should start a dumb club :)

shudderstok

« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2014, 08:53 »
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BTW i gave all of you dumb asses a big +1 just cause you are dumb!!! we should start a dumb club :)

i am really having a difficult time understanding why i got a rating of -1??? whoever you are, you really need to lighten up and take a good look at yourself and laugh at yourself. i love the fact that this post started by goofy aims to make us all look dumb, and for that matter human. we all screw up whoever you are, get over yourself.

yours sincerely,

dumb shudderstok.

ps - get a life

Goofy

« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 09:19 »
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BTW i gave all of you dumb asses a big +1 just cause you are dumb!!! we should start a dumb club :)

Only if I am appointed King of the Dumb Club  ;D


shudderstok

« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2014, 10:11 »
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BTW i gave all of you dumb asses a big +1 just cause you are dumb!!! we should start a dumb club :)

Only if I am appointed King of the Dumb Club  ;D

did you not read the rules or clauses?

subsection 1 (b) (c) (dumb) nobody can be as dumb as the next for we are all perfect and the best shooters in the world apart from the dumb ones, and that be  you and me apart from the dumb ones.




« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2014, 10:39 »
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Many years ago I packed the car for a shoot, drove off and stopped at some traffic lights. They turned green and as I was turning right all the coloured gels for the flashes fell off the roof! How I laughed stopping the traffic running over them. Managed to to pick them all up and thought it could easily have been camera parts. I still check the roof before a journey!

« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2014, 10:49 »
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Was shooting a hockey team, and this boy of about 8 was in a terrible mood.  I won't let them leave until I get a shot that I would want to buy.  His father was the coach and getting very mad at the kid for his behaviour.  Sometimes I will make reference to their "girlfriend" and they usually say I don't have one and grin (I'm only 8!) but this kid threw his hockey stick at me and left the ice.  Oops!

Later I saw the same family name on a roster so I contacted the coach to see if he wanted to bring both boys.  OMG, different kid that night.  Perfect angel! 

« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2014, 11:51 »
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Way back when I'd been shooting assignments for just a couple of years, I was asked to shoot an article including the cover with the president of a major national TV network at his home. It was a big deal for a local magazine and my editor was there directing some of the shots. I set up my lights while the writer was interviewing him and shot some photos then as well as afterwards.  Everything was being done at once since this man was obviously a very busy person but he and his family were incredibly nice. His wife had been a professional photographer before they had kids. I got some terrific shots of him and his family but when I went home and processed them I realized that instead of setting my ISO to "LOW" (on my old Nikon D70), I'd gone one stop too far so it was set to 1600! Incredibly embarrassing!

The shots for inside the magazine were fine but he was wearing blue and the possibilities for the cover were all way too grainy. I had to call him up and explain the situation. He was terrific about it. We decided I'd get there early one morning and shoot some photos of him outside - no lights - faster. As it turned out, his son had not yet left for school and I got some great shots of them throwing a football around (which they later purchased from me along with some of the original shots) as well a new shot for the cover. As I was leaving he told me he was glad it happened since he got to spend the morning with his son - a rare treat - he was probably just being nice but I was so lucky it worked out so well.


« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2014, 12:37 »
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One or two things:

1) Shooting sliced up kiwi fruit on white
2) Inviting my hot girlfriend along to see what it is I do
    (Hot girlfriend: "Also the dumbest thing I've ever done")
3) Trying to get Flash Harry the cat to pose in a toy car. Dogs will but cats are not so stupid.
4) Waiting for a goldfish to leap from one bowl of water to another
5) Doing a whisky product shot and thinking a couple of quick slurps before I started was a great idea

Goofy

« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2014, 12:41 »
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Okay, I have another one to tell- don't everyone laugh at me after you read this one. 

While at Disney world I decided to bring my camera into the water ride (inflated inter-tubes) to get that ultimate shot- well, as you can probably guess someone from behind me hit me hard and flipped my inflatable inter-tube and off I went into the water! Now I was at the bottom of the man made river and my camera! That it was ruined! Thank God it was only a point and shoot camera and not my high end dSLR! Still very embarrassing... :-\


 

stockphotoeurope

« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2014, 13:32 »
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^Water, water every where - you're not the only one.

I smashed my camera by slipping on a fountain - sorry, a work of art called Appearing Rooms - in front of the Royal Festival Hall back in 2006. There was even a warning sign: "Slippery surfaces" so no one is to blame but me.

However it turned into a blessing in disguise since I decided to replace my smashed point-and-shot with a dSLR and that's when I started doing this job seriously.

See the very last picture from the smashed camera attached.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2014, 13:45 by stockphotoeurope »

« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2014, 00:19 »
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Packing up gear after a wedding and I always take both batteries out and put one in my mouth to hold it while I put the other in it's case. Accidently got the battery turned around and got myself a pretty good shock. Tingly face on the drive home. Lasted close two hours.

stocked

« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2014, 01:05 »
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Shooting from the bike while I was driving, my head and my camera hit the tarmac hard.

« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2014, 23:09 »
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While I was filming a music video, I noticed that one of my quick release plates was kind of strange. I tightened the screw and thought nothing of it. When I came back in from a cigarette break (I don't smoke any more!) a bit later in the shoot, everyone in the room was really quiet and looking at me with fear in their eyes. Turns out the quick release failed and my 5DII fell off the tripod from about 6 feet. The body was fine, but the lens had to be sent in for repair.

Even funnier was the time that my wife and I took a few friends up into the Adirondack mountains to picnic and take photos along the Moose River. I dropped something small and cheap (I can't remember what) and my buddy was on a rock trying to reach it. I asked him to give me his camera which was on a neck-strap. He declined. I asked him to hold onto my arm for support. He declined. He fell into the river with his D40x. It wouldn't have been funny except he looked like a cat in a bathtub. The look of pure panic on his face just set me off. We both look back and laugh now because that was the incident that made him buy his first t2i and now he makes a living as a video producer.

« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2014, 23:16 »
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Stuck a hot light against an expensive coffee table during an architectural shoot. Sniff sniff sniff, hmmmm smells like something is burning says the interior designer.

« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2014, 00:06 »
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I have done plenty of dumb things but this is the funniest. While doing a fashion shoot with a pretty model, I was surprised to see all my strobes trigger without me tripping the shutter. Seeing my bewildered face the model pointed to the floor of the open door behind me. My four year old grandson had sneaked into the studio with a clunky old point and shoot that I let him use. He was laying on the floor behind me and took his own picture. His flash triggered the studio lights.

« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2014, 09:22 »
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Walking backwards to frame a scene until I staggered as my calves hit something hard .... then turning round and looking down the open well-shaft that I had nearly fallen backwards into.

A similar incident was taking a photo of my wife in a Greek ravine, shuffling to and fro to get the best angle, taking the shot, doing an about turn and as I tried to step foreward I pivoted over a spike of rock that made a hole in my shinbone that is there to this day (I landed with all my weight on my ME Super, which survived and still works today, give or take a door seal).

I had one even dumber, life-threatening experience which was so embarrassingly stupid that I won't even admit to it here. Suffice it to say that it could have put me in line for a Darwin Award.

« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2014, 09:30 »
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for me it was shooting a story for a major travel magazine on the subject of  afternoon tea and tea in general. i had access to one of the top high society places for afternoon tea, but the access was limited to no more than 10 minutes so as to not disturb the guests, and i shot like there was no tomorrow, tons of great stuff. in my moment of glory, i at one point sort of figured out it was one hell of a long roll of film, never ending...
once i figured out i totally screwed up big time and was shooting away with no film, i did actually get a moment to put a roll of film in and managed to cover my ass in the shoot - barely as the good stuff got away, but oh boy did i feel dumb!!!

A photographer on a newspaper I ran came in from a job one day, went into the darkroom and came out red-faced to admit he had forgotten to load the camera.
He was a damned good photographer anyway (totally out of my class) and went on to become a major TV film cameraman and director (most people here have probable seen some of his work).  Making a mistake doesn't mean you are stupid.

« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2014, 10:17 »
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Driving for an hour to a friend's house to photograph their dog on white background and realizing my white background is back at home. Solution: stop at nearest Wallmart and get the cheapest white shower curtain. It worked:) The dog was pretty wild though and nipped my daughter...

« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2014, 11:18 »
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I had one even dumber, life-threatening experience which was so embarrassingly stupid that I won't even admit to it here. Suffice it to say that it could have put me in line for a Darwin Award.

oh please please please tell us????;D


 

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