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    Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Just had a dandy myself. Down at the beach around sunset with my tripod and MF kit all set up just far enough (I thought) from the water. Looking thru the viewfinder I see the foam of the last breaking wave coming at me fast. Stand up quick, lift the tripod/camera and start back-pedaling fast. Must have backed into a sand mound and fall flat on my back... tripod and camera held high... while the wave washes over me. There were a bunch of folks watching the "professional guy with the tripod and big camera" who, I am absolutely sure, were laughing on the inside. Slunk off the beach (with my tail between my legs) soaking wet... but at least the camera stayed dry

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    David,

    Glad you saved the gear -- it takes longer to get repaired than your pride. Normally I wouldn't laugh at this happening to anybody, but then I know you personally, so...

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    Jack,
    You'll appreciate the irony of having this happen after all that talk about the S2 and weather sealing. I think I'm the one that needs the sealing, not the camera

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    I slipped going down a muddy embankment going into Avalanche Creek (Glacier National Park) a couple years ago. I was still using 35mm as my primary capture and while slipping and sliding down into the icy water I landed on my backside with a huge rock right between my legs at a critical junction all the while managing to keep the camera held above my head as the very cold waters swirled around me. I managed to get back out soak and wet however I did save the gear.

    So David been there done that and have the t-shirt! Sandy just reminded me she has it on film!

    Okay Jack fuss up


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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    David,

    Glad you saved the gear -- it takes longer to get repaired than your pride. Normally I wouldn't laugh at this happening to anybody, but then I know you personally, so...

    I can just see it Jack. I would be rolling in the sand laughing my *** off.

    David maybe you should get one of those weather sealed thingy's.

    Running out to send you those heavy duty garbage industrial strength water sealed highly designed fully functional fit everything in it trash bags. Cost 3.26 with tax

    Too funny and made up for my stupidity and 350 dollar later dumb *** mistake. Long story and I would just spit blood if I told it. Is it too early to start drinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Too funny and made up for my stupidity and 350 dollar later dumb *** mistake. Long story and I would just spit blood if I told it. Is it too early to start drinking
    Oh this I just have to hear - come on fuss up!
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    It happened right here. The famed Snake Bight in Everglades National Park.


    We decided to rent a canoe for the day to sneak up into some ultra shallow areas at low tide, too shallow for the flats boat. We loaded up the cooler, mosquito repellent, a couple of fishing rods, and my brand new dSLR in a waterproof bag.

    There were a lot of fish, and nice ones too. I hooked a monster snook that was sitting about three feet in front of the canoe, and she wasn't happy about it. She started towing the canoe down the little creek, but finally gave in. When I got her near the boat, I reached into my bag to grab my camera. So I had my rod in my left hand and my camera in my right, when my better half decided to lean over to grab the fish.

    Turns out that leaning over in a canoe is a bad idea. Doing it in Snake Bight is an even worse idea, because when you land, you're going to sink about three feet into the muck.

    So we are firmly planted in this muck up to the cracks of our butts, the canoe has now righted itself but is full of water, I have a fishing rod in one hand and my camera is being held above my head in the other, I'm laughing my butt off, by better half is inventing new cuss words, and there is a giant snook swimming around in the canoe.

    In the process of getting back into the canoe, I lost a shoe in the muck. We were pretty much covered in this grey, slimy muck. My pockets were full of the stuff. And back at the boat ramp, I could tell by the look on her face that the canoe rental lady had seen it all before.

    It was a long, quiet ride home.

    So now we have a Canon G10 with a waterproof housing. it has officially been dubbed "The Canoe-Cam".

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Creek View Post
    Okay Jack – fuss up
    Well okay... I was shooting by myself in Zion. Early one morning, I headed down along the Virgin River wash area near the top end of the park. It was Fall, and there was this confluence of brush on fire with colors across a small side creek. The creek was dry so I proceeded across it with my pack full of gear on my back and my new tripod in my hand -- this was back when Gitzo first came out with CF, so this was my first 3-series CF pod, and it was expensive. Just as I hit the half-way point across the side creek, I hit a batch of quicksand -- yeah really -- and immediately sunk to my knees in sticky sand. Didn't know sand could suck you like muc, but take it from me, it does. Anyway, knowing the movies showing people slowly sinking and disappearing were totally false Hollywood antics, I tried to "walk" my way out. All that happened was I sunk another 2 inches, tried it again, sunk another 2 inches --- hmmm, starting to look just like the old Hollywood movies. So I stand still for a few seconds thinking and watch my legs get another inch shorter... About now I figure it's time to act. I remember one Hollywood movie where Tarzan tells somepoor schmuck to "swim" out of the quicksand, so I figure WTF. I quickly take my pack off and hurl it to the dry bank -- all of 8 feet away mind you, but an 8 feet I cannot traverse. So now for the humiliation --- I lay down in the muck and try to swim crawl out. Well, the sand has a solid hold on me and I cannot make any forward progress, but at least I'm no longer sinking. Oh, the Gitzo... It's still being held high above the sand in one hand so as not to get it dirty, wet or sandy. It is also the only tool I have -- no branches to grab, nothing but what looks like perfectly dry sand all around me. So in a flash, the new Gitzo becomes a three legged spike. I shove the legs into the ground ahead of me and pull myself toward shore. I have to repeat this three times before I can pull one of my own legs free and get it on solid enough ground to get my other one un-stuck.
    Back in the hotel, I rinse everything off in the tub, fouling maybe a dozen towels, have to disassemble each leg of the Gitzo, rinse the internals and locking screws off, dry them and reassemble them. About a 2 hour project and that pod always felt "gritty" on the lock knobs after that.
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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    I'm feeling better about my mishap already... guess misery loves company. Can't wait to hear Guy's story

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    REALLY LONG story in extremely short form. I gave the wrong serial number for my DF upgrade and almost had to send it back . Luckily the person I sold the old body too still had it and I sent him mine he sent in his to Phase with the right serial number for me. Royal screw up on my part and I just made it up to him for his kindness.
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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    ... Just as I hit the half-way point across the side creek, I hit a batch of quicksand -- yeah really -- and immediately sunk to my knees in sticky sand. Didn't know sand could suck you like muc, but take it from me, it does. Anyway, knowing the movies showing people slowly sinking and disappearing were totally false Hollywood antics, I tried to "walk" my way out. All that happened was I sunk another 2 inches, tried it again, sunk another 2 inches --- hmmm, starting to look just like the old Hollywood movies. So I stand still for a few seconds thinking and watch my legs get another inch shorter... About now I figure it's time to act. I remember one Hollywood movie where Tarzan tells somepoor schmuck to "swim" out of the quicksand, so I figure WTF. I quickly take my pack off and hurl it to the dry bank -- all of 8 feet away mind you, but an 8 feet I cannot traverse. So now for the humiliation --- I lay down in the muck and try to swim crawl out. Well, the sand has a solid hold on me and I cannot make any forward progress, but at least I'm no longer sinking. Oh, the Gitzo... It's still being held high above the sand in one hand so as not to get it dirty, wet or sandy. It is also the only tool I have -- no branches to grab, nothing but what looks like perfectly dry sand all around me. So in a flash, the new Gitzo becomes a three legged spike. I shove the legs into the ground ahead of me and pull myself toward shore. I have to repeat this three times before I can pull one of my own legs free and get it on solid enough ground to get my other one un-stuck ...
    Hee hee - I have an almost identical story but in the middle of the meadow across from the chapel in Yosemite. In my case it was last February after a particularly picturesque snow storm overnight and I was walking across what turned out to be 1ft snow, a thick ice layer, another 1ft snow, another ice layer and then the bottom layer of snow/frozen vegetation.

    For the first 30ft all was well and it was just a wander through the snow. Suddenly it's 'crack' and I dropped a ft or so and was up to my knees and was now starting to flail about through the snow. Then, 'crack' again and now it's thigh deep but really tough to break through to move - every climb up out of the snow/ice would get me to the next layer up but then 'crack' and down again. Finally I'm up to my waist and figure what the heck - set up the tripod & camera and shoot the lifting mist & snow and the scenery but from my new waist deep nest in the snow. Now I have to get back out to the path before I freeze my balls off so I end up having to throw the backpack forwards a few feet and ended up almost having to do the same pathetic swimming motion to push through the powder. Every step forward was a climb up followed by a crack and drop back down as the ice layers broke. I tried the crawl, the hop, the ice-breaker (crack the ice/snow in front & try to barge through it), even the swim/snow angel impression ...

    I decide then to use my CF Gitzo as a staff - BIG mistake. Firstly, it turns out that Gitzo tripod leg cement isn't great at 5f ... one of the legs starts to get loose and then finally drops off. I launch it like a javelin to the 'shore'. Next, it turns out that CF gets brittle when cold enough too - 'crack' - suddenly the bottom 6in of my $700 tripod looks like a shark just ravaged it and there's the equivalent of the bloody stump left. Somewhere out in that meadow I'm sure there was wonderment in the spring about the chunk of CF tubing sticking out of the ground.

    So, after about 15 minutes of rolling around, clambering, flailing arms, cursing, sweating, grunting, groaning and finally stupid laughter, I manage to reach the edge of the meadow, fence and the safety of footpath. Of course, my shooting buddy has been watching me all this time laughing his head off and offering helpful 'advice'.

    So, nett result was only a half decent shot, a one & half leg tripod and an extremely chilly snow bath.

    (Btw, this is a good advertisement for Gitzo standing behind their products because they fixed my tripod - replacing the legs, one for free and the other snapped one on my dime for a total good as new tripod for $120. )

    Then there was the sunset of a lifetime shot in Sydney with the Opera house & bridge behind it taken at the botanical gardens with my XPan outfit. Fifteen minutes of carefully hand metered shooting ... with the lens cap on.

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Can I share one that directly involves my camera but not me? Embarrassing for the spouse...

    We were hiking up to the top of Nevada Falls in Yosemite, on a ledge section between a cliff downward and a cliff upward, with occasional little seasonal streams across it that you need to either jump or get your boots wet in about two inches of water. The spouse was carrying the small camera bag. He slipped in one of the little streams, and fell on his back in the middle of the stream with the camera bag under him, about ten feet away from the downward cliff edge. I expected him to get up, but he didn't, he was just lying there like a turtle on its back, and I was wondering, "Is he seriously hurt?" He then said something along the lines of, "Excuse me, how far am I from the drop-off?" He didn't want to move because he wasn't sure whether he would tumble over the edge if he did! I reassured him there was plenty of space between him and the edge, he got up, and he was fine. The camera body never worked again from the impact or the water, though the lens was OK...

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    I love this thread!
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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    I love this thread!
    Gotta say that Jack and the quicksand story is tough to top. I think I watched every episode of Tarzan (the Johnny Weissmuller B&W ones) ever shown on TV and can relate to what he must have been thinking

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    I was driving through Yellowstone in November 5 years ago. Yellowstone was just in the process of getting a snow storm but it had been sleeting and freezing for a couple hours already. I was warned at the gate there were a number of really slick places in the park.

    As I was driving around I was amazed that I didn’t find any slick parts. Driving up this slight hill I noticed the trees on the right had some sun streaks showing through with some snow showers that looked very promising. Pulled the SUV to the right, grabbed the camera and jumped out the door. Immediately both feet went forward as I went backward bashing my (normally thick) head on the roadbed knocking me out cold.

    When I awoke, there was a crowd of people (couple rangers and some good Samaritans) around me trying to wake me. I tried to sit up and noticed that I was laying about 40 feet down the hill from my SUV and on the other side of the road. I asked where my camera was, the rangers said it was safe in their truck and they had a terrible time prying it from my hands even though I was out cold. I Was laying in a huge puddle of blood and a ranger was holding a snowy towel to my head. I had an enormous headache.

    Apparently when I fell I knocked myself out and slid all the way down the hill and across the road, but NEVER LET GO OF MY CAMERA!! I had to be driven out of the park because they wouldn’t let me drive.

    Nine stitches and two days later I was on my way again. How I did not get run over by a car or freeze to death I’ll never know.

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    David

    I send you "Surf s Up" greeting and you almost drown?

    I have done this as well as its easy to get fooled by the waves. Especially exciting if you have a full bag of equipment siting on the sand behind you.

    Things could have been worse ..you could have been using your Broncolor lights!

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Jack, great story!

    I was on the beach in Carmel with my model friend Lisa, shooting with three Nikon flashes on light stands. Eventually Lisa asks me if water is good for flashes - I had placed one of the flashes in the breaking waves and of course it fell over and fritzed.

    One spring weekend 2006 I went with Tom Tworek to Pinnacles State Park south of San Jose, CA - I think maybe you were there Jack? - brought the big heavy Toyo 8x10 monorail. We had hiked for two hours or so when I set up the camera. Then I realized I forgot to bring film. I was so embarrassed but hid my mistake, didn't tell anyone until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    Jack, great story!

    I was on the beach in Carmel with my model friend Lisa, shooting with three Nikon flashes on light stands. Eventually Lisa asks me if water is good for flashes - I had placed one of the flashes in the breaking waves and of course it fell over and fritzed.

    One spring weekend 2006 I went with Tom Tworek to Pinnacles State Park south of San Jose, CA - I think maybe you were there Jack? - brought the big heavy Toyo 8x10 monorail. We had hiked for two hours or so when I set up the camera. Then I realized I forgot to bring film. I was so embarrassed but hid my mistake, didn't tell anyone until now.
    Lars,

    I ran out the other day to shoot a tree behind the house with my Alpa/H3DII 39 back....set up with tripod so I left the bag in the house. Fired the shutter and stared at the back...nothing...nothing.

    No sync cable. Of course it was in the back so back to the house. Glad it was a short hike to the house.

    Bad news is I have done stuff like this before...

    So I am very thankful for every decent capture I have.

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    Reminds me of my first major photo adventure....

    In 1971 I went to Paraguay as an exchange student for three months...

    Bought a Mamiya 500 DTL with a couple of lenses and two rolls of 35mm film with a Watson bulk loader. Never seen one before.

    I arrived in Rio and checked into the hotel...decided if I wanted to take pictures I needed to wind on some film. There was a wardrobe/armoire in the room that was the only dark place I could find. I waited until night climbed in and began to wind on a few cassettes of 35...I say a few as about the third one I heard a "CRACK" and the bottom fell out of the wardrobe/armoire....light was pouring in the bottom....

    Ended up loading in another place ... after I repaired the wardrobe/armoire.

    Returned home with some 3000 slides....2/3 of which had been loaded backwards.

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    so, I ended up here while looking for a thread to introduce myself and thought, what the heck, if I introduce myself in this thread, things can only improve from there

    So here goes: I got a rather new-to-me Horseman 970. Its a lotsa-snow landscape here at the moment, rather rare event in the Netherlands. So, I took the dog for a walk in the woods and the Horseman with me.

    As I got to the camerashop and opened the roll film back, I was looking at the black inside of the 120/roll backing paper. Apparently I installed the roll the wrong way round when loading the camera. As a result I shot 8 brilliant snowland sunrise shots on the backing paper...

    Thank God I proceeded with the 6x9 Bessa RF once the Horseman ran out of film. I have at least four decet shots to look out to.

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    Well.. it would have been embarrassing if I had killed myself... some years back I had my big bag of camera gear and tripod, and was at Castle Rock park near the end of the day. I wanted a shot of the red sunset light on Castle Rock Falls, so I climbed down to the bottom, and I took my pics. By the time I put the gear away, it was almost dark and I would have had to hike quite a way downstream to meet up with the trail(and probably would have missed it in the failing light), then as I recall it would have been at least a couple of miles back to the parking lot. Instead I started climbing straight up the side of the gorge, hoping to strike the trail a bit west of the platform over the falls and get there while there was still light. It was probably 100-150 feet up, but it felt like 5 miles. It was too steep to climb on my feet, I hauled myself up by grabbing onto brush, roots, rocks, etc. on all fours. I had a few close calls when handholds or footholds gave way, the heavy bag on my back almost tipped me over backward a couple of times, I almost dropped the tripod a couple of times, but I made it to the trail with the last little bit of light. I made it back to the car in almost pitch darkness, having to stop many times and use the test button on my flash(squinting to avoid killing my night vision completely) to find my way.

    As I got into my car a ranger gave me a mild scolding for being in the park after hours, but I had visions of how stupid it would have looked if someone found me dead in a pile of camera gear at the bottom of the gorge, or ran into me stumbling through the woods trying to find my way with a flash. BTW, I religiously carry a flashlight on this sort of outing now.
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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Just south of Cardston, Alberta, Hwy 504 parallels the Canada/US border. I stopped my truck camper close to a wetland with a magnificent view of Chief Mountain, Glacier Nat'l Park, MT.

    I climbed up on the roof (12 ft) with my beautiful Gitzo and expensive ball head and made a three shot pano with my P45+. When I was done, I detached the camera and handed it down to my wife so I could use both hands on the ladder back to terra firma.

    The 8 foot pano was a huge success.

    But I can never look at it without wondering who found my Gitzo lying on somewhere on Hwy 504 later that day.....I didn't even miss it for several hours and figure it would probably have been run over by a transport by the time I turned round and went back for it.

    But if any reader from Cardston found a top of the line Gitzo - I'll pay for shipping and a reward!

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    A few years back I finally talked someone into me making a few shots - some alcohol was involved. I then made what I knew some of the best portrait shots I had ever made because the light was great and the mood was good..

    then next morning I tried to get the roll out of my Leica M3 - only discover that all the shots made were made on a camera with no film in it...I have still not gotten over it.

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Back in 1992 or 1993 me and my college roommates went on a hike up to the top of Boulder Mountain in the Sawtooth National Forest of Idaho. I had the trusty nikon f2 with me and was firing off all kinds of great photos in both B&W and color. I was the only one to make it to the top of the mountain, where I took even more great photos of the landscape and something to show my roommates what they missed.

    I remember being petrified on the climb down at one point. I couldn't move left or right because my backpack was pushing me off of the cliff. Finally with some advice from my roommate down below I made it out (I swear to this day it was from mind power alone).

    I get back from the trip, develope all of the film only to find them all over or underexposed because the battery for the light meter ran out of power. I still have not gone on that hike again.

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    Re: Anybody want to share some embarrassing moments

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    A few years back I finally talked someone into me making a few shots - some alcohol was involved. I then made what I knew some of the best portrait shots I had ever made because the light was great and the mood was good..

    then next morning I tried to get the roll out of my Leica M3 - only discover that all the shots made were made on a camera with no film in it...I have still not gotten over it.
    She was prolly greatly relieved.

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