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 Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disasters! 
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Post Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disasters!
- Have you completely trashed their camera trying to install a Magic Lantern ?
- Dropped that $1,000 glass ?
- Has your Slider 'slid' down a crevice? (and nearly you with it?)
- Perhaps your entire kit bag has been stolen by a conman in downtown Bangkok?
- DSLR 'slipped' into the lake?
- Dog ate your SD card?

We wanna hear tears, trantrums and nightmares - the more nightmarish, the better.

...we can all laugh at things in hindsight, but hopefully, some positive lessons may be learned from us reading about other peoples' misfortune.

Get posting, guys !

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Wed May 29, 2013 5:00 pm
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Post Re: Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disaste
I've never broken or lost anything (touch wood).

Been thrown off a few rooftops by the police for trespassing. Still easier to ask for forgiveness than permission ;)

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Thu May 30, 2013 3:54 am
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I tripped and dropped my canon c300 in the ocean in Fiji trying to avoid a sea snake on the rocks. Luckily in a bag and not a problem. Hope the guy I sold it too doesn't read this :)

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Thu May 30, 2013 5:13 pm
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My 60D went for a tumble off a park bench and down a bit of a hill. No damage :-)

Canons are built tough:

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Fri May 31, 2013 6:26 pm
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As a small child I was lost at sea for 13 hours before being rescued by a passing freighter.

While I was in college, the island I lived on (when not in school) was taken over by the cartel who put in their own port and airbase with machine gun dudes and what not. They eventually ran us all off the island and trashed our house. They took cabinets out of the kitchen, windows out of walls, all the furniture, refrigerators, generators, everything. They even broke open the water cistern.

When I got out of college, I worked in Moscow. Two weeks after I got there, they had this revolution. Guys were shooting out the windows in their white house and tanks were firing artillery over our heads and into windows. The top five or so floors were gutted by the fire.

I built my own SCUBA rebreather and one day a shark I didn't see ran up behind me and actually bit the rebreather strapped to my back before I even knew he was there.

During turtle time, the local bobcats have gotten tired of going the long way around to avoid my favorite shooting spot. Now they quietly meow before approaching me and walking past. They're not as likely to eat me as a Florida panther. Actually I think they kind of accept me as one of their own..... or possibly waiting to eat me later.

For some reason I have a phobia of cops. I get really scared when they come asking what I think I'm doing in the middle of the night. That probably only encourages them.

Or was this supposed to be a story about my camera?

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Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:36 am
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Post Re: Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disaste
I`ve proven to myself that it`s not a good idea to head off into the mountains at a new moon with only one light source.
A couple of years ago I did just that, with the intention of doing a night time lapse above a karst field (Karrenfeld in German, limestone pavement in English), like here:
http://www.imagesfromthewild.ch/DynamicAlps/DynamicAlps.htm
(Still photo, top row middle)
Crouched down over a 12" or so wide chasm (deep enough to lose objects in, say about 5 feet) and with a head torch on, I rather rushed things a bit and caught the back of the head strap with my hand. Off flew the torch and into one of these holes. Game over. But worse than that:
1) how was I going to see around me to know I`d picked every (valuable) thing up for the descent? and
2) how was I going to get down without a head torch?
Forewarned is forearmed! Which is why this thread is a good one, and worthy of more contributions from others.


Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:20 am
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Tough run science looker.. As long as your camera is ok though :)

Ian that's what your iPhone is for, just enough light to see... You do own an iPhone right?

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Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:20 pm
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Quote:
You do own an iPhone right?


No. It was either an iphone or a Canon 6D, and image quality won.

And thereby hangs another cautionary tale: don`t emigrate to an expensive country and become a mere kids` bus driver there!


Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:47 am
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Haha fair enough. Maybe you could of taken a pic every meter to see where your going. :)

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Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:03 am
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Post Re: Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disaste
Good thread. Not a story of mine, but years ago the husband of a friend was packing his equipment into the back of his car, didn't check he had it all and reversed over his $10,000 lense (no, I don't know what lense it was - the price may have been exaggerated slightly in the telling).

When travelling in Bolivia, a guy I met decided to take his camera out with him on his (drunken) last night of many months travelling. He'd been using the same memory card and didn't have a backup, and somehow during the night managed to lose the card, and many months worth of memories.

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Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:22 pm
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On similar lines to kmatam`s friend`s lost card:
I made two attempts on Mt Assiniboine, the "Matterhorn of the Rockies",* the first with a friend and unsuccessful, the second solo a month later and successful. It`s an 18 mile walk-in, so that`s 72 miles I walked to just stand on its summit. I posted the four precious slide rolls from Juneau in Alaska to Fuji Swindon, UK, for processing. Probably the dumbest thing I ever did. They never arrived.

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Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:18 am
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The last but one time I sent my Canon 24-105 L for repair it was in three large pieces. The tripod legs were not open wide enough, turned around and knocked it over, down went the camera onto a hard floor, in what seemed like slow motion, with the lens breaking the fall.
It is away again now Iris / connect problem, too much time-lapse :(

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I photograph NBA basketball games on a hard-wired set of strobe lights. I sit on the baseline near the basket and one night (in Sacramento) one of the players crashes into the photographers. The ball stayed in play and the players ran to the other end of the court. The guy that ran into us gets up, and without realizing it had his foot wrapped up in the hard-wire that connects my cameras to the lights. He starts running down the court and my Canon 1V with 300 2.8 lens gets yanked out of my hands and lands about in the middle of the key on the playing surface. The player nearly face planted, but fortunately the sync cord pulled free of the camera before he went down completely. Play continued and I jumped up and grabbed the camera and returned to my spot. The camera and lens were a bit banged up but still worked ok after finding a replacement sync cord. The player never looked back to see what happened.


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Post Re: Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disaste
Just recently, I was shooting time lapse on a ferry, recording a small portion of the journey towards the mainland. Without warning, a wave comes over the ship and splashes my camera. After shooting, I find a cloth, poor some fresh water on it and wipe the salt water from the camera. The camera seems to be working fine but the filter looks filthy, despite me wiping it as well.


Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:42 am
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Post Re: Horror Stories - The Thread where WE get to hear disaste
Ack... some pretty crazy stories.


I dont have any real disasters, but i had my studio setup running some timelapse of some plants. I had made a few tweaks then left it alone. a while later i popped in to check it and saw the strobes flashing every couple seconds instead of every 5 minutes. Somehow one of the cables had bugged out on me which resulted in triggering my Olympus OMD non stop. I racked up well over 3,000 images in a very short period, with half of them triggering between strobe flashes. That also takes a toll on your flashtubes.


first world problems. ;)

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