Stupid things we've done...and the shot to prove it...
Mick's train track thread spurred me to post this for my 3000th post (thank you, nikonians!)
My first time shooting college basketball a couple of years ago:
Another shooter told me they sometimes will jump over you, and you should squeeze yourself into a ball and get as low as possible. Just my luck as a first-timer, it happened. but I decided to keep shooting until the last second intead of curling into a ball and tucking my head in.
And that was with a 15mm lens (on DX)...so you know he was as close as he looks. I basically did a heels-over-head backflip (think tuck and roll using momentum from your feet like you're a kid on a swing) onto my right shoulder (from a sitting position) a second after this was taken, in order to get out of the way before gravity did its thing...he was literally in mid-air a foot or two above me when I shot this. I actually have a whole series of him coming at me, but I won't post it online for various reasons. Should have seen the expression on these guys' faces in the shot before this as they were (yes, two of them) jumping up over where I was sitting, trying to reach for the ball as it went out of bounds. The full series could be used for some sort of ad, lol.
btw, the shot seen here was one of my famous "not looking through finder" shots that just seems to magically compose itself.
What have you done that was stupid but got you a cool shot? And be sure to post the shot!
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dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 09:02 PM
Congratulations on your 3000 posts!
I like this shot. The underexposure and resulting noise give it a really cool graphic arts look. The overall composition works to keep the viewer engaged in the image.
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blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sat 10-Nov-12 02:44 AM
It wasn't totally stupid, but last time shooting at Virginia International Raceway, I was tracking a car as he came up to the top of the hill by the Oak Tree. Right at the apex of the corner, he wobbled, then overcorrected and slid off. I remember thinking "s**t, I can't focus that close" because I normally shoot with the focus limiter on. Did I mention that the focus limiter on this lens is set to "infinity to 20 meters?" Right about then the car hit the tyre barrier, probably still going about 25mph. It was NOT a small hit. I was standing about five feet back from the tyres. The tyres are big ones, two rows of the ones that were so controversial about five or six years ago. So he hit maybe a total of ten feet away. Going. Directly. At me. And until he bounced off I never realized just how close he was. In this case I had not only the tyres but also a guardrail and a tall chain link fence (I'll guess it's 15' high) - I was shooting through a cutout. It would have had to be one heck of a lot worse to really endanger me, perhaps if he'd been going 120 instead of 45, and he'd have gotten very airborne, perhaps he might have flown over the tyres and into the fencing hard enough to wrap it over onto me. I can't post the shot because I'm traveling and can't access those files, and anyway I'm not sure that I even kept it, since the last shot was so far inside minimum focus (ten feet, not twenty meters) that obviously it was WAY out of focus.
That was definitely a scary moment. Almost as bad as the GG1, actually. In both cases I had NO IDEA what was happening until after it had happened. For race fans, if you saw Alan McNish crash out of the 2011 24 Hours of LeMans, it was a miniature version of that - but with the addition of a big catch fence and the flying bits were much smaller. (Like this.)
Another one, frankly perhaps higher on the stupidity scale but probably in actuality less dangerous, was in 1986 shooting a steam excursion behind N&W J 611. During a runby, I had the camera on the ground, propped at the right angle with a couple of rocks, as close as I dared to the tracks. I'd say that was about eight or ten feet. Not having a radio remote like I have today, I triggered the camera (an FM2n) with a cable release. I was lying flat on the ground as far away as I could get - probably another two feet? Traditional cable releases are a lot shorter than, say, an MC-30 cord. It wasn't actually all that dangerous, I wasn't really THAT close to the tracks and I was also well below track level. I might actually have been further from the tracks than I was with the GG1, and lying flat on the ground was less likely to have been hit by anything accidentally extending from the train. Still, if something bad had happened - a derailment - it would have been ugly.
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MotoMannequin Nikonian since 11th Jan 2006Tue 13-Nov-12 09:09 PM
There was this time I was setting up at Shell Beach on the Sonoma Coast, having pre-visualized a low frame of reference, ultra-wide angle, slow shutter shot of waves splashing in and through a bunch of little rocks at sunset. I wanted that misty look through the rocks from a very slow shutter. Last thing I remember, I released the shutter, then looked up to see a huge wave about to crash down on me. I grabbed the camera and lifted it up over my head, and got soaked up to my waist. Not too smart really, this area is known to kill with rogue waves and riptides. Luckily neither me nor my camera was harmed, although I did have to do the 90 minute drive home in soaked jeans.
And I got this shot:
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flashdeadline Nikonian since 07th Apr 2002Tue 20-Nov-12 10:07 PM
During my work as a photojournalist in a small town I covered the annual Christmas parade. After the first year I was frustrated at the need to haul butt from one end of the parade to another looking for the prime shots. Frustrated and tired as heck. The next year I unveiled my special combat boots with roller skates attached. The skates are on what they call a "truck" -- I took off the roller wheels and replaced them with skateboard wheels. Those were real combat boots from my Marine Corps days. I drilled holes in the bottom to attach the truck and wore three pairs of thick socks to ease the pain from bolts in the bottom of my feet.
Now that I think about it-- that was a bit crazy.
Did the same thing for a few years. The bad part was those darn hard candies they would throw from the floats-- You hit a hard candy with skates and that is an instant brake. I spilled a few times and decided that was enough--
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olivierrychner Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2005Wed 21-Nov-12 06:16 PM
I'm known to pack my camera in a hurry after a shot - and try to use it at the same settings for my next shot...
When I arrived at school (building in behind with the blue window frames), I decided to make a practice shot of the blower, everything sharp but the blown snow. Of course, I was so intent on framing that I completely forgot the f/25 and ISO 200 part! Strangely, I also got technically good pictures immediately afterwards, but I deleted them...
In the same vein, I was once taking pictures of two friends' wine shop in town. I was moving my tripod, carrying it over my shoulder, when I accidentally tripped the shutter cord I was toying with in my pocket. I noticed, and managed to keep the camera in the right direction. In post, I rotated the image (and lost quite a bit of it in the process) and played with saturation: my friends are really happy with this one, too:
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Allen A Hale Registered since 26th May 2012Wed 28-Nov-12 01:52 PM
I went to Cusco, Peru some years ago for what I called the trifecta - Feast of Corpus Christi, Intiraymi (Inca ceremony reenactment) and the Winter Solstace all within a few days of each other. I got up early on June 21 to catch the rising sun's rays on Temple of the Sun at Machu Picchu. I completed my first roll of film on my F3 and rerolled the film into the cannister. As I was rerolling the film I could not help but think how easy it felt - like hardly any effort at all. I suspected and developing the roll confirmed that the film had not been properly loaded to begin with. I am unable to share a shot - but you all understand.