Last Tuesday morning, I'm drinking coffee and taking care of misc stuff in the front room. I hear my car alarm chirp a couple times but I don't see any large trucks or anything that usually causes that to happen. We live in a Cul-De-Sac so it's easy to see who comes and goes. I take a peek out the window and 'sum bitch! Someone is stealing the extension ladder off the top of my SUV.
I keep at least one but usually more than one DSLR on the entry foyer table since it's by my office and it's handy to get a family shot or whatever. I walk right out the front door with my trusty 5D3 and 24-70 f/2.8 v2 and fire away at the thieves as they drive away. I figure I'm pretty fortunate. I have high resolution images of the car, the license plate and the guys inside. Wow! How often do you get that chance, to catch thieves in action, in good light with a good camera? Wow!
I go back inside, call 911 and pop my memory card into my Photo PC. Imagine my disappointment when I realize that all the pictures are white! Totally blown out over exposed crap that is virtually worthless! Turns out, the camera was still set on manual from the night before when we ended a Boy Scout Court of Honor with a short induction ceremony at the end. This is where we induct new scouts into the troop by candlelight. I could have grabbed any other camera off the table and been fine but I had to grab the one camera that was set about as wrong as could be set for this particular 'shoot'!! Dang!!
I was so put out with myself because I usually set my camera back to P as soon as I am finished shooting with extreme settings for just this reason. (I have no idea why I didn't do it this time.) Anyway, I was so preoccupied with trying to recover the images enough to get the license plate info that I forgot I had security camera video until later. Still kicking myself.....
If you want to see the theft video footage, here it is along with the worthless pictures that really only show the vehicle color and type. The video only lasts a couple minutes where the thieves drive up and back once to case the place, then come back, park at frame right, walk up, remove the ladder and run away. Then you see me in the left of the frame shooting pictures. If you don't want to watch the whole video, time index 1:55 is where they steal the ladder and 2:40 is where you see me taking my worthless pictures.
I find it ironic that after investing thousands of dollars in camera equipment and years improving my photography skills to take thousands of images for so many other folks, I totally blow an opportunity for all the gear and skill to serve myself! I literally would have been better off just using my smartphone camera! http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/laddertheft