« on: February 07, 2014, 03:37:45 PM »
I have had similar fails... Lenscap issues during nighttime photography where I just point with a wideangle and I'll finetune the composition when I have the first shot.
One of the worst things that happened was with a borrowed two-lens Rolleiflex. Film days. It had a manual black velvet board inside to prevent unwanted light leaks. Because of the two-lens design, you should flip it away with each exposure and flip it in place during transport or lens change. Guess what? I flipped it in place and never flipped it away when I took pictures. So I ended up with some slides (Velvia 50 in 120-film), the rest was just black. I spent one whole evening taking non-pictures, carefully measuring light with spot metering on different places before taking one shot.
Another thing was also back in film days. I had a used EOS 50e, with battery pack. I was a student, so on a very thight budget. So, I used 6 rechargable AA-batteries to power my camera because that was cheaper. I got up really early, layed down in the mud, in the dark, with my bean bag, waiting for birds to arrive at the small lake. Remember, film days. That meant Fuji Sensia 100 slide film for me. I had to wait for a very long time before there was enough light to get a decent shutter speed. Halfway trough the morning, finally a goose flew over and landed in front of me, waterskie-ing as she landed towards me. Very nice morning sunlight, splashing water, pain everywhere from lying in the cold mud for hours. So on this very very exciting moment when I forgot the pain, I framed, focussed, pressed the shutter button on the right time. And then the batteries died. Nothing.
To make it worse, I changed the batteries, but my spare set of 6 full AA's fell on the ground, mixing with my 6 empty batteries. I quit en went home... And never tried to lay down in the mud for hours again.