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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2013, 01:07:10 AM »
Whilst photographing a bear cub at Yosemite, a ranger called out for everyone to back off. People turned and started to run and the cub's instinct to chase kicked in. Luckily cubs are easily distracted and it stopped about 3m away from me to look at something else.

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2013, 01:07:10 AM »

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2013, 01:08:24 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.

+1 lol

Mine is whenever my wife logs into our amazon account after I've ordered a new lens.  Tomorrow should be fun... Just ordered the 135mm f/2L yesterday.  :-)
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2013, 01:16:57 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.

Now THAT is scary!
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2013, 01:29:20 AM »
what silly thing have you done?
Maybe the most uncalculateable dangerous, individual reactions varied:
Some environmental fashion shots in the aftermath of the Tel Aviv fashion week.
A perfectly reasonable idea, even got free assistants in uniform.
Until someone decided that rockets coming our way would spice things up.

More leaning to the silly side: having an assistent set up some HMIs for cont. light shooting and not double checking everything. The guy must have missed the memo about the need for heavy UV filtering(and never overriding the safty switches detecting those filters) & about everything started to look like painted w. daylight flourescent paint at the moment htat light came on. Lesson learned: never assume someone has taken care of it, make sure it has been done properly...

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2013, 01:38:06 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.

+1 lol

Mine is whenever my wife logs into our amazon account after I've ordered a new lens.  Tomorrow should be fun... Just ordered the 135mm f/2L yesterday.  :-)

Good luck!

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2013, 01:45:36 AM »
Major riots had just broken out in a very poor, and relatively lawless country. I was covering some of it from the back of a motorbike when an angry looking guy in army fatigues clutching an AK 47 (or 74 - not entirely sure) ran towards the bike screaming and pointing. Quite a moment, as I was the only white face around, and the only guy with a camera as well. Thankfully it turns out that it was not me he was pointing at, but a bike over my left shoulder heading in the same direction as me.  :o
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2013, 01:45:45 AM »
what silly thing have you done?
During my vacation in Edinburgh, Scotland I paid for an expensive private tour of the city's famous monuments, castles, buildings etc, I forgot that there was no CF card in my 7D (as I had taken it out a night before to transfer the images to my laptop but forgot to reload the card back into the camera) to my bad luck I also had enable shutter release without the card feature ... so I proudly kept clicking away at all the glorious places (with my wife and kids reluctantly posing at my commands) ... when I got back home and found out what I had done, my wife gave me an earful for making the family pose for nothing :-[ ... till this day, whenever we go on a vacation, I get teased about it by the wife.
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2013, 01:51:44 AM »
Major riots had just broken out in a very poor, and relatively lawless country. I was covering some of it from the back of a motorbike when an angry looking guy in army fatigues clutching an AK 47 (or 74 - not entirely sure) ran towards the bike screaming and pointing. Quite a moment, as I was the only white face around, and the only guy with a camera as well. Thankfully it turns out that it was not me he was pointing at, but a bike over my left shoulder heading in the same direction as me.  :o
47 is distinctly bigger than a 74 :)

Mine would be doing a paid job for a friend's birthday and then "accidentally" getting drunk halfway through the night.

Either that or accidentally putting the uncharged batteries in my flash instead of the charged ones for an engagement in a low lit restaurant.
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2013, 01:51:53 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.
Have you not heard the first commandment in the Holy Book 'Hobby Purchases of Husbands'? - "Thou Shalt NOT have the same shopping account as thine wife"!
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2013, 02:50:42 AM »
Side of a lake, bag on a slope, tipped over, opened, 24mm f/1.4L II rolled out, all in slow motion, off it went, comedy-style, down to the waterline...plop! :-/

$312.08 repair charge for cleaning and water damage.

Maybe I got off lightly!
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2013, 03:04:46 AM »
47 is distinctly bigger than a 74 :)

I have no idea, it was quite a few years ago (maybe 12 or more), but my guess would be an AK 47 knowing the country I was in. I believe the 47 is the cheaper, older model? Not that it mattered. I wasn't really too concerned about the model of the gun at the time.  :o Tensions were already high, buildings on fire etc.
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2013, 12:09:22 PM »
Side of a lake, bag on a slope, tipped over, opened, 24mm f/1.4L II rolled out, all in slow motion, off it went, comedy-style, down to the waterline...plop! :-/

$312.08 repair charge for cleaning and water damage.

Maybe I got off lightly!

I'll say!  Could have very easily been purchasing a new 24mm!
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2013, 12:55:33 PM »
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During my vacation in Edinburgh, Scotland I paid for an expensive private tour of the city's famous monuments, castles, buildings etc, I forgot that there was no CF card in my 7D (as I had taken it out a night before to transfer the images to my laptop but forgot to reload the card back into the camera) to my bad luck I also had enable shutter release without the card feature ... so I proudly kept clicking away at all the glorious places (with my wife and kids reluctantly posing at my commands) ... when I got back home and found out what I had done, my wife gave me an earful for making the family pose for nothing :-[ ... till this day, whenever we go on a vacation, I get teased about it by the wife.

+1

I did the same thing 3 years ago while on vacation with my family in Washington state.  I forgot to re-install my CF card after importing pictures at the hotel one night.  The following day we visited Mount Rainier and I shot 100+ "shots" of landscapes and the wife and son at various locations, only to find out that evening that I was shooting blanks.  Needless to say, I promptly turned on the no shutter release without memory card option!  My wife will never let me forget...  :-[
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2013, 12:55:33 PM »

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2013, 01:00:35 PM »
When your tripod holding a 5D3 + 200 F/2 L falls head first onto some rocks, and its a CPS rental. <:O

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Re: your scariest photography moment?
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2013, 01:38:01 PM »
Some great stories, thanks to all...

Silliest moment - aside from the normal misreading the tides and getting "stranded" on the english coast, my best to date would be diving/slipping into a stream with 1Ds and 17-40mm attached with tripod. Photographer and equipment fully immersed and not an underwater housing kit to be seen! :-[ Left everything for 24hrs drying and it was all fine...

For scariest, they're all animal related...

I've had a herd of springbok get suddenly spooked and dart towards the car and one hit the rear but shook his head somewhat dazed and ran away...

What always scares the beejezus out of me is self-drive, narrow roads, herds of elephants in close proximity. I was in Kruger a couple of years back, heading down a backroad. Came across a bull. Normally if I approach slowly but consistently, the elephants will ignore me. Not this bull. He proceeded towards me. I paused, perhaps that was my mistake, but then I went forward again. Like a game of chicken, he keeps coming, I advance slowly. When he shakes his head a little, it was time to retreat. 500 yds back to the T junction I wait, deciding I could either go backwards with a quick u-turn, or floor it forwards if he continues.

Then out of my left field of vision comes another elephant and the penny dropped. He was in musth and not interested in me. I watched him court the female with his demonstrations of destruction, and after about 5 minutes she turns and trotts off and he follows at a pace. I decide to go back to where I was heading and leave them in peace....

For the rest of that holiday, whenever I came across a herd, especially on the narrow roads where literally the brush almost touched the side of the vehicle, I could always feel my throat, the adrenaline and the stomach acid  :-[ Funny on how I spent half the time considering where I could quickly throw the vehicle into reverse if I needed to get away from a charger  ;)

By contrast, driving through a herd of buffalo at 5:45 in the morning, because a hundred of them decided to block the road was a lot easier... I drove slowly but surely, and they parted without issue. So long as they are not frightened, then it's normally all good....

Oh and finally, never back away from a warthog... I did that when walking to a water hole hide, and he decided that meant he had the upper hand. Fortunately there were some decent size stones near by and i had my monopod. Neither was required, just a bit of patience and his lost interest  :D
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Re: your scariest photography moment?
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