Your biggest "D'oh!" moment?

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by justinweiss, May 7, 2009.

  1. What was your biggest Homer Simpson-style "D'oh!" moment in photography? I'll kick off with a few:
    (1) Leaving my camera in manual focus mode before handing it to my wife to shoot for a while.
    (2) Not realizing my camera was set to 12-bit raw instead of 14-bit, for months and months.
    (3) Buying a new lens and a protective filter at the same time, so the lens would never ever ever get damaged. I managed to cross-thread the filter onto the lens threads and it popped right off, clattering across the entire front element. (Luckily, the lens looks ok.)
  2. Accidentally puting several rolls of film in my checked luggage.
  3. SCL


    Shooting a roll of film and at the end of the day discovering the film sockets had stripped out and no shots had been taken.
  4. Maybe my worst was shooting for a good stretch at Karnak before realizing that the ISO was still set to ISO 3200 from the previous evening's shoot of the spotlit Luxor temple.
    Actually, I did get terrific depth of field. Diffraction and noise, maybe not so good.....
  5. My worst one came years ago, on the day I first shook off the tunnel-visioned tyranny of the SLR by taking my then- new M3 and collapsible 50 out to a festival. I was in the middle of a crowd almost done with my first roll, when an 8 yr old boy LOUDLY yelled: "Hey, Mister!" I was too busy framing..."HEEEEY Mister!", annoyed at this intrusion into my Leica-Bliss, I looked up, "Mister, you have your lens cap on". Several people laughed out loud. Humbled, I removed the cap...
  6. Forgetting I didn't have film in the camera--shooting some great pictures and pictures because there was no film in the camera!
  7. Carefully spot-metering a white barn and then CLOSING DOWN two stops.
    Koni-Omega Rapid. Wedding. Lens cap. Say no more... (Only about five frames, reshootable, but still...)
  8. 1. Leaving the camera at home because "there's probably nothing too interesting" (that was years back, and I've learnt my lesson).
    2. Leaving the ISO on high and then shooting outside in bright sunlight. Duh!
  9. Shooting a bunch of photos on my OM-2 with the switch set in the "Off" position. I was sure it was a waste, but it turned out that the camera is actually effectively in AE mode when you press the shutter release in that situation. So it turned out to be a non-Doh! after all, but I didn't realize it for a week until the film came back!
  10. marta, I'm with you. Years ago with a manual slr shooting action shots at a BMX race, no film in camera. Problem is that after shooting 50 or so frames I still didn't realize it. No shots that day.
  11. Marge: HOMER! This is the worst thing you've ever done!
    Homer: say that so often it's lost all meaning!

    1. Not setting the multi exposure lever back after a double exposure, and shooting God knows how many shots on one frame. Wow, it sure seems like I've been shooting this roll of 120 for a long time!

    2. Leaving my ISO on 400 and shooting a roll of 50 speed film.

    3. Forgetting I was in aperture mode on my digital, and setting my exposure comp to +however far it would go, thinking I was changing the aperture in manual mode.

    4. Most of the photos in my "?" portfolio. ;)

  12. Misloading a roll of film the last full day in England on my first trip with my, then Fiance. The 2nd worst was misloading a roll of B&W film at my brother's wedding. I say 2nd worst only because I was shooting with 2 cameras and about 50% of the B&W shots were just repeats of the color shots.
  13. A tie, both many years ago. 1) discovering I had shot a roll of 120 in my Mamiya Press with the dark slide still in the back (luckily, I was able to re-shoot) and 2) learning the hard way to tension 35mm when loading and watch the rewind as I did the two blank frames.
  14. Asent mindedly trying to put the Canon 17-85 on my 5D. Trust me: don't try this, it will dislodge the front element of the focussing screen.
  15. On more than one occasion leaving to take a photo and forgetting that I had removed the CF card(s) to tansfer the photos onto the computer - realizing too late (after I left) that I had forgotten to put the CF card(s) back into the camera(s).
    Luckily last time I just happen to have a spare in my camera bag.
  16. Oops!
    Having my Graflex flash fire a flaming bulb at Miss Something-or-Other during her coronation (whilst working for the University photo lab) and watching the crowd run for cover!
    (But I got the shot!)
  17. Not carrying a camera with me everywhere I go. I have missed some of the best shots.
  18. The time I got some great shots of a Peregrine Falcon with a pigeon, Great light, great position. If only I had put the compact flash card back in the camera the photos would have been priceless.
  19. Something I will always regret, from a long time ago. I had already quite a few paid weddings under my belt, and was doing a labour of love shooting my cousin's (in my mother tongue there's no distinction for a cousin, he was my "elder brother" and he was/is just as close) wedding. Every roll of film came out completely blank, the shutter was firing but only at a real fast speed, had to get it repaired. I will never forget my cousin's, the families and my disappointment. To this day the only pics from that wedding are a set of 12 prints from B&W 120 film shot in a fixed focus Agfa Click III by someone.
  20. stp


    Learning (repeatedly!) that with a rangefinder you can still see the scene with the lens cap on.
  21. I was in the center of a stream (shooting a waterfall in NY's Catskill Mts.) as group of schoolkids walked past me (and my 4x5 Cambo camera on a tripod). I turned my back for a moment and the wind blew the whole thing over into the drink. A girl about 10 years old asked "Mister, did you mean to do that"? The camera dried out eventually, the Rodenstock lens spent 8 costly weeks being "repaired".
    Then there was the time while shooting a video of a (quiet) church wedding. My Bogen tripod's quick release, "quicked released". The $1500 video camera fell 7 feet onto the concrete floor with a rather loud shattering sound.
  22. Bighorn ram at a parking pull off in Glacier NP, HUGE horns, at least 150% curve, dusk, three cameras on the seat beside me, and I grabbed the one set for timer/mirror lockup, Velvia 50 and 1/20 sec.
    By the time my brain started working (what's wrong with this camera? oh, yeah....) he was gone
  23. (1)Jumping into a swimming pool with a roll of exposed Velvia in my swimming suit pocket. (The shots came out fine.)
    (2)Thinking the film in my A2E had just rewound back into the cassette, I opened the back of the camera. Guess what? It had not rewound.
    (3)Buying a new 4gig CF card so I could shoot RAW on a week long trip to the Las Vegas area and not have to copy cards and erase them. Since the card was a brand I was not familiar with, I tested it at home before we left. So we get to Vegas, check in, and go out on the street to look around and shoot some photos. Hmmm... camera is behaving oddly. No CF Card! The new CF card was in my card reader, back home, 2000 miles away.
  24. not having the cf card in the camera when shooting the perfect sunset. leaving the camera on manual focus and using auto focus lens at an important work event :(
  25. yesterday when i ran out of batterie in BOTH my camera,,having forget to ;
    1_charge them during the night
    2_having forget to take the 2 spare that i left on the charger!
    30$US worth of taxi to go get them and go back to my original site...
  26. surprised to see so many people missing shots because of no card, i've had the shoot without card option set to no for a long, long time...
    losing photos, wrong ISO with film, custom functions on that i had forgotten about, all very high on repeated mistakes...
  27. The mirror lock up custom function on Canon digital cameras has annoyed me on many an occation.
  28. No major D'oh! moments recently. Forgot to reset the D2H from hi-rez JPEG only to JPEG plus NEF, but no biggie for that particular set of photos, they were lens tests that I can easily repeat.
  29. Taking out the exposed film, closing the camera back without putting a new roll in right away, and then later forgetting there was no film inside. I then shot a whole 'roll' of blanks including an irreplaceable shot of my class in front of a funny sign 300 miles from home. Gee, this 36-exposure roll just keeps on going...
    At least I've since learned to see if the rewind handle is turning to confirm that the film is properly engaged.
    On a smaller scale but still silly, becoming accustomed to shooting autofocus, autoexposure, digital point-and-shoots for months at a time. Then going on a photography expedition with a fully manual Pentax 6x7, and forgetting to set the exposure and focus before shooting. Hey, my eyesight is blurry without glasses so I just thought the blurryness was my eyes...
  30. At the end of a two week holiday on a live aboard dive boat in the South Pacific twenty years ago. I had bought a new Nikonos but apparently did not know how to load it properly. 14 days and twenty rolls later I found out the hard way back at home when I discovered that only the first roll had turned out. Oh well, it gave me the perfect excuse to go back again next year. My photography skills have since improved.
  31. Doh! Finding out than an F100 will blithely snap away after automatically rewinding the film in an environment too noisy for you to notice. The "secret handshake" needed to rewind an F5 was a welcome improvement.
  32. How about "Your light meter reads "4" so you expose at 1/4 a second, and then a few shots later you realize that there is a little "s" next to the 4, meaning that you need 4 seconds, not 1/4 a second.
  33. 1) Every single time I forget to put my exposure compensation back where it should go.

    2) Locking my keys in my car before a parade because I was too focused on getting all of my gear together, then having to stand by my car with all my gear after the parade while I waited for a ride to go get my spare keys!
  34. In the old days, I also shot without film - I remember being in a dark theatre and I needed to change film so I took the full roll out and just waited until I got some light so that I could put the new roll in - I guess I waited a while and totally forgot I had nothing in there and started shooting, eventually I was wondering how come I had so many shots (since the max. I could shoot was 24 or 36) LOL ... good thing I shot a lot or I never would have known until after the show
    More recently, I was shooting with my Rebel and in putting the camera down etc. I accidentally put it in timer mode ... so whenever I hit the shutter button, there's no apparent response (clueless that it was in timer mode and also I could not see any indication it was in timer mode) I guess before it took a shot, I turned it off thinking something was wrong ... so I powered it off a few times and assumed my shutter was dead. It was not until I was showing my friend my camera that he figured it was the timer on and I did happen to see the light blinking as he was handling it too. LOL
  35. I have 2 , one with a happy ending and one that didn't
    The happy ending - Back in the mid seventies when I was in college, I would take my precious Nikon F/Ftn to school to shoot for the newspaper and yearbook. I remember hanging it off the back of a chair during one of my morning classes. I went thru the day, left shool at about 4pm and took a 1 hour long subway ride home. When I walked into my house, I realized that I left the camera on the back of the chair 8 hours ago in a classroom that had classes in it all day. I kissed it goodby in my mine, but was going to make a effort to save it. I called a friend and he drove me back to the school. I walked into the classroom and there was the camera hanging on the chair. TRUE STORY
    The not so Happy ending - I finallt saved and got a 2nd Body to shoot with. The obvious choice for Nikon shooters in those days was a Nikkormat. I could not have been happier getting a 2nd Nikon. I carefully unpacked it, set it up for use, loaded film and mounted a lens. I took it and was going to a park to shoot and try it out. I walked outside with the camera hanging off my neck from the strap. THE STRAP THAT I PUT ON WRONG - And watched it bounce down a full flight of concrete stairs. Never got to shoot a single frame with that camera, and to add insult to injury I lost my 50mm 1.4 lens to boot.
  36. This just happened the other day. I had just received the correct Ricoh fan flash for my vintage Ricoh Five-One-Nine rangefinder. I put a flash bulb in it. had a bit of trouble putting it on the hot shoe so, being quite nearsighted, I took off my glasses and held it very close to my face with the camera pointed at me, so I could see the small foot better. As soon as the foot hit that hot shoe contact..POOF...the flash bulb went off right in my face about 8 inches away! D'oh!
  37. In my photo life, my senior moments have been fairly mild compared to every other aspect of life. Things like forgetting to turn the exposure meter switch off and running the battery down, or pulling a camera out of a pocket and not noticing that I had inadvertently rotated the mode dial. Maybe the worst is that I occasionally believe a seller's description on the auction site.
  38. Finding a forgotten roll of slide film that I had shot many years earlier at the bottom of a little used pocket of my camera bag! Of course when I got the roll back from the film processor the color had shifted, but on the bright side I was able to salvage a couple of nice photo's from the roll. I was able to convert a few of the slides into black & white, toned prints that looked rather nice!
  39. I started in photography when auto-wind and auto-rewind were new; as such I never had much to do with thumb levers and rewind cranks. A few years ago I picked up a Canon F1 for cheap. Jazzed, I loaded it up with film and started shooting. All too often I would focus, meter, frame, and try to shoot to no effect; I had repeatedly forgotten to wind the frame on (to my disgust, this still happens too frequently for my liking). At the end of the roll, I started cranking on the rewind lever; jeez, it isn't supposed to be this tough to rewind, is it? I kept at it until I heard the film part from its moorings. Looking in the manual later that day I discovered what the little button on the bottom of the camera is for. And I've done that twice.
  40. I sometimes change film mid-roll in order to use a different speed. This time I had finished a roll, rewound it, but left the leader out to "assist" the lab tech. Guess what? You know it, I reloaded the roll and shot my GF's sister's baby baptism (in Spain)...all double exposure. No flash was allowed in the small church, so no one shot the ceremony. I shot with a Leica and Noctilux (f1.0) photographic record of the event. You should've seen everyone's faces.
  41. I think most d'oh! was my first MF macro test. I had both set wrong ISO and calculated wrong light loss factor resulting in about two stop overexposure. Couple of frames were quite interesting light pastel stuff though.
    Also learned the hard way that Canon T70's light meter display has rather annoying qualities in manual mode. Two stops under is not a place to be. Luckily I figured out there was something wrong after couple of frames.
    Opening camera back and finding unwound film inside? Yeah. And what film? TMZ. Whuupii.
    Second hand d'oh.
    Forgot to focus with manual focus camera? Actually no, but my friends tend to even when I tell them it's not AF. Quite interesting, I think they hear me ok but something just fails to register. So portraits of me on my film has something like 70% failure rate.
  42. The sequel to my F1 travails is that, because I rarely shoot a whole roll at a time with so many cameras demanding my attention, I sometimes pop open the back of an older camera and find it's already loaded with film. Naturally this happens in broad daylight.
  43. When I was in the USAF as a "still photographic specialist", I was given an assignment to do some color slides of one of the new senior officers recently arrived at the base. These were to be used in the new personnel orientation briefings. So I loaded up my trusty Srt-101, and off I went to his office. Upon arriving at said office I was imedietly informed by the officer that he hated being photographed, and that he resented the need for the whole thing. I assured him that I would take as little of his valuable time as possible. I hooked the flash up, and started shooting as fast as possible, making sure to get as many angles as possible, and make a hasty retreat to the Base Photo Lab to proccess the slide film. Do any of you remember that the Srt-101 had two flash sync sockets? Do any of you know what happens when you plug your electronic/strobe flash into the socket marked "FP". Well I found out, and so did the officer when I had to call him, and reschedule the shoot. He was not overly thrilled to see me again. One other "DOH" moment from my military days. We used Graphlex XLs for just about everything (besides the color slide work). I was out o another assignment and the pc cord from the graphlex flash kept falling off of the sync terminal on the camera. Of course this was at a rather serious medal presentation. So as I alwys did in the past I took the the sync cord, and used my teeth to tighten up the connection. Unfortunately for me, I neglected to turn off the power from the 510 volt battery that the flash was plugged into. I had a blister on my tounge for 2 days, and I'm still surprised that I managed not to scream when it happened.
  44. Putting exposed B&W film in the not clearly labled fixer first, my fault, thought I was pouring D-76. Should'a seen the look on my face when I pulled out the cleared film.
  45. not telling
  46. I drove a little over three hours to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, VA. Stepped out of the car at the first stop and pulling out the camera. I had completely forgot that I was doing test shots with 800 iso. I was in the beginings of my career and was trying out the sunny sixteen rule. The only problem was I thought my ISO was set to 100 so everything was coming out over exposed even at the highest shutter speed. I started to panic, thinking I just drove almot 200 miles and was going to have to turn around because of a faulty camera. Luckily I saw the ISO before turning around and going home.
  47. Despite a decade or so of darkroom experience, one day I was having problems getting a sheet of paper to line up in the easel. I couldn't see what was getting in the way so - I put the light on!
  48. Putting exposed B&W film in the not clearly labled fixer first, my fault, thought I was pouring D-76. Should'a seen the look on my face when I pulled out the cleared film.​
    John, you may be the first person in the history of to admit to having done that. Sure, many of us have done it (me too), but we usually blame the camera, the film manufacturer, faulty developer, gremlins and the moon being in a grand trine with Merde and D'oh.
  49. Grabbed my back pack and took the train into town to shoot some street scenes. After an hour or so I took my pack off and opened it only to find I had bought my laptop instead; the packs look the same! Ended up traipsing around all day with a laptop on my back and no camera :-(
  50. I once walked across a crowded city square in Eastern Europe, only to realise in horror that the lens cap was slightly misaligned. The manufacturer's logo just wasn't parallel with the base of the camera... :( I was left with little choice but to blame a passing small child for the incident, just to save face...
  51. In the early 70's, I sent off a roll of film shot on an "Instamatic" (ah, nostalgia...) and got the prints back with a note saying "this camera may not have a lens".
    It didn't.

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