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Your biggest "I blew it" moment
Chris Fuller, Photographer
Pine Beach | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:17 AM on 09.30.05
->> I just got home from the Flyers/Devils preseason game and after uploading my images I came across my first "I Blew It" photo of the season. I just thought it would be fun to share. http://www.echlimages.com/i_blew_it.htm
I showed you mine , now you show me yours.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Nashville | TN | U.S. | Posted: 12:28 AM on 09.30.05
->> When I was a student, I covered a fire at a relatively old funeral home next door to my school (MTSU, Go Blue Raiders). Anyway, several firemen went to the hospital from heat exhaustion and it was a difficult one to put out. I got several decent shots and even came back to shoot more after I turned my initial shots in before deadline. When I came back, five firemen were sitting on the ground, leaning back against the fire truck, faces soot-covered and sweat-soaked, obviously exhausted. I didn't take it. To this day, every time I think about that shot, I smack myself. I didn't know then why I didn't take it and I don't know now. I froze. To me, that's the shot that got away. Not so much that I missed it, but that I didn't take it when it was right in front of me. Live and learn. Man, if you would have seen how beautiful that shot was though.
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 12:46 AM on 09.30.05
->> I'd have to say mine was during Oz-toberfest in 1993. The local tourism group paid the surviving Munchkins to visit Liberal. During one of the events I saw 70-80 year old Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini in full costume setting her taller 10-year-old grand daughter straight with the pointed finger. The grand daughter was absolutely gorgeous like a yound Drew Barrymore and she was quite restless. I have no idea what she did, but it would have been a Hallmark moment.
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 1:07 AM on 09.30.05
->> Here's my "I blew it" from last Friday...

http://www.sportsshooter.com/guyrhodes/blewit/pages/1.html
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Randy Chow, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | United States | Posted: 1:09 AM on 09.30.05
->> Mine was when these two kids were playing on a small bike with training wheels. I was walking around the neighborhood with the intent purpose of getting some interesting candid shots. Anyways, this huge, burly Harley dirtbag biker type dude in full biker regalia walks out of a store and starts playing with the kids (I think the kids were his). He playfully grabs the bike and starts riding it, and the kids laugh and chase after him. The totally incongruous image of a huge hairy, tattooed, denim and leather bound riding a tiny bike with training wheels with his knees up past his elbows and the kids giving chase was just too funny. I desperately tried to take the shot, but he was too close for the 70-200 I had on at the time. Poop!
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Nathan Simpson, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 3:23 AM on 09.30.05
->> Mine is well you will see. But I was way back focused. Sent the lenses to canon and they replaced 2 element groups in the lens to fix the problem, I hope... so I guess I can claim that its not my fault, but it really is. I should have checked the AF and done MF. I guess that shot is useless. Can I say re-shoot?
www.natesimpsonphoto.com/doh.jpg
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Nick Mantzel, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 5:11 AM on 09.30.05
->> Not my biggest, but my most recent. I am pretty sure that if I had been 50 yards down the line it would have looked quite a bit better... I guess an in focus shot would have been nice too.
http://www.dosamigosphotography.com/doh.jpg
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Jeff Barrie, Photographer
Indianapolis | IN | USA | Posted: 7:54 AM on 09.30.05
->> During this years Indy 500 Danica Patrick spun on a restart. It happened a little behind me but, I saw it beginning. Got the camera on it and began shooting. When I checked to see what I had, I didn't see anything impressive, mainly tire smoke and cars. So I didn't even bother turning it in. That night when I got home I checked what I shot during the day. Then I get to the crash sequence and find this
http://www.sportsshooter.com/port_popup.html?mem_id=2533&i_id=291713

I couldn't see the flying parts on a quick look at the LCD but, I learned my lesson that day. Turn it in and let the guys up front decide if it is any good or not.
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Dianna Russell, Photographer
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 8:51 AM on 09.30.05
->> This one still ticks me off.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/fstopnews/i_blew_it/
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 8:54 AM on 09.30.05
->> I can't show you mine... there's nothing to show. When my wife went into labor with #1 I, for the first time in my life, didn't shove the leader of the roll far enough into the spool of my F3 and it apparently slipped off when I advanced it. When I walked into the camera shop to pick up my photos the guy behind the counter said "Your roll was blank." and then jokingly said "I hope it wasn't anything important!" After I replied "Oh, not much... Only the birth of my first child." he looked a little sheepish as I fought the urge to throw up on the spot.
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John Ritter, Photographer
Vandalia | OH | United States | Posted: 8:58 AM on 09.30.05
->> District High School baseball finals. Worked my way down to a perfect position. The player in the photo, drives in the winning run and the dugout emptys. Too much confusion to get much of value then all of a sudden, this shot appears.......and I blow it. I almost retired after this I was so sick about it. Fortunately the editor was very pleased with the rest of the game.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/ritterjd/missed
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Samuel Lewis, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 10:37 AM on 09.30.05
->> Being perfectly positioned near the end zone to shoot the UM/BC "hail flutie" catch, and missing it because I had emptied all of my cameras except for the one that had a 400mm, which I had pointed back towards midfield.
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Brad Penner, Photographer
Neptune | NJ | USA | Posted: 11:40 AM on 09.30.05
->> I'm not sure I should admit to this, but I have nothing to show from my "I blew it" moment, because, well, I BLEW IT! At halftime of the Cowboys/Eagles game last season I went inside to edit and transmit my first half photos, as per protocol. Two or three plays into the second half, a certain Philly wide receiver suffers a season ending injury to his leg/ankle/knee, and where am I? Still inside, editing and transmitting. I see it happen on the TVs in the photo workroom, grab my wide angle and run to get shots of him being helped down the tunnel (photographers and players use the same tunnel for field access at the Linc) but they had the curtain closed and wouldn't let me through until TO was safely through the tunnel and into the trainer's room. The only saving grace is that I was actually on the phone with the editor I was shooting for when this happened, so he knew that I was actually editing and transmitting, and not screwing around when all hell broke loose... Needless to say, most of what ran the next day were wire images of TO, and very little of my game action. At least I still got paid, though I felt so undeserving that I almost didn't cash the check. Almost. :)

-b.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 12:16 PM on 09.30.05
->> Hey Brad, don't worry about it. I was on the field and still didn't get. If it wasn't for the Cowboys number 38 I might have had it.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/bobford/blewit/pages/1.html
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Michael Janosz, Photographer
Huntington Beach | CA | usa | Posted: 1:12 PM on 09.30.05
->> My most recent “I Blew It” was from the 2005 MLS Lamar Hunt Cup Finals the other evening at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LA Galaxy forward, Hurculez Gomez went up high competing for a ball against FC Dallas defender, David Wagenfuhr. I whipped my 600mm around and zeroed in.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/mjanosz/iblewit/

Nuts! Of course as always, the second shot of the sequence was dynamite!!
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 1:16 PM on 09.30.05
->> I no longer have it (deleted it) but when I just got the D2X I was shooting Star Jones and didn't realize I had the 2x crop feature on. I got a great shot of her 2 front, very white teeth. Nothing else, just 2 teeth.
Anyone know of a dental magazine that wants a nice tooth shot?
Debbie
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John David Emmett, Photographer
Fort Myers | Fl | United States | Posted: 3:31 PM on 09.30.05
->> Geoff Miller takes top honors.

On one of my very first assignments a long time ago, pre-digital. I rushed to a spot news event, had enough time to shoot about 30 frames before it was over and then realized there was no film in the camera.
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Tom Ervin, Photographer
Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 3:52 PM on 09.30.05
->> This is the ultimate screw-up. I had an exclusive to do a portrait of Al Davis and his mother for her birthday in the presidental suite in the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Got done and went to my carwent to get the film out of the camera and discovered no film.

That was bad enough to shoot with no film but it was Al Davis and his mother. I had to go back-up to the suite and take it like a reciever just dropping the
go ahead touchdown to win the superbowl with no time left.

It was brutal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Aaron Thompson, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | US | Posted: 4:10 PM on 09.30.05
->> This one happened when I was not working, but just at the game to try and shoot something different for myself.

www.sportsshooter.com/aaronthompson/blewit.html
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Lucas Jackson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 6:17 PM on 09.30.05
->> Mine involves the lack of a photograph as well. I was sitting in my apartment when friend called me letting me know of a huge RV fire about two blocks from my house. I was sitting on my couch editing at the time so I grabbed my camera, ran out the door, and down the block to shoot.

As I get there the fire department is just getting ready to hit the flames with water. I get down low so that the snaking hose is in the foreground leading to the lone firefighter and the 40ft tall flames and focus. I press the shutter and nothing happens! Crap, the shots I was editing were on the card from this camera and, you guessed it, the card was still in the reader at my Apt. I slammed an extra card in and brought the camera back up just as the water hit the flames and WHOOOOOSH the fire was out and I was enveloped in a thick, plastic smelling smoke. I managed to pull a silhouette shot of the guys hitting the smoldering frame with water but I sure missed out on the good shot. I still think about that every time I download images and take the card out right after I finish to put it back in the body.

That is the plus, it was a lesson that I use everyday to not screw up again.

But dang, woulda been sweet.
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 7:29 PM on 09.30.05
->> Aaron's link should read:

http://www.sportsshooter.com/aaronthompson/blewit
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Jim Davidson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 9:04 PM on 09.30.05
->> I still see red when I think of this one. It was post-game at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Tressel was standing beside the crystal ball and he was about to make a gesture to the crowd. I was waiting for the moment, when someone stuck their camera up in front of mine and I got this:

http://www.jimd.com/OSU/OSU-Miami-2299-small.jpg

Grrr...
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 10:30 PM on 09.30.05
->> "Geoff Miller takes top honors."

Thanks for the sympathy. I wrote the mishap off to new father-to-be jitters and the fact that we got to the hospital at around 1 AM. However, I also learned that the F3 tended to torque the film pretty hard and if you didn't jam that leader deep into the spool it could jump off on you. After never having a problem with that before in my life with other cameras, my F3 did it three times to me. I learned even more the importance of watching the rewind crank when loading a new roll.

As for my wife, she didn't really mind my goof... She wasn't exactly looking her best at the time. She was mostly humoring me.
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Chris Stanley, Photographer
Lansdale | PA | USA | Posted: 11:40 PM on 09.30.05
->> I'm so excited this thread is here, because I have a nice, fresh photo to contribute. Just took it tonight!

http://www.sportsshooter.com/cstanley/argh/pages/1.html
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Kevin Liles, Photographer
Griffin | GA | USA | Posted: 1:21 AM on 10.01.05
->> This is one of those threads that makes you happy and sick at the same time … good because you realize you're definitely not alone and sick because you remember all those "blown" shots. Here's a shot that I took tonight that was blown by a referee. Those guys come out of nowhere!

www.sportsshooter.com/kliles/blewit
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Gabriel Hernandez, Photographer
Harlingen | TX | USA | Posted: 1:34 AM on 10.01.05
->> Heres my "I Blew It". Happened tonight while I was shooting HS football.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/gabriher/snap/
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Nick Layman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Albuquerque | NM | | Posted: 1:38 AM on 10.01.05
->> This months weeks worth results. DOH!
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Mark J. Rebilas, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 2:18 AM on 10.01.05
->> My moment was after I invested close to 50K in camera gear thinking it was an investment! I think my profit has been 250 bucks this year! ugggghhh
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Craig Peterson, Photographer
St. Petersburg | FL | US | Posted: 9:34 AM on 10.01.05
->> Last year at the Capital One Bowl....National champs LSU vs. Iowa.

With seconds left, LSU scores to take the lead. For Iowa to win they must score a TD in less than 15 seconds.

I was in the LSU endzone and ran as fast as I could to the Iowa endzone, knowing they must throw a hail mary to win.

I was in perfect position.....Saw the quarterback drop back....Saw the receiver WIDE open......Put my center point directly on the receiver and let it rip as the receiver pulled in the touchdown pass for the win in the final seconds.

Fans and the rest of the Iowa team run onto the field in celebration.....What a rush, I have never experienced anything like this, and I was right in the middle of it.

In the excitement, I never chimped to see if I got the winning shot (assuming I got it), I just kept shooting the celebration.

To my dismay, when I got home and downloaded my images, I came to find that in the sequence of the touch down, the first four images were too soft to use. The most important one with the ball just inches from the receiver's hands.....The sequence did not come into focus until after the receiver had past me and run into the endzone......Aaaaack!

Needless to say I was sick to my stomach....The odds of that ever happening again are slim to none.

Well, thats my story....And I sure as hell blew it. I would post the pics, but I'm in Talladega right now and don't have them on my laptop.....I kept them just to remind me not to screw up again!

Craig
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Gary Brittain, Photographer
Richmond | VA | USA | Posted: 8:25 PM on 10.01.05
->> Here are 4 images from today's game.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/canonshooter/blewit/
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Gavin Werbeloff, Photographer, Student/Intern
Atlanta | GA | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 10.01.05
->> http://www.sportsshooter.com/gavinw/blewit/

Yeah, I was kicking my self looking my shots over from this game. The light was perfect, I was positioned well, I got the action. I just didn't get the ball.

Rather sheepish two years later. (It still haunts me in my dreams)
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Jamie Roper, Photographer
Hays | KS | United States | Posted: 10:58 PM on 10.01.05
->> man...there's so many to choose from...

one that comes to mind is not having the courage or moxy to shoot two very exhausted members of the punk band NOFX after they performed in 100+ degree heat several summers ago at an outdoor concert. i was shooting from stage left during the show and exited just before the band did. the two (Fat Mike and El Jefe) left the stage at the end of the set and collapsed together on a set of stairs leading to the stage. my camera was ready, my ego was not. i'm not doing the moment justice with words, but it was, well, very cute.
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Nick Doan, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 2:28 AM on 10.02.05
->> I just hate it when I move somewhere that I think is going to be a better position, and then I end up worse for it!

If I would have stayed on the sideline, instead of moving to the endzone, I might have had a great shot...

Instead I got this!

http://www.sportsshooter.com/nickdoan/badref

What you can't see is the USC Trojans wide receiver, Steve Smith, crunched in between the two Arizona State guys...
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Tuomo Tenhunen, Photographer
Lohja | Finland | Finland | Posted: 9:45 AM on 10.02.05
->> http://tte.erikoismiehet.net/einain.jpg
http://tte.erikoismiehet.net/z/ref.jpg

damn...
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jeff martin, Photographer
wellington | OH | usa | Posted: 10:32 AM on 10.02.05
->> Nick, it's hard to see where there is room for USC receiver in there. Jeff
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Liane Rebeka Gersich, Photographer
Naperville | IL | USA | Posted: 1:12 PM on 10.02.05
->> What a fantasic thread! I laughed so hard I think I coughed up a hairball.
I always take my little point and shoot out for my birthday and I accidentally hit the timer button last night. Yep, nice picture of my friend's and their thighs!
Freaking hilarious!
I couldn't throw it away, it makes me smile:)

http://www.sportsshooter.com/lano/poopie/
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 3:00 PM on 10.02.05
->> 1982, Time Magazine assignment. 10 of the wolds foremost wine experts, including The Baron de Rothchild and actor Wayne Rogers sampling 80 years of Rothchild wines in Ft worth Texas. Battery must have been low on my Hawk remote flash trigger so flash did not sync. 10 rolls color unusable. I was using new Nikon with higher 1/250 sec sync.
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Jake Schoellkopf, Photographer
Albuquerque | NM | USA | Posted: 4:48 PM on 10.02.05
->> I have never had an "I blew it" moment. I am perfect.

Just ask my wife.

My motto: "tomorrow is another day," as in "I screwed the pooch" pretty good today, so at least I have tomorrow to look forward to and forget about today.
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Westminster | MD | USA | Posted: 9:11 PM on 10.02.05
->> When I took so long to join SportsShooter. HA!

Other than that, I live the "Darwinian" life of what doens't kill me today makes me stronger for tomorrow. HA ha ha.

My success is built on a foundation of screw-ups from which I've have learned.
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:25 PM on 10.03.05
->> ... when I shared a helicopter with Jerry Garcia on the way to shoot a Greatful Dead concert and my only two lenses were a 400mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/2.8... Banking over the crowd with Jerry in the foreground looking down at the crowd/stage burned the image into my memory, but none of the readers of the Milwaukee Journal ever got to see it. Since then I have never left the office without a 28... Nice, small & compact cause you never know...
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David Griffin, Photographer, Photo Editor
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 11:08 PM on 10.03.05
->> Yesterday. I was the only shooter in the hole across from the start/finish line at Talladega. I was there by myself and left to go out to Turn 2. Two minutes later, the big one erupted in the tri-oval and Scott Riggs came barrel rolling by that hole. He stopped directly 30 yards from where I "should have been."
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Mark J. Rebilas, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 11:31 PM on 10.03.05
->> damn that sucks David, that crash was incredible. Did anyone get that?
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Justin Kase Conder, Photographer
Fresno | CA | USA | Posted: 12:53 AM on 10.04.05
->> I followed this recevier all the way down the field, was tack as could be... until it counted!

F!

http://lennon.csufresno.edu/~jkc26/F

Kase
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Mark Bolton, Photographer
Gilmanton Iron Works | NH | USA | Posted: 12:59 PM on 10.04.05
->> I am now being haunted by two images I wish I had.
Most recently I shot the Un. of New Hampshire vs. Dartmouth football game and blew it:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/msbphoto/missedit/pages/1.html

The second shot occured several years ago at a BMX race in Maine. I was winding down the shooting for the afternoon and walked down to the last turn of the race. I WATCHED as two racers came down the trail and took the turn, looking right at me. Well, they collided, got tangled, bikes, bodies went all over the place. A great shot--if I had the camera in front of my eye...
Still haunts me.
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Craig Peterson, Photographer
St. Petersburg | FL | US | Posted: 3:14 PM on 10.04.05
->> Since I'm home now, I'll post the images of my worst nightmare....

In the sequence of four images, the first one being most important, look at the next three carefully and you can CLEARLY see a block to the back which if called would have most likely ended the game for Iowa.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/sunsetway/iblewit/

It makes me sick to look at these again!
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Barbara Perenic, Photographer
Laramie | WY | USA | Posted: 6:29 PM on 10.04.05
->> Ah moments of brilliance...

http://www.sportsshooter.com/photobabe42/dangit/

It's kinda like the Bill Cosby sketch "A Nut in Every Car." I get at least one stellar one at every game.
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Mark D Murphy, Photographer
Blue Point | NY | USA | Posted: 7:03 PM on 10.04.05
->> While on assignment (1982)freelancing for a sailing magazine, I was competing in the "Around Long Island" sail race.

In a feeble attempt at doing two jobs, foredeck and photographer, the entire contents of my bag went overboard 10 miles off East Hampton in about 100' of water.

Would gladly trade the hardware for the chromes that went to the fishies.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:01 PM on 10.04.05
->> I love this thread. It's sad, funny and extremely human! It shows even the best of the best have the "I blew it moments" and it makes us feel...we are one, together.
I have another. (wow, I can't believe I am doing this AGAIN!)..it was 1987 and I was at the infamous Stone Pony nightclub in Asbury Park, NJ. It was the summer that I first saw, and photographed Bruce Springsteen there, and that was my dream back then. 3 weeks in a row, he "surprised" everyone by jumping on stage. I told myself for the first time I was going to shoot, then dance (if you call what I do dancing!) So there he is on stage, I am shooting, then dancing. He comes right over to me, looks at me, then at my camera which was hanging around my neck, and smiles, then repeats this several times. When he sees that I am not shooting, he yells "DEBBIE" (my photos were in the paper after each time he performed and being one of a few females in the front each time and the only one with a camera, I assume he figured out who I was since before this time I had never met him) so I take a bunch of photos. He says "thanks" and walks to the other part of the stage. I continue shooting, happy as can be at ALL THE GREAT shots I am getting. At one point, I think "wow, this roll is going on and on" and look down to see it at frame 36. I pop off a few more frames, and nothing happens. Looking around to make sure no one is watching me (why would they when Bruce Springsteen is on a tiny stage a few feet away?) I open up the back of Mr. Nikon to see...NO FILM! It took a few weeks before I admitted to some friends what I did, but the good thing is I NEVER did this again.
Good thing he played small clubs along the Jersey Shore that summer about 20 more times!

Debbie
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Chris Fuller, Photographer
Pine Beach | NJ | USA | Posted: 8:42 PM on 10.04.05
->> What a heart breaker Debbie. I think shooting photos of Bruce is still a lot of peoples dreams. I would love to do it, that's for sure. I programed my new Mark II N not to fire without a card. Now I just have to remember to bring the cards out of the house with me. Thanks for sharing.
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Gary Cosby, Jr, Photographer
Decatur | AL | USA | Posted: 10:06 PM on 10.04.05
->> This one will break your heart. About 13 years ago I rolled up on a house fire. I parked a block or two away and started to walk up with a Nikon F3 with an old 300 f4.5 on and an FM2 (with the MD12) and another lens, I dont' remember which. As I walked up the street to the fire, a screaming woman and a man holding a little boy are coming toward me. The man and boy look totally okay but the woman is deeply distraught. I could have shot a great picture right there with the fire in the back but I didn't. The lady was just too pitiful so I reached out to her as she came near and asked could I help her. In her emotional state, she knocked the F3 from my shoulder and it fell to the pavement with what Nikon called irreparable damage. As they passed, I noticed the little boys clothing had been burned. Now I could see they were walking toward an ambulance. I picked up the F3 and it wouldn't work at all. So I grabbed the FM2 and the cursed thing wouldn't fire a frame. I pounded on it, literally, until it would finally fire. By that time, they were in the ambulance and I had just missed the best picture of my career up to that point. The saddest part of the story is not the broken camera or the missed picture. The little boy had started the fire by knocking over a kerosene heater that the mother was using to cook on. There was no power in the house. About six months later, four children died in a fire in another part of town under eerily similar circumstances. I have wondered ever since if I had shot the picture if maybe a building inspector would have seen it and been able to shut down the other house before anyone died. I told you it was a heart breaker. If there is a moral to the story I guess it is that compassion takes many forms and among them is shooting pictures of people, even when they are highly distressed, may actually turn out to the benefit of everyone.
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