Bad Camera Day

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by nippa, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Can't say I've had one of these before but everything I tried to shoot today seemed to go wrong.
    I was visiting a partly restored Franciscan Church on the East side of Manchester UK where the interiors were quite dark.
    Firstly I started shooting with my FF Sony as JPEG only having completely forgotten to reset the camera after mucking about the other day. I didn't discover this until I got home.
    Then I started shooting with my X100S and was half way through before I realised that I was overexposing every shot.
    I'm supposed to do better than this. I guess I was having another senior moment.
    Anyway it was an odd experience all round in a very odd building.


    Gorton Monastry
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Messing around and forgetting to change the settings back? Been there many times. Exposure Comp. is a common mis-setting, but modern cameras can be pretty forgiving if you shoot in RAW. So just don't make these two mistakes on the same camera.:wink:
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  3. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Leaving the self-timer switched on by accident is my party trick. The symptoms are that the next time you try to take a picture, the camera appears to have locked up. You keep pressing the shutter release but nothing happens. While you think about taking the battery out to reset the camera, it takes a picture of your feet.

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  4. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    A bad day out taking pictures is better than a good day at work! :D
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  5. I did this one a couple of weeks ago

  6. You still got some nice images.:)
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  7. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Maybe I'm just getting old but I can't remember having had any of these issues with my film cameras. Exposure time - aperture - focus - snap. They never got in the way, and that's what I miss the most.
    Nice shots, btw.
  8. Many people shooting film would take more time so that you would not get your photos fron thu developer and throw away 1/2 of them.
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    The curse of automation. When something that used to do one thing now does many things, the chances of something going wrong or user error definitely goes up. That is one of the reasons I love shooting with my Nikon Df. No video, exposure dials on the body, it just shoots, gets out of my way and doesn't confuse me with different modes.
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    IMHO Dennis, when you end up with fine photographs like the two you posted above, no point in complaining about how horribly you messed up the process of getting them! Whether it's a testament to the incredibly recovery possible with modern cameras, your skills as a photographer, your skills as a photo-processor, or any combination of the above, if you end up with a few keepers from the day, it was a GOOD camera day! That's my take on it in any case. There was a time when any slight mistake in exposure would result in something pretty close to unusable drek. Today, you have to miss by a HUGE amount to not be able to get a fine photograph out of a merely sort of OK file. Based on the results, I'd say you've done pretty well here!

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  11. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Very nice shots, and extremely interesting to see that in a restored state. I used to pass by quite often as I travelled on the bus around the east side of Manchester when I was a lad, travelling between my house in Denton and various aunts and uncles round Gorton, Clayton and Collyhurst, and it was in quite a bad way if I remember correctly. Not sure about the wooden cladding but restorers seem to like this juxtaposition of old and new these days, in fact I believe planners often insist on it.
  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Having the wrong file type selected is unfortunately something thay can be easily missed. I did it once after I got a camera back from repair and which had been reset to the factory defaults. Accidentally under or over exposing a whole series of images on a digital camera seems a little more difficult to accomplish however (exposure preview, instant review, etc).
  13. Livnius

    Livnius Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    I've had bad camera days....packed my gear, sat on the train headed into the city, got off in the heart of the downtown area....only to then discover that on this day and without having fired a single shot, that I just couldn't be f.....d !
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  14. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I think that I remember once grabbing a camera to take out with me just in case, and discovering later on that it had no memory card in it.
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  15. greyelm

    greyelm All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    I've been there, I've done that, usually by knocking the exposure comp dial on my Fuji X-E1 (I've now protected the dial with a temporary fix).

    I remember a couple of years ago I watched a video podcast by a professional photographer (I can't remember who) who, when asked for tips, said to always leave the camera on auto everything so that it is ready for for those unrepeatable opportunities. His premise was that you could often fix shortcomings in PP. I try to do this but sometimes I forget.
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  16. grillec

    grillec Veteran

    Jan 16, 2014
    I've set the ISO settings at my A7 on the scroll dial and normally it is set to 'auto'. One unnoticed click changed this to ISO50 and I often had wondered why the exposure time is so bad after a few shots.
    The problem with the exposure compensation dial is well known to me on all Fuji in my possession. Especially after a quick draw out of the camera bag.
  17. or the battery has gone flat, and you did put it on the charger the night before and you didnt remember to take it off before you left and the spares are in the other bag.
  18. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Evidently it's on a list of the World's 100 most "at risk" buildings along with the Taj Mahal .. can you believe it?
    Favoured by Prince Charles and the Queen it's to have a rebuild at the front where the Friar's accommodation used to be.
    Now used for Business Conferences and Weddings. High Victorian Gothic Architecture .. must be an acquired taste.
  19. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Veteran

    Aug 26, 2012
    Changsha, Hunan, China
    I've done this before. It's not so bad in China. As long as you are in a city, there will be a place close by to purchase another card.
  20. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    One of the things that drives me nuts, is all the setting I do not normally use seem to change between photo events, it happens to all of us