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Sep 08, 2013 19:52 |  #1

I went on a pelagic birding trip on the weekend and racked up so many lifers, but I was quite annoyed when I got back home and realized many of my moving bird shots were OOF. Taking shots in a pitching boat was hard enough, but it turned out that I had switched my camera sometime last week from AI servo to one shot focus. so here I was on the boat, happily holding the BB focus down and tracking birds, expecting the camera to be adjusting focus when it really wasn't. Only later when I was puzzling over why my shots weren't coming out as sharp as I had expected did I realize this.

Damn, damn.... lesson learnt! I will spend an extra 2 minutes every time ensuring that nothing boneheaded has been set up on the camera.

Anyone else experience something like this, when a great photo opportunity has been affected by such boneheadedness?


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Sep 08, 2013 19:56 |  #2

A few years ago I forgot to change the ISO from ISO 3200 on a 5d classic.

I wondered when I got back from my shoot why every pic had so much noise until I checked the camera settings. :lol:


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Sep 08, 2013 20:01 |  #3

That's why you get a magic drainpipe and 50mm 1.8 like me. If you don't hear the glass constantly and annoyingly slamming together on servo, you know you have a problem ;)


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Sep 08, 2013 20:07 |  #4

My favourite is forgetting to shift back from 2 second delay when I take the camera off the tripod - there's nothing so awkward as standing waiting for the 2 second timer to runout, trying to maintain composition. Luckily, though, you know immediately.


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Sep 08, 2013 20:11 |  #5

dodgyexposure wrote in post #16280007 (external link)
My favourite is forgetting to shift back from 2 second delay when I take the camera off the tripod - there's nothing so awkward as standing waiting for the 2 second timer to runout, trying to maintain composition. Luckily, though, you know immediately.

Try 10 second haha! I was trying to get artsy selfies at night and forgot to switch it off the next day. Thankfully after about 6 seconds I figured out hitting the AF Drive button cancels the 10 second delay.


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Sep 08, 2013 20:12 |  #6

haha... done both of those except with 1600 iso, although I have had the awkward task on more than one occasion to ask my subjects to hold their poses for 10 seconds because I had just been part of the previous photo with th 10 second timer!

Edit: Jarvis, you posted just as I was typing my response. Great tip, didn't know that one.


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Sep 08, 2013 22:52 |  #7

I was all set to take pictures of my daughter running a marathon and it turned out to be a dreary, dark day with occasional light rain. Not bad weather for a marathon but not the greatest lighting for photography. I was having trouble getting a shutter speed fast enough to prevent camera motion and struggled the whole race. After the race I realized the ISO was set on 100. I spent a lot of years shooting film and sometimes forget that with digital I can change ISO from shot to shot instead of from roll to roll.


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Sep 09, 2013 02:41 as a reply to  @ Sparky98's post |  #8

I often forget to turn off the 2 second timer, or worse.. MLU! :mad:


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Sep 09, 2013 03:18 |  #9

I often forget to take it out of bulb mode after doing long exposures. Get some lovely blurred shots until that is corrected.


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Sep 09, 2013 05:41 as a reply to  @ Shake N Vac's post |  #10

Spent an hour shooting street photos. I obviously had the wrong settings as people kept shouting out that my photos were over exposed. Only later did I realise I had forgotten to adjust my zipper.


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Sep 09, 2013 19:21 as a reply to  @ Dan Marchant's post |  #11

Sparky98 wrote in post #16280397 (external link)
I was all set to take pictures of my daughter running a marathon and it turned out to be a dreary, dark day with occasional light rain. Not bad weather for a marathon but not the greatest lighting for photography. I was having trouble getting a shutter speed fast enough to prevent camera motion and struggled the whole race. After the race I realized the ISO was set on 100. I spent a lot of years shooting film and sometimes forget that with digital I can change ISO from shot to shot instead of from roll to roll.

That was the biggest adjustment for me also. Can't tell you how many times after the fact I would say "OOH... I coulda changed the ISO (aka ASA)!" It took me about a year to get used to that as being a user-changeable setting.


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Sep 09, 2013 19:24 |  #12

dodgyexposure wrote in post #16280007 (external link)
My favourite is forgetting to shift back from 2 second delay when I take the camera off the tripod - there's nothing so awkward as standing waiting for the 2 second timer to runout, trying to maintain composition. Luckily, though, you know immediately.

I do that all the time. At least I'm not usually in a crowded place when I do it though. I look awkward as my camera is beeping away sounding like a bomb for about 10 seconds (I use the remote shutter release).


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Sep 09, 2013 23:31 as a reply to  @ Luxornv's post |  #13

I'm no longer ashamed to chimp. Take a coupe of shots, check exposure, check focus at 10x zoom, make sure SS is high enough ect..

Only when I've been taking a bunch that are coming out well will I stop checking. Yup, I occasionally miss a shot, but I think overall I do better than trusting my settings.


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Sep 10, 2013 00:21 |  #14

KirkS518 wrote in post #16283144 (external link)
That was the biggest adjustment for me also. Can't tell you how many times after the fact I would say "OOH... I coulda changed the ISO (aka ASA)!" It took me about a year to get used to that as being a user-changeable setting.

It's been interesting and a bit entertaining to observe the transition from film to digital!

In fact, and interesting "case in point" was the history of Peterson's "Understanding Exposure"!

He wrote the original when he was shooting film, and then when he worked up the Second Edition he had begun working with digital and he included some digital "stuff" in it.

It was the Second Edition that I bought, but I had already begun shooting digital, and some stuff "stood out", among other things the fact that he had not factored in an understanding of "digital ISO"! I noted that, tried to "spread the word", but in the meantime he wrote up a Third Edition and I've been told that it's a lot better for the "digital realm"!


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Sep 10, 2013 00:40 |  #15

I missed the 1st and 2nd editions of this book. The 3rd edition is pretty much caught up digital-wise.


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