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Thread started 19 Oct 2014 (Sunday) 13:16
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So, you want to be a wildlife photographer, Rule #1

Red ­ Dexs
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Oct 24, 2014 04:13 |  #16

Snatched my camera bag, then a one hour walk through blistering heat to my friends farm only to find I have left the camera at home.

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Oct 24, 2014 05:25 |  #17

I have extra cards in a holder... in my camera bag. This, of course, will not prevent some of the experiences above (leaving a camera at home, instead of it being in said bag).

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Oct 24, 2014 06:53 |  #18

bigjohninva wrote in post #17221813 (external link)
Been there done that.

Yupe. I was asked to photograph a basketball traing session, with a highly regraded trainer who was hired just for that one day. About 150 kids showed up. And yours truly had left the memory card in the reader. :oops:

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Oct 25, 2014 16:03 |  #19

Ug.... Moved to Colorado this past February, and couldn't wait to photograph the wildlife. Moved to the foothills of Fort Collins where a Bear frequents the dumpster. I FINALLY was awake when he came by. Grabbed the 7D and headed up there. Here I was 50 feet from him. SNAP.... "NO CARD". AHHHHH! I was on the other side of the house the night before shooting a bobcat. Never replaced the card. Haven't seen the big ol' bruin since. :-(

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Oct 28, 2014 01:44 |  #20

That's why I keep a SD card baggie in my camera bag. It houses 4 or 5 different SD cards. Even if I happen to leave my large card at home accidentally (it happens to the best of us) I find comfort in the fact that there are many smaller cards in my bag.

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Oct 30, 2014 14:23 |  #21

I always have two cards and two batteries. When one come out the other goes in. On the occasion where I need to charge both I leave the door open until one is back in. Now if I could find a solution to the leaving the camera out of the bag I would be all set. Just leaving the cover open on the bag isn't enough given I have closed the bag and headed out with the camera out.

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Oct 30, 2014 15:20 as a reply to  @ post 17229763 |  #22

...not sure what's worse, leaving the card at home or the camera!!! :eek: I've never done that before!!!

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Oct 30, 2014 15:36 |  #23

did that on a hot day, brought a selection of my gear except the card. And as I used a secondary bag, no extra card holder with me either.

Love the story of the missing bike on the roof, LOL. Totally could happen to me. Reminds me of the story of somebody spending hours making a fine stock at home, then straining it. Into the sink....

Or myself standing in the checkout line at the supermarket with a full cart, while my wallet comfortably rested on my desk at home...

And yes, nowadays when I take the card out I leave the little door open until I put a new card in.

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Oct 30, 2014 15:50 |  #24

I thought the first rule of wildlife photography was not to get eaten by the wildlife. :)

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Oct 30, 2014 16:08 |  #25

wcleung wrote in post #17222184 (external link)
Use a USB cable to transfer the images and never take the card out. Debbie

Slow. Just remember to put them back in. Or always keep extras in the camera bag. It really isn't that hard.

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Oct 31, 2014 06:21 |  #26

joedlh wrote in post #17242323 (external link)
I thought the first rule of wildlife photography was not to get eaten by the wildlife. :)

That probably is a pretty good rule. And remember, you don't have to be able to outrun the bear, just outrun the person you're with.;)

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Oct 31, 2014 07:11 |  #27

Terry McDaniel wrote in post #17221583 (external link)
Sitting in my tree stand this AM, saw the most perfect spiderweb, lighted by the rising sun. Grabbed camera, no card.:cry:

Card is still in computer at home.

ALWAYS have multiple cards (for situations like this).

I have 4x 16GB cards myself.

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Oct 31, 2014 09:03 |  #28

After doing this several times I picked up a couple of straps that have a zippered card hold built into the strap. That way, when I forget to put a card in the camera I can just open the pouch and find that I forgot to put one there as well.​/photos/22055591@N05/a​lbums (external link)

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Oct 31, 2014 09:51 |  #29

WhidbeyHiker wrote in post #17222099 (external link)
I've driven 20 miles for a mountain bike ride..... with an empty bike rack on the roof.

LMAO. That sucks.

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Nov 01, 2014 08:11 as a reply to  @ ID rocks's post |  #30

you guy are funny! BTW how old are you guys? I'm 57 and it seems like when ever I need something its in my other car. Guess I need to put everything in one car, that way I have everything or nothing.

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