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HELP i've fallen and i can't get up...

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Sep 14, 2008 01:57 |  #1

ok so this time i actually could get up again... but i am curious to hear all about people's most memorable (or most recent) accidents while holding or carrying a camera or other gear. these can include falling, dropping, tripping, throwing/missing... etc

today, at a private baby shower/bbq, i was backing up to fit a shot into the frame; stepped sideways into an unseen child's bike... totally lost my balance and went straight down into the bike; then performed some kind of automatic tuck & roll and ended up lying on my back beside it - while holding my 40D + 50mm! i can vouch for the hand-strap's value: even though my whole right arm went somehow into the bike frame and hit the ground, the strap provided sufficient extra grip that i did not drop the camera or smack it on anything, and the only 'damage' it sustained was a scrape of red paint on the edge of the lens filter. my arm feels bruised and my back is sore, but you can't tell by looking.

this was my first total FAIL at taking a shot, felt pretty stink but very pleased to report such minimal casualty. everyone watching were totally unsurprised to see me raise my camera to eye level while still lying in a heap on the ground to check whether it was hurt! :lol:

post your own stories! & include photos of damage/injury if relevant...

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Sep 14, 2008 01:59 |  #2

Well I was shooting a football game (America Football) last night, I was looking through the view finder and the players kept getting closer to me. I quickly realize they wer coming straight for me. Talk about a dance move. It was funny. The radio guy sure made issue of it. Fortunatley I did not get flattened but it was close.

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Sep 14, 2008 07:39 |  #3

I remember once trying to frame a group shot for my family, backing up to frame them better, tripping, and falling into a wheelbarrel. That was embarrasing...

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Sep 14, 2008 07:41 |  #4

I was shooting at the lake and Was on a boat, was putting away my camera, we hit a small bump and the camera went out of my hands and I caught it by the neck strap right before it when for alittle swim

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Sep 14, 2008 08:03 as a reply to  @ canonnoob's post |  #5

I ended up with a basketball referee in my lap.

Good thing I was shooting with the "brick" at the time. ;)

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Sep 14, 2008 17:00 as a reply to  @ dave kadolph's post |  #6

i fell down in the mud straight on my butt while walking with a school headmaster across the field to the portrait shooting location... camera didn't get muddy when i fell, but when i tried to use it to take the shots... it did :(

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Sep 14, 2008 17:05 |  #7

I was in Italy a couple of years ago. We were just walking into a town and my wife pointed up to some flags on a building. Naturally I looked up and walked straight into a 3 foot bollard! It drew blood and I still have a scar there. Camera remained uninjured though!

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Sep 14, 2008 17:11 |  #8

I was crossing a county road at night and fell into a muddy ditch. I got cut, bruised and muddy from foot to high waist my camera was just muddy.

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Sep 14, 2008 17:15 |  #9

This doesn't really qualify for the thread, I'm afraid. But it was funny.

Riding with my friend Beth on a very nice mountain road, I pulled over at a wide spot for a break. Beth grabbed the front brake a little hard. Oops!

Me: "You hurt ???"
Beth: "Nope."
Me: "Stay put until I get my camera out!!!" :lol:

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Me: "OK, now let's see some arms and legs in the air like you've just fallen..."

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Beth: "Dammit, help me pick the damn thing up!" :lol:

At least she didn't take me down with her. :cool:


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Sep 14, 2008 17:20 |  #10

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Twisted my ankle on this

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ended up with this

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The 5D & 50mm L survived with minimal damage.

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