What life changing moments,do you wish you had photographed muchbetter ?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Colin, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Colin

    Colin Guest

    What (serious or humorous) past or present life-changing moments
    you've experienced so far, would you most like to have (or have had)
    professionally captured on film properly or much better, that for some
    reason you didn't, or if you did or anyone did so for you, it was done
    in a very mediocre manner for some reason and please why, for anything
    Colin, Dec 18, 2008
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    PixelPix Guest

    Not life changing for me, but certainly for those onboard...


    This is the shot that got away :(

    I was busy shooting a landscape in AV mode (f22), when out the corner
    of my eye I saw this wave about to CLOBBER this boat. The 1st reflex
    was to turn and shoot.... the 2nd was to look and see if I caught the
    action.... the 3rd was to realise that I was in AV.... the 4th was to
    cry :(

    1/20th @ f22 ...bummer!

    PixelPix, Dec 18, 2008
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  3. Now, if the skipper knew what he was doing, he'd have met the breaker
    square on, and applied power at the right time, and got through it with
    out flipping or overwash. Did he?
    The only time I witnessed a boat capsizing was one leaving Ft.
    Lauderdale in a storm. The guy wimped on the power, the boat yawed, and
    was soon filled with water. A boat about the size of your picture's.
    John McWilliams, Dec 18, 2008
  4. Hmmm. Wet experience??

    Of course, the size, weight and power of the vessel and even its hull's
    shape, have to be in some proportion to the size and shape of wave. And
    harbor entrances tend to be the worst when the tide's on the ebb,
    there's a high onshore wind and sea, and rapidly shallowing bottoms
    funneling into a channel.
    John McWilliams, Dec 18, 2008
  5. Colin

    PixelPix Guest

    The boat landed vertical and it capsized backwards.

    The best option would have been for the skipper to actually stop
    before the seaway and look for a while. This would have given him a
    better understanding of the conditions and allowed him to time his run
    better. Having not done that he put himself in the wrong place at
    the wrong time... that said, he still should have been able to
    recognise what the wave was gunna do and had enough time to turn and
    run back or perhaps even sideways to a non-breaking section of the

    The trouble is that once you blow those chances you just gotta take
    what hit's you. Bow in, a little momentum (NOT speed) and throttle at
    the right time to punch "through" would have been his best chance here
    (it looks like he carried way to much speed), but considering the wave
    and the size of his boat, he was most likely stuffed anyway. A far
    worse outcome would have been to get carried backwards by the wave and
    go over the falls.... this would have seen boat and people get bashed
    together and ultimately end up on the rocks. As it was, the boat
    effectively landed in "calm water" and the 4 POB could climb onto the
    upturned hull and wait for rescue. Luckily I had my phone and I
    called out one of my boats (I was a Snr. Rescue Skipper & Coordinator
    at the time) and they were picked up in less than 2 minutes.

    PixelPix, Dec 19, 2008
  6. Colin

    PixelPix Guest

    Actually yes I did. I saw him enter the seaway some 1200m back and I
    thought nothing of it and turned back to continue my landscape shot.
    It was not long after this that he entered my peripheral.... so I am
    very certain that he did not take to the time to sit and watch.

    This was not a rogue wave.... during the sets these things lined up in
    plain view. Again if he had taken the time to monitor conditions he
    could have easily avoided the larger sets.

    Agreed, but only as a last resort.... the better option (time/vessel/
    conditions permitting) is to turn tail and run back to safer water.
    Being very experienced with these condition on this very seaward
    entrance, it is my opinion that he would have had the time..... it's
    just that he did not read the signs early enough.

    PixelPix, Dec 19, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Not exactly life changing but....
    I was at the L.A. zoo shooting the rears of a mother & daughter rhinoceros.
    The keeper advised me I was standing too close and they might let go. I
    moved to set up my tripod a few yards further away when some woman stood
    right where I had been. I told her what the keeper had said, but she said
    she would stand wherever she wanted and it was too f---kin bad if I wanted a
    picture. I started moving my tripod when my now hoped for, inevitable
    happened. I was too busy laughing and missed the shot.
    Peter, Dec 19, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    PixelPix wrote,on my timestamp of 19/12/2008 11:53 AM:

    Was this taken in the Narooma or Bermagui bar?
    Noons, Dec 19, 2008
  9. Colin

    PixelPix Guest

    Gold Coast Seaway. (Southport, Queensland, Australia for our non-
    aussie friends)
    PixelPix, Dec 19, 2008
  10. Colin

    Noons Guest

    PixelPix wrote,on my timestamp of 19/12/2008 6:23 PM:
    Ah yes, thanks. Was going to say I've seen a
    lot worse than this in the other two. Hope
    the guys in the boat ended up ok.
    Noons, Dec 19, 2008
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    Chris H Guest

    I agree... Besides cameras lie. My memory is far more accurate :)
    Chris H, Dec 19, 2008
  12. Colin

    Peter Guest

    Besides, few can prove it wrong, ;-0
    Peter, Dec 19, 2008
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    Chris H Guest

    And those that can must have doctored the pictures in photoshop....
    Chris H, Dec 19, 2008
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    mianileng Guest

    Too bad you missed the shot. I'd love to see it. Served her
    mianileng, Dec 20, 2008
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