aero145
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I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:14 am

Hello fellas,

I want to tell you my spotting day today:

I went shooting just before noon, biked where the biz-jets are on RKV, and shot them, there was no problem. I biked home again, put 20D's battery in the charger, and went survin' A.net. When I thought it was time to go to the airport again, I put my 20D in its bag, checked if the Ixus i and phone were in my trouser-pockets, and biked to the airport. I saw that Dagfinnur Stefansson, the owner of the ex-German Air Force Do-27, TF-LDS, was preparing to go for a flight. I asked if I could go with him, and he said no problem. I put my bike inside his hangar and then we started the engine and so so so..you know how it works when you're going for a flight.
While climbing away from runway 01, I saw a beautiful view of the city on the right, so I rushed to take my 20D out of the bag, and then focused and shot But... Nothing happened! I tried again, but same thing. I then openedrnthe battery-door, and saw that there was no battery inside! I had forgotten it in the charger! I went mad (of course inside me )! I found the Ixus i in the pocket, so I tried to use that for photograph the beautiful view. We then flew over South-Iceland, and landed at Fludir airport. The pilot's friend was there and went with us to look at the town. It was fine, and then we flew over Geitamelur on our way to Mulakot. There, we wrote TF-LDS and our names in the guest book, and the pilot made himself a coffee. I talked to one guy I know which was plantingrnsome plants near his apartment. One our later, LDS' pilot and me went to Litlioddi, a beautiful little private airport near Hella. There, the airport's owner took us to his house where we drunk coffee and milk and ate cookies. After 1 and half hour there, we went home to Reykjavik. All this trip took about 6.5 hours.

Then I came home, and thought of how stupid I was of forgetting the battery in the charger, as I could have made loads of superb shots on this trip.

So for any photographer: NEVER FORGET YOUR BATTERY IN THE CHARGER, WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING!

Please tell us of similar stories...

Regards,
David

PS: Here is the aircraft at Mulakot airport in 2005 with some info:


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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:21 am

Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter):
Please tell us of similar stories...

Fortunately I do not have any.  Wink
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:24 am

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 1):
Fortunately I do not have any. Wink

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You're very lucky!

-D
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:26 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 2):
You're very lucky!

Well, I wouldnt call it being lucky.  Wink
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:27 am

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 3):
Well, I wouldnt call it being lucky. Wink

All right... Should I then say: "You're a genius which doesn't forget anything and takes superb photos" ???
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:31 am

I once took about 300 photos at ISO 1600. I wasn't very happy when I got home.

I learned though, and check all the settings of my camera every time I shoot.

Harry
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:31 am

Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter):
the airport's owner took us to his house where we drunk coffee and milk and ate cookies.

sounds lovely up in iceland!

Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter):
I asked if I could go with him, and he said no problem.

if only i had thought to ask old trumpy last week...

but storys yes.

well not batterys i'm normally ok with them. compact flash card on the other hand...

after a trip i take it out and put it into a little card reader in the back of my laptop to download them to the computer. fine and dandy, until something is about to land at the hospital or a urgent gulfstream comes in and i rush out with my bag all prepared, take a shot, check it on the lcd..... to be confronted by the ''NO CF CARD'' banner over the middle of it.....

heart does indeed sink.  Sad
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:31 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
All right... Should I then say: "You're a genius which doesn't forget anything and takes superb photos" ???

Or maybe "He's a guy who thought it worthwhile to buy a spare battery to put in his camera while recharging the first one."  Smile
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:33 am

Jeez I thought you had hit the booze when I read the title!

You probably would have if you didn't have the ixus!!!

Regards

John
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Mon May 08, 2006 5:34 am

Gary: This is similar, and sounds sad!
Yes... Iceland can be nice. Especially in 18°C temperature, which is over the summer average temperature, when it's only spring!

Kukkudrill: Well, I've thought of buying a new battery, but my budged doesn't like that, batteries are so expensive!

-David
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:35 am

Quoting Jat74l (Reply 8):
Jeez I thought you had hit the booze when I read the title!

You probably would have if you didn't have the ixus!!!

Regards

John

Oh yes, that is right. My Ixus can often be called a "photograph saver".  Wink  Smile

However, I'd stick to the 20D.  Smile

Regards,
David  bouncy 
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:38 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 5):
I once took about 300 photos at ISO 1600. I wasn't very happy when I got home.

Sorry to hear this David... for sure you'll never forget from now on..
About the ISO I had same problem as Harry. You finish like an idiot, I even was amazed how fast I was shooting! The 10D doesn't shows the ISO settings in the viewfinder..

Cheers

Enrique
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:41 am

Quoting Mygind66 (Reply 11):
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 5):
I once took about 300 photos at ISO 1600. I wasn't very happy when I got home.

Sorry to hear this David... for sure you'll never forget from now on..
About the ISO I had same problem as Harry. You finish like an idiot, I even was amazed how fast I was shooting! The 10D doesn't shows the ISO settings in the viewfinder..

Cheers

Enrique

Hi Enrique. I had the same problem when spotting on 31th of March this year. The camera was 99% of the time on ISO 800!  Sad

The 30D does show ISO settings on the viewfinder, but not on the little screen...

-David
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:50 am

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 5):
I once took about 300 photos at ISO 1600.

Need help with post-processing them Harry?  Wink
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 6:11 am

I had a recent flight from a grass airfield with an opportunity to photograph Durham and it's cathedral - but had no card in the camera.
Always carry a spare battery and card in your pocket, not just in your camera bag, but even then you have to be sure the battery is charged!

Malcolm.
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 6:13 am

Quoting Malandan (Reply 14):
I had a recent flight from a grass airfield with an opportunity to photograph Durham and it's cathedral - but had no card in the camera.
Always carry a spare battery and card in your pocket, not just in your camera bag, but even then you have to be sure the battery is charged!

Malcolm.

Durham... Hmm, sounds like an airport with many old aircraft...

At least, this was sad!

What type of camera do you use?

Regards,
Daviid
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting INNflight (Reply 13):
Need help with post-processing them Harry?

If you can figure out how to recover deleted files you can have a go at them.  Wink

Harry
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 6:48 am

When I read the thread title I wondered if this was about how much booze you had been drinking today Big grin
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 6:58 am

David,
there is no airport in close proximity to the city of Durham, the nearest being over 20 miles to the south, what used to be known as Teeside but for commercial reasons, the name was changed recently to Durham Tees Valley.
Sadly we have no sizeable aviation museum in the North of England and in terms of live warbird activity we have Austers, Pups, Moths, Chipmunks etc, mostly aircraft capable of using grass strips. The preferable places to view them are to the south in North Yorkshire at places such as Breighton and Sherburn in Elmet.
Like so many others I now use a 20D with a 17-85mm IS for ground shots and a 100-400mm IS which I am just about getting to grips with.

I feel a coming plug on!


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I also have a Canon Powershot Pro 1 which has a hingeable LCD viewfinder - very handy for taking cockpit shots from outside of the aircraft.

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 7:09 am

Sounds familiar, I've been at CGN with flat batteries. I now have no less then 8! of them, so even if I find 2 that are not charged, I have plenty left.
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 7:27 am

Yeah I did that today, fortunately it was only some wildlife in my Garden, but I was pretty pissed when I got back downstairs and set up for a lovely shot and then realised the CF card was still upstairs in the reader. Grrrr!!!

Dan Smile
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 7:44 am

Quoting LGW (Reply 17):
When I read the thread title I wondered if this was about how much booze you had been drinking today Big grin

Haha! I drink, but not alcohol.  Smile

Quoting Malandan (Reply 18):
David,
there is no airport in close proximity to the city of Durham, the nearest being over 20 miles to the south, what used to be known as Teeside but for commercial reasons, the name was changed recently to Durham Tees Valley.
Sadly we have no sizeable aviation museum in the North of England and in terms of live warbird activity we have Austers, Pups, Moths, Chipmunks etc, mostly aircraft capable of using grass strips. The preferable places to view them are to the south in North Yorkshire at places such as Breighton and Sherburn in Elmet.
Like so many others I now use a 20D with a 17-85mm IS for ground shots and a 100-400mm IS which I am just about getting to grips with.

I feel a coming plug on!



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I also have a Canon Powershot Pro 1 which has a hingeable LCD viewfinder - very handy for taking cockpit shots from outside of the aircraft.

Malcolm.

Thanks for this, Malcom. I share with you the 20D and 17-85mm IS lens (an amazing combo  Wink) and my friend will come with a BG-E2 grip from England this week. 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS is a very good lens, nice to see that you have it.

You maybe know that PowerShot Pro1's lens is an L lens?  Wink

Regards,
David
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 8:29 am

I thought this was a thread about drinking at first Big grin

On Thursday I nipped down to DSA for half an hour to see an An12 that had been in and I realised both my batteries were pretty much flat, so as a bit annoyed. Normally I put them on charge as soon as I get in, so they are ready for next time, but I must have forgotten on Good Friday, the last time I went out.

In the end, I ran for half a mile down the side of the perimeter fence to see it parked in front of me, but it had started and moved as I was 50yds away. Of course, by then I was miles away to see it take off and couldn't get back in time. A complete balls-up, but as I've just said in another thread, you win some, you lose some.

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 9:17 am

About a month ago on a Friday night, I had just about given up plans to get in an early-Saturday morning shoot at DAL. The forecast was calling for cloudy weather and I wanted no part of that.

Woke up fairly early the next morning and checked my weather radio to decide whether to climb out of bed. Amazingly, the sky was clear. I practically jumped into my jeans, threw down breakfast, grabbed my camera bag, and headed out the door for the 50-minute drive to the airport.

I was gonna shoot from the parking garage, so I got my ticket and pulled into my favorite spot. This was going to be great! I unzipped my camera bag and discovered...there was no camera. I had taken it out the night before to pull the battery and charge it. I had not retrieved either item or even thought of them.

My wife thought it was funny. She just doesn't get it.

But I think I cured myself. I now triple-check everything.
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Mon May 08, 2006 4:51 pm

Quoting Sleekjet (Reply 23):
About a month ago on a Friday night, I had just about given up plans to get in an early-Saturday morning shoot at DAL. The forecast was calling for cloudy weather and I wanted no part of that.

Woke up fairly early the next morning and checked my weather radio to decide whether to climb out of bed. Amazingly, the sky was clear. I practically jumped into my jeans, threw down breakfast, grabbed my camera bag, and headed out the door for the 50-minute drive to the airport.

I was gonna shoot from the parking garage, so I got my ticket and pulled into my favorite spot. This was going to be great! I unzipped my camera bag and discovered...there was no camera. I had taken it out the night before to pull the battery and charge it. I had not retrieved either item or even thought of them.

My wife thought it was funny. She just doesn't get it.

But I think I cured myself. I now triple-check everything.

That's sad, Sleekjet! Forgetting the camera itself. I think you have learned now to never forget to look in the bag, double-check.  Smile

I'm still pissed after yesterday... Sad

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:04 pm

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 21):
You maybe know that PowerShot Pro1's lens is an L lens?

Yes, it has an f2.4-f3.5 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) non interchangeable lens so no sensor dust blobs, the only drawback being slow focus but overall it's a very good camera and produces excellent results.

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 5:07 pm

Quoting Sleekjet (Reply 23):
there was no camera.

a CF card or a battery is one thing, but the whole camera!  wideeyed 

i normally enjoy lifting up my camerabag with no camera in it because it weighs like 1/2 tonne lighter than with it in. manage to notice there's something fishy going on...
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 8:35 pm

So you had a fantastic day flying all over Iceland and drinking free coffee and you are pissed?!!!! Strange, to say the least... Too much coffee maybe?

Cheers

j
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 8:52 pm

Quoting Javibi (Reply 27):
So you had a fantastic day flying all over Iceland and drinking free coffee and you are pissed?!!!!

Not just coffee, but also milk and cookies!
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 11:21 pm

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 24):
That's sad, Sleekjet! Forgetting the camera itself. I think you have learned now to never forget to look in the bag, double-check.

Forgetting the whole camera and remembering the camera but forgetting the batteries is all the same.  Silly
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 11:30 pm

Quoting Javibi (Reply 27):
So you had a fantastic day flying all over Iceland and drinking free coffee and you are pissed?!!!! Strange, to say the least... Too much coffee maybe?

Cheers

j

Javier,

I'm pissed because I couldn't make good shots, my Ixus i is good, but not when it's not very sunny and especially not for wing-shots. The flight made me made me a little less pissed, but still, that I couldn't take; maybe amazing shots, that made me pissed. I don't drink coffee yet, I'm only 13 years old, but I drunk léttmjólk (Icelandic name for low-fat milk) and ate nice cookies. You would have enjoyed sitting in the airport owner's summerhouse and look out of the window and see the beautiful birds and hear them sing when the door was opened.  Smile

Now, I'm not so pissed... But I have to go for a flight like this again, with the 20D.  Wink

Regards,
David
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 11:43 pm

Luckly, I never forgot to take batteries with me while going to the airport. But I can tell you one thing - Before you are going for 8 hours drive to another airport (in my case DC to YYZ), check and make sure that you have camera with you  Smile I don't want to go into details, but you can figure it out Big grin

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Mon May 08, 2006 11:51 pm

Quoting Aero145 (Thread starter):
Please tell us of similar stories...

Not unlike the old axiom is there are two kinds of pilots...Those that have made a gear up landing and those that will. Your story may keep me from may keep me from doing something similar in the future. Thanks for sharing.
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Tue May 09, 2006 5:02 am

Does that count? I was at the airport last saturday. Everything was prepaired to get a few shots of the Hapag Lloyd / SWISS A300. Everything? It came taxiing towards us. I made a few shots with my 20D and the 100-400 attached. But of course, I wanted some nice side-on shots. I grabbed my D60 with the Sigma 18-200 ... the aircraft was just a few seconds from where I wanted it to be .... I turned off the camera ... nothing happened.

To make it short, I had six batteries with me ... none of them IN the camera, but in the photo bag .... Big grin .... too late!

Oh, well, another day perhaps  Wink .

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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Tue May 09, 2006 5:12 am

Gerardo.

That's pretty sad, but also funny...

I would check always before you go to the airport, that the battery and memory card are in the camera, and that there is enough free space on the card. Also, good to have both cameras around the neck (of course if you don't have a hand strap).

Regards,
David
 
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RE: I Think I've Never Been As Pissed As Today!

Tue May 09, 2006 5:26 am

David, I forgot to mention: it was at least one step to the better. Last time, I made something similar (about 1-2 months back), I made your mistake and left 2 fully loaden batteries in the charger ... luckily I had 4 more batteries with me, "unluckily" one was dead, another needs about 10 photos to go from 100% charged to 0% and the status of the remaining 2 batteries were unknown to me. At the end, everything turned out well Big grin

Oh, and always take these things with a grain of humour!!  goodvibes 

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