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Old Feb 8, 2007, 6:13 PM   #1
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Tell Us Your Funny Story - Missed Photo

We did this last year on the Panasonic forum and it was a big laugh for everybody. Don't be embarrassed it happens to all of us.

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THE PERFECT STALK (From 2006 Winter)

Back in early March I was in a white out (lots of snow & wind here in the high country) I saw a large dark object in a group of cottonwood trees. Stopped the car and started glassing. The snow was really coming down so not much detail available. I checked the wind and decided I needed to go down in the draw for about a quarter mile then I would be upwind and I could get my photo when I climbed to the top of the ridge. I was sure I saw some movement when I had him spotted with my binoculars. It must be a large Golden Eagle because I couldn't see any white at the top of the black image. The truth is I couldn't see any detail but a black thing in the tree. The movement had to be his feathers in the wind.

Snow up to my knees in the draw didn't cause me to hesitate I was in the middle of the perfect stalk (Eat your heart out Daniel Boone). Sometimes it just feels good to know how smart and good you are. About 3 more feet to the top I found the top of another tree and use it to focus, now I got him. Should be a great photo, a large eagle in a white out snow storm. Got to the top and noticed some limbs in the way so no problem all I have to do is keep the shutter down enough for the focus and move to my left and towards him and then I have the photo of the year. Almost there all that is left to overcome is a batch of oak. Crawl through the oak raise up and ................It is a black garbage bag that the wind had blown up into the tree. Well forget the eat your heart out Daniel Boone its time for me to go home and dry off.

IMHO: Sometimes the missed photos are almost as much fun as the ones you get.


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Old Feb 9, 2007, 9:50 AM   #2
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Missed 'photos are much like 'accidentally deleted and lost for ever' shots - somehow their loss is greater.
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Old Feb 9, 2007, 10:02 AM   #3
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.... It is a black garbage bag that the wind had blown up into the tree.
I can't quite relate to the part where you climb into a tree in a blinding snow storm, but I can definitely relate to the part where you mistake garbage for a bird. I was out on in an inner city wooded area recently and spent five minutes tiptoeing up on a garbage bag so as not to scare it away.

My best "missed shot" was worth the miss. Happened two years. We had just spent ten days camping in Utah and then in Arizona at the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We drove down to the south rim to stay for one night in one of the lodges. The morning of the last day, we packed up the van and were ready to hit the road, but decided to take one look at the canyon from the big observation area, right by the lodges. I was trying to take one last cliche shot with my Canon Powershot S1. I was composing the shot with the LCD so my face wasn't crammed up against the back of the camera. Otherwise I might have completely missed the California condor when she flew up the wall of the canyon and then passed right in front of me not more than fifteen or twenty feet away. While part of me thought "Take a picture!", the rest of me was so surprised that I almost dropped the camera into the canyon. Turns out there were several of them and I did get some photos when they decided to alight on ledges nearby. Here's a picture:

http://flickr.com/photos/porter/34339002/

But the "big one", well, it was great, but you had to be there.

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Old Feb 9, 2007, 11:21 AM   #4
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Polytrope wrote:
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thehotel wrote:
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.... It is a black garbage bag that the wind had blown up into the tree.
I can't quite relate to the part where you climb into a tree in a blinding snow storm, but I can definitely relate to the part where you mistake garbage for a bird. I was out on in an inner city wooded area recently and spent five minutes tiptoeing up on a garbage bag so as not to scare it away.

My best "missed shot" was worth the miss. Happened two years. We had just spent ten days camping in Utah and then in Arizona at the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We drove down to the south rim to stay for one night in one of the lodges. The morning of the last day, we packed up the van and were ready to hit the road, but decided to take one look at the canyon from the big observation area, right by the lodges. I was trying to take one last cliche shot with my Canon Powershot S1. I was composing the shot with the LCD so my face wasn't crammed up against the back of the camera. Otherwise I might have completely missed the California condor when she flew up the wall of the canyon and then passed right in front of me not more than fifteen or twenty feet away. While part of me thought "Take a picture!", the rest of me was so surprised that I almost dropped the camera into the canyon. Turns out there were several of them and I did get some photos when they decided to alight on ledges nearby. Here's a picture:

http://flickr.com/photos/porter/34339002/

But the "big one", well, it was great, but you had to be there.

Will
I can undertand almost droping the camera. #281 is a cooool looking bird.

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