Tell us About the Best Shot You Never Got Due to Malfunction & WIN 2 JOBY UltraFit Sling Straps - Digital Photography School

Tell us About the Best Shot You Never Got Due to Malfunction & WIN 2 JOBY UltraFit Sling Straps

NOTE: this competition is now closed. Congrats to Patrick, Bernard, James, Shishir and Ad who were selected by our friends at JOBY as the winners! We’ll email you each with details shortly.

UltraFit_SlingStrap_iso.jpgI’m excited today because one of our sponsors – and good friends – JOBY are offering to give 5 of our readers 2 of their UltraFit Sling Straps in a competition today.

To win all you need to do is to leave a comment below telling us about:

The Best Shot You Never Got Due to a Malfunction with your Gear.

That’s right – if you’re mourning a shot you never got due to a dead battery, a lens cap not taken off, a broken camera or a camera strap that got in the shot now is the time to get some pay back!

Our friends at JOBY have launched their revolutionary UltraFit Sling Strap that adapts from cinched to shooting so you never miss a shot and now they are offering it for you.

 

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To win the prize of 2 straps (1 for you and 1 for a friend) simply tell us about your photography malfunction in 50 words or less in comments below and JOBY will provide YOU with the straps for the holidays.

About JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap

Never miss a shot with the new UltraFit Sling Strap from JOBY that makes your photography comfortable, quick and more fun.  The SpeedCinch system allows for easy extension and quick ability to cinch to your body for stability; you can also lock the strap in cinched position for added security. The comfort is all in the design; male and female straps with the UltraFit Layered Pad Technology and S-curve designed specifically for the female body.  The strap easily and securely attaches to your DSLR or CSC camera with the LockSafe ¼”-20 Attachment™. See it in action.

Check out a demo of the straps by JOBY in this video:

UltraFit Sling Strap for Women by JOBY from JOBY Inc on Vimeo.

The Prize and Conditions of Entry

5 dPS readers will be chosen from the comments left below. Each winner will receive 2 UltraFit Sling straps. One for them and one to give to a photography loving friend! To enter leave a comment below telling us about the shot you missed due to a gear malfunction before midnight US Eastern time on Friday 21st December. JOBY will choose the winners and we’ll publish their names here on the dPS blog in the following week.

Conditions: There is one entry per person and entries are open to our global audience (we’ll get your prize shipped to you anywhere in the world).

So get to it – in comments below tell us about the best shot you never got due to a Malfunction with your gear! Good luck!

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  • Cindy Shew

    One snowy day I was on my way to pick up my son from school. His school is in an area of lots of ranches, barns, and farm animal. As I was driving, I saw this black horse in a field right off the side of the road. He was just standing there starting to get covered with the falling snow. I pulled over and went to reach for my camera and realized I didn’t even have it! I had taken my gear out of my car due to the cold weather. I usually grab my things and take them everywhere I go, but that day I thought I had my gear already in my car.

  • frankcesca

    In Axim, Ethiopia, misloaded a roll of film and didn’t realize until the 40th exposure came and went. I’d been so excited to develop the snapshot of 15 kids playing in the road, one of them rolling along in a wheelchair made of a plastic lawn chair & 2 bike wheels. He looked really angry when he saw me take the shot, so it was probably karma.

  • pulakranjan mandal

    There was i on the Havelock island beach at the Andamans. When slowly all left around midday my seven year old son and i were waist deep in clear blue water and just then the colourful fishes started swarming near our bare legs and softly biting too sometimes. My film camera was full. took out my handycam but, alas, the battery had completely drained by then. Couldn`t capture the bright lovely creatures live for my memory of a lifetime!

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  • pulakranjan mandal

    January 9, 2013 04:55 am

    There was i on the Havelock island beach at the Andamans. When slowly all left around midday my seven year old son and i were waist deep in clear blue water and just then the colourful fishes started swarming near our bare legs and softly biting too sometimes. My film camera was full. took out my handycam but, alas, the battery had completely drained by then. Couldn`t capture the bright lovely creatures live for my memory of a lifetime!

  • frankcesca

    January 4, 2013 12:25 am

    In Axim, Ethiopia, misloaded a roll of film and didn't realize until the 40th exposure came and went. I'd been so excited to develop the snapshot of 15 kids playing in the road, one of them rolling along in a wheelchair made of a plastic lawn chair & 2 bike wheels. He looked really angry when he saw me take the shot, so it was probably karma.

  • Cindy Shew

    December 30, 2012 09:24 am

    One snowy day I was on my way to pick up my son from school. His school is in an area of lots of ranches, barns, and farm animal. As I was driving, I saw this black horse in a field right off the side of the road. He was just standing there starting to get covered with the falling snow. I pulled over and went to reach for my camera and realized I didn't even have it! I had taken my gear out of my car due to the cold weather. I usually grab my things and take them everywhere I go, but that day I thought I had my gear already in my car.

  • Mark Allen

    December 29, 2012 11:50 pm

    I had been taking images plants growing from the cracks in the rocks of the bluffs along Lake Michigan and about 40 feet off the ground I spotted a flowering vine growing out of a tiny crack. Up I went. It took me about 35 minutes to get up to a point where I could take the shot, and the sun was going down fast. I got myself into a stable position, and when I swung the camera up for the shot - NO LENS! Don't know how, but it fell off at the beginning of the climb.

  • Whyy

    December 28, 2012 06:26 pm

    Standing in the Moroccan desert on a US Air Force exercise. B-52s running simulated bombing runs with the base F-15s providing discouragement. A B-52 flew over the runway with the tail gun bouncing to keep up with the F-15 behind trying to get a lock. Minolta x-700 with auto-winder on rapid exposure and click, click, clic..... as they passed right overhead with me counting the rivets on the BuFFs wing through the lens. The B-52 broke left, the F-15 broke right and boom they were gone. Me, standing there with a camera that won't advance and won't rewind.

  • El-Deane Naude

    December 28, 2012 02:35 pm

    A friend and I were driving through a game park in South Africa when we came across a Lioness lying on the side embankment of the road. The dirt road was lower than the embankment and the lioness used this to her advantage - lying perpendicular to the road and at perfect eye-level to cars passing by. This also made her the perfect height to get an close-up eye-level shot from the safety of my car… or so I thought. I had a few cameras with me, One Sony a900 with a telephoto and a Sony NEX-5 with a wider lens for snapshots. I decided to use the NEX-5 because we were so close; in fact I was so close that if I wound the window down and stretched my arm out, I would be able to touch the lionesses front paws (which were huge BTW). I stupidly decided to wind the window down a tiny bit so I would’nt have to shoot through it and as I touched the button a few times the window edged a little by little. Somehow I touched the button too hard the last time and the window went all the way down. The lioness was fast to react – I dropped the camera AND the clutch as she leaped towards the car attacking the ‘hind quarter’. Thank goodness I had the car in gear and my foot on the clutch otherwise I may have been lunch. After getting the window up and my nerves calmed I looked for the camera at my feet and unfortunately didn’t get one shot off. Not a camera failure – more like a photographer failure. I’ll upload some other great shots I did get and post a link.

  • Rakesh

    December 27, 2012 03:03 pm

    Several years ago when I was still using film I was with my family in the city of Varanasi in India, one of the oldest living cities, enjoying the boadride on the river Ganges at sunset. It was a beautiful boat ride and I got lots of nice pictures. But that dramatic shot that you save and show off telling stories about your vacation was still not there. It was a pleasant ride and I was just meters away from the end of the ride when my film got over. My brother who had seen me taking pictures all day asked me whether my stock of film was over. I replied no I still had several rolls but since it was dusk and the ghats of the city which are on the west side of the river had blocked all light I was going to reload after the ride. Only several seconds after I had uttered those words, the sun shone out of this long thin gap in the buildings giving me that beautiful opportunity of getting it behind the dark buildings of the ghats. I scrambled to reload but my window of opportunity was only 10 seconds and I missed that amazing shot while the boat sailed on and I was still loading my camera. I felt really bad about missing that shot. Ever since that day, I have never had my camera without film or space in my digital camera for opportunities to shoot that just show up.

  • Betty A Duffy

    December 27, 2012 06:59 am

    I was in St George Island FL celebrating the my Aunts' anniversary. So many great shots including one where my aunt carved her message of love into the beach sand for her life's love to see. I was so excited to get home and process the images for them. Unfortunately a fatal system crash lost all the information on my computer. The good news, my boyfriend told me, was that most of my computer had been restored. When he told me that ALL of my images had been lost, including the anniversary shots I cried for hours. It still hurts to think of those lost images although it happened more than 5 years ago. Needless to say I learned a valuable lesson about backups and backups for my backups!

  • Yamini

    December 27, 2012 04:09 am

    Made a trip to Peak District (UK) for Easter holidays. It was lovely and clicked loads of pics. The next morning woke up to find it had snowed heavily the whole night!!! Too bad my memory card got corrupted and returned with errors. It was my first snow experience!! :( Managed to click some pics on my camera phone which are still one of my favourite pics!! Didn't let the memory card ruin my trip. Ended up playing snowball fights with my friends for a few hours!!!

  • Judy Lawrenson

    December 26, 2012 04:22 pm

    Was anticipating taking slow shutter speed photos of coral at beach rock pool with swirling water - water caused sand to cover coral. When washing coral the tripod toppled over. Equipment was in the water for a couple of seconds before recovering it - too late lost camera and lens!

  • Sheeba

    December 26, 2012 12:34 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tincangypzee/7035729021/in/datetaken/
    Air Show shots were going great until --- a person with a purple shirt walked in front of me .. and the battery died. Yes, had a spare in the car, but that shot of the Thunderbirds was gone!

  • Ranjan Mitra

    December 23, 2012 06:16 pm

    This is from the good old days, when we went to an small & remote hill station in Himalyas with my family for a vacation. Those days negative films were in use which was not only expansive but was also not avaialbe in small remote towns. I bought a 100 asa Kodak film for shooting beautiful landscapes of Himalaya. After takin 36 selected pictures in 7 days came back home, only to realize that we forgot to put the film in the camera & the film was safely kept sealed in my suitcase.

  • Jim

    December 23, 2012 06:36 am

    When I first got a camera I asked my brothers to smile while I took a photo of them. They didn't just smile, they howled with laughter to the extent that tears rolled down their faces. They refused to say why this was, and let me carry on regardless. When I got the film back from processing I had a lot of dark close-ups of my own nose. Yes, you guessed it, I'd looked through the viewfinder the wrong way. Doh!

  • Samuel D

    December 22, 2012 03:06 pm

    One night towards the end of the summer this year, I went out to a park at night to get some stargazing photos. I set up the tripod and set up the trigger for my camera, then it happened. I put the camera on the tripod and tried to adjust it to point up towards the sky. I had broken the ballhead off of the tripod.

  • Tom Comerford

    December 22, 2012 12:23 pm

    I was walking across a plaza to a museum, when I saw a group of elementary-school children around a fountain. One of them leaned over to reach the water, and the entire rest of the class accepted that as permission to do the same. For a few brief seconds -- not long enough for me to get my camera ready -- the fountain was surrounded by a faceless (but not bottomless!) group of children enjoying their class trip.

  • Bryan Willioams

    December 22, 2012 10:18 am

    Spent an hour waiting for a Barred Owl to fly off its tree pearch. Just as I decided put the 300 mm lense away, the owl decided to land right at my feet and I grabbed my seldom used point and shoot only to later discover that my battery was at home being charged. How disappointing !

  • Barbara Watson

    December 22, 2012 09:13 am

    It was a dream vacation to Paris with my new camera. I had two days capturing memories to be treasured forever. Our holiday continued by train to Bordeaux. On the way walking to our hotel I had a horrible, sinking feeling. I had left my camera bag on the train!

  • Bradley Marr

    December 22, 2012 08:58 am

    Was in Hodges Garden La. taking randoms. No particular theme planned, just walking, framing and shooting. I had laid on the sidewalk to get a close up of a grasshopper. I stood, turned and a blooming tree was covered in monarch butterflies. I reached down for my cam, on a strap, and the second I touched it, it broke free. Apparently the buckle device on the strap had backed off and the camera landed lens first on the sidewalk. No shot, $1000.00 Nikon lens damaged, sick photographer!

  • Scott Barclay

    December 22, 2012 07:55 am

    I was going to take a great shot of a sunset behind the Forth Road Bridge(Scotland).I was so busy framing the shot that I fell down a 4 foot deep hole. Luckily the bottom was soft sand . Camera was fine but missed the shot.

  • Billy Wooten

    December 22, 2012 07:37 am

    For the past several years, I've been attending Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp in Reading, PA. (It's like a Bass player's convention.) In 2007, I decided to leave home early and visit my godmother in Philly prior to the event; she was about 91 years-old at the time. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by her daughter, Yvonne, and her (Yvonne’s) granddaughter, Becky. We were later joined by Becky' son, Julius. We spent the afternoon together talking and eating pizza. It was a wonderful time. Later, I left and headed to the bootcamp, spent three days there and returned to Virginia. It wasn't until after I arrived home did I realize that I had been in the presence of representatives of "Four" generations, had my camera with me and didn't get a photo of this wonderful gathering. Sometimes it's not a matter of technique, setting the white balance, aperture or shutter speed. It's knowing that a precious moment hovers in front of you ready to be captured. Since then, two of them have passed, but the memory of that missed shot continues to linger.

  • Sarah Graham-Taylor

    December 22, 2012 06:37 am

    On a Zodiac in the Galapagos Islands on a once in a lifetime trip with 5DMk11 and 28/300mm lens in a backpack, the zip gave way and equipment fell into the sea. No Giant Tortoises, no Land Iguanas, Galapagos Penguins or Blue Footed Boobies. Total disaster, no photographs of holiday.

  • Cathy

    December 22, 2012 06:37 am

    I was on a trip to Yellowstone ten years ago with a bunch of my extended family. We were headed to the Lower Falls and came over this hill into the most beautiful valley I'd ever seen and ahead of us were hundreds of buffalo crossing the Snake River. Buffalo as far as the eye could see. Traffic was stopped for miles and everyone, but me were taking photos. I'd left my camera at the campground. Two hours later we were coming back from the Falls and buffalo were still crossing that's how big that herd was. It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen and I didn't get one photo.

  • Ian Berg

    December 22, 2012 06:26 am

    One morning In the late-1980s, Queen Elizabeth II was scheduled to land at my hometown's small airport before driving away to a larger city. All I had for a camera at the time was a children's cheap point-and-shoot camera with no zoom. Her Royal Highness's car sped right past me and the picture I took shows a light blue blur (her coat). If I'd had a better camera perhaps I would have had a photo worthy of a papparazzi?

  • Frank King

    December 22, 2012 06:17 am

    Back in the late 80's I had a business trip to Phoenix AZ. I ended up forgetting to pack my camera. I wasn't too worried about it, I figured that I would just buy another camera and get on with the trip. The business trip was with some people from my office and one them offered me the use his Nikon SLR. He said it still had a partially used roll in it. I decided this was much cheaper than buying a new camera and it was clearly a better camera than I could afford.

    After the conference I headed up to Sedona and Flagstaff. It was some of the most beautiful scenery that I had ever seen. I spent an entire day walking up Oak Creek Canyon which was deep with snow. My hands and feet were frozen but I had shot 4 rolls of film. I went to the Grand Canyon and got up at 4:30AM to be on the rim for sunrise. At the end of the trip I had shot 12 rolls of films.

    When I got back to Montreal I had the film developed and much to my horror only one roll had any shots on it. The other 11 rolls were blank. The roll that turned was the partially exposed roll that I started with. Basically I never figured out how to thread the film into the Nikon SLR. My extremely painful "life lesson" was "NEVER BORROW SOMEONE ELSE'S EQUIPMENT FOR CRITICAL SHOTS".

  • sarah veness

    December 22, 2012 03:59 am

    I have a fear of heights but one year went into the swiss alps and found an idyllic sunny spot where amazing wild flowers were growing, suddenly a beautiful butterfly landed on a poppy and I pressed the shutter
    It was such a stunning shot speaking of freedom and joy with the mountainous background and a clear blue sky not to mention my overcoming my fears

    On getting the photos back i discovered that the lens cap was on and my prize winning shot was not there

    disappointed Moi? well I still remember it so I guess I still am!

  • John

    December 22, 2012 03:56 am

    I encountered it twice, first was when I was commissioned to take a wedding, it was a film camera, and every shot needs to be set, didn't noticed spool was not working. Can't repeat the wedding =( second was when i first migrated here in Canada, one morning, as I stepped outside the house going to the nearby bus stop, i noticed everything was FROSTED, because I didn't have that camera ready and the bus already arrived, missed that spectacular scene, and 30 minutes later, the frost was gone =)

  • Larry Meed

    December 22, 2012 03:56 am

    I used to shoot several Air Shows each year and was attending the 1989 edition of the Toronto International Air Show, when Snowbird pilot Capt. Shane Antaya died. I was making a lens change from my 300mm to a 90mm to get a few wider shots when the accident occurred. Everything was fine when I looked down and by the time I looked up, there was just a trail of smoke into the water.

  • Chris

    December 22, 2012 03:47 am

    Back in the film days I was cross country skiing in Sequoia National Park, CA. It was snowing and the light was just right to set off the red tones in the Giant Sequoia trees. It was pure magic, a winter wonderland. I had a fresh battery and the perfect lens on my camera. These shots were going to be awesome! Everything was perfect until I advanced my film and noticed the number 37 in the little window. Uh Oh! Frame 38 confirmed my worst fears - I had forgotten to load my camera with film! By the time I realized what had happened, the light was gone. At least I still have a great memory and a bone-head story to laugh about.

  • Kira

    December 22, 2012 03:43 am

    One fall I made the spontaneous decision to hop in the car and drive 6 hrs. to join a friend who was at a hike-in camping site on Lake Michigan for one night. The next day, we walked out on some rocks jutting into the water and found ourselves surrounded by more than a dozen massive swans. A very exciting photo opportunity! Which was ruined by, you guessed it, battery at home in the charger, a mile hike and 6 hours away.

  • hendy fong

    December 22, 2012 02:54 am

    Today I already prepare my gear and lens to capture my precious moment at my engagement day.And when the moment comes I switch my gear "ON", LCD display show "No Card in Camera"..

  • Prashant Rana

    December 22, 2012 02:35 am

    During my Thar Desert trip a great pan shot of a black buck running around bushes was lost because before i could capture it my camera strip stuck as it was put crossed around my body to keep my camera safe from falling while i rode a camel.

  • Becky

    December 22, 2012 02:24 am

    It was a beautiful winter day, and I went walking in the woods along the river, hoping to see some bald eagles. As I was walking down the path, I saw a coyote walking straight towards me, about 100 ft. away. The wind was at my back, so he hadn't smelled me yet. I froze in place as he kept walking towards me. I turned the camera on, and the coyote heard it and disappeared before I could get the shot. All I got was trees and snow.

  • Heather

    December 22, 2012 01:32 am

    Driving through Yellowstone. Perfect day - robin's-egg blue sky, puffy marshmallow clouds, warm breeze gently swaying the grasses...Stopped to view a bison herd , too distant for a good shot. Right in front of me, in slo-mo, cresting a small hillock, arose a magnificent bull bison, majestically silhouetted against the blue sky... Aha! Award-winning pic! Battery dead! Bye-bye bison! ARRGH!

  • Kaptnik

    December 21, 2012 11:37 pm

    One random day the moon appeared much bigger than normal. I took my camera out and decided to take a shot of a plane as it cut across the moon. I waited patiently for 20 minutes. When the right moment came, I realized I hadn't taken off the lens cap yet. I panicked a bit, and as I removed the lens cap, I dropped it and watched it roll away and when I looked up, the plane had already crossed the moon.

  • Satish

    December 21, 2012 11:12 pm

    On a boat in Hermanus, Cape Town, South Africa, I was whale watching. The Southern Right whales were breaching 10 meters from our boat and my camera decided to "compute" what the best setting would be. Needless to say , I have world class memory of what I saw and a wonderful shot of the ocean-no whales!

  • jovan de mello

    December 21, 2012 11:10 pm

    On my way from work, my office transport vehicle got caught in traffic for a brief moment, i looked out of the window and saw this dog outside a meat shop looking through the glass window staring at the meat, nosed pressed againts the glass and its breath fogging it, by the time I opened my bag and got my camera out, the vehicle started to move and i missed the shot.

  • quinn gale

    December 21, 2012 10:45 pm

    Getting 15 rugby players to stand still for the team shot was hard then to press the shutter and nothing happened destoyed.me I I renewed the film and battery 6 shots done .Later I found the shutter counter still on one .the film had jammed I never lived that down.

  • Ashok

    December 21, 2012 10:16 pm

    I live in a beautiful small town which is located on slopes of a mountain at the foothills there is a big lake. Usually, on the National day there will be a fantastic fireworks for 30mins, and I covered that many times in the past from the land, up hill. This year I wanted to add a difference by shooting it from the lake so I can impose the fireworks on to the background of city lightings. I got on to this special cruise for watching the fireworks. Clicked some shots to check the camera and settings readiness, everything is great. I occupied the best place on the boat for shooting. The fireworks started, I started firing my shots and the boat comes to rest. The worst happened when it is least expected, the boat started rocking!

  • jean patmore

    December 21, 2012 08:58 pm

    The shot lost due to my canon 35d freezing up was
    a barn owl flying alongside my car for about three mins. looking at us
    the camera just froze it just would not fire
    this is one shot that will never come again at such close quarters
    and the one shot i shall always remember as the lost chance of a life time

  • Douglas Insall

    December 21, 2012 07:11 pm

    This regret was not because of any malfunction of equipment but felt my experience was worth reporting.

    I was driving along a relatively busy lane in Somerset, S.W.England on a cloudy day.
    Driving round a bend I suddenly came across the residue of a horse passing a short time earlier.

    The clouds opened and a small shaft of light highlighted the still steaming pyramid in the centre of the road.
    I had the thought that reversing the car could possibly destroy the unusual vision or the 'torch' would have be switched off - so I continued on my journey.

    I could never had used that image for any competition purposes but I still regret not trying to take that once in a lifetime image. Crazy I know, but I still regret not trying!

    I have even thought of a title should I had ever displayed it somewhere (probably on my toilet wall) ......
    ....... "God loves Everything!"

  • Neil Tan

    December 21, 2012 06:54 pm

    it was my first time in hongkong, particularly in Disneyland. Im from the philippines and going to disneyland is a dream come true form me. i was so busy the entire day taking pictures of some disney characters, rides, tourist and anything that cathes my attention.. when it was time for the firework display, which is the highlight of a disney land travel, i didint realize my battery was low already. i turn off my cam just to save bat while waiting for the fireworks display to stary, with sleeping beauty's casle as backdrop. when the firewaorks dispkay was about to start, i turned on my cam, check and adjust the exposure, try soem shoot to make sure im getting good result, with out thinking that im shooting in long expusore to get enough lights and capture the fireworks. i was able to take 4 test shoot and when the actuall firework display started, my bat just died. i cant even take even a single shot. i felt like crying and hopeless. sereval thing ran through my mind as to how i can capture that amazing display of lights. i work so hard, save a lot of money just to visit disneyland and i dont even have a nice photo of the fireworks display that i can share to my friends. i just sat there, hopeless, but still amaze looking at the one in a life stime spectacle. i promised my self that next time i'll visit disneyland, i'll bring an extra battery with me.. ;)

  • Pier Francis

    December 21, 2012 05:56 pm

    Most of the time forget to carry a tripod, and this happens often when I carry my zoom lens. On a Beach due to the reason that I never had a tripod, I missed the the shot of a crab fight on the shore which was really magnificent. If at all I had a tripod with the zoom lens :-( i still regret that.

    The second thing is basically am a biker and I carry my camera in the pouch which is then put on to a bag that is fastened to my bike. Once, on a national highway, at about 5PM, the Sun opened up through the clouds forming a beautiful human eye. By the time i unfastened my bag and took out the camera, the eye had gone and was a different shape altogether then.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/gallery/435366#/gallery/1481728/

  • kole

    December 21, 2012 05:51 pm

    I was shooting the northern lights for the first time. It was -25 degrees census. I packed severely layers of clothes on to keep keep warm. I had to walk several kilometers to the place where I wanted to shoot. After arriving to the place I took my tripod and started to set up the camera for a shoot. When I got everything ready I switched the camera on but nothing happened. Battery was dead from the cold. I has a spare battery with me but it was empty too. So I was in a middle of nowhere enjoying very beautiful northern lights but could not get any pictures. :(

  • Cliff Meeds

    December 21, 2012 05:47 pm

    How about a brain malfunction. In 1987 in Spokane Washington I watched Big Daddy Don Garlits experience his 2nd "blow-over" in in his dragster, through the viewfinder of my Pentax ME Super with 85-300 zoom. I have pics of him on the starting line & stepping out of the wreckage. no photos exist of that accident ! I had just watched TV coverage of his previous "blow-over" & something froze when I saw this one.

  • Shishir Verma

    December 21, 2012 05:47 pm

    During a vacation to the famous hill station Manali (India), I took several nice photographs with my Canon point and shoot. On the last day of the trip, I visited a temple at the highest hill of Manali. When I was about to descend the hill, I saw a pair of monkeys smiling caringly to each other sitting on a tree leaning at a corner. I quickly positioned myself for the photo although it was a difficult position to stand. Just when I was about to take the rare photo, another monkey (whom I didn't notice) sitting on another branch jumped over my camera. Its fingers got entangled with the strap and the camera fall down hundreds of metres down in the deep woods. I missed the perfect pic and along with it other beautiful pictures I had taken successfully.

  • Peter

    December 21, 2012 05:39 pm

    Back in the analogue film days, I went to Grand Canyon and shot a lot of pictures in the sunset.
    When the image counter reached 39, I realized that the film has never moved.
    Now 19 years later, I still wonder if I ever will have the possibility to go back (I live in Denmark).

  • Jenna Gruda

    December 21, 2012 04:11 pm

    My girlfriends and I were on a week long trip of a lifetime, kayaking down the Allegheny River, while camping primatively on islands along the way. It was the perfect opportunity for me to combine both my passion for the outdoors and my love of photography, and as you can imagine I had been anticipating this trip all year long. Unfortunetly, as luck would have it, about 5 hours into our very first day, my camera was soaked when we suddenly came upon a rather tricky set of rapids and I was unable to get it put away in time. I missed many terrific photos on that trip, but the one that will stay with me forever happened the next morning.
    I had awakened early and unlike my friends, I cherish my mornings and this morning seemed exceptionally beautiful. There was a an early fog lifting as the valley began to lighten,and I could see our camp was surrounded by wildflowers. It, in itself would have made a beautiful shot. Intrigged by what else I was missing, I decided to set off to explore a little more of the small island that we had camped on. Gosh I was missing my camera! . Maybe 100 yards from our camp I came upon the other side of the island and noticed that there was 2 other islands nearby. One rather large and the other one not much more than a little skoal jutting out of the water, with maybe 20 feet of water between them. I stood there for a few moments marveling at what a wonderful photograph that would also make with the fog and the wildflowers in the foreground, when I noticed some kind of movement on the small skoal. I was then stunned when a large deer with a matching rack of antlers climbed upon the tiny piece of land and stood there proud in front of me. I standing there in awe, as he surveyed his surroundings, which would have given me ample opportunity for many great photos. but then with ease, he non chalantly climbed back into the water and began to swim the channel that led to the other island. What a sight! This majestic creature with only his head and antlers protruding above the water, on this wonderful foggy morning..
    That was my million dollar shot that got away. Needless to say, after that trip I bought a water-proof covering for my camera, but I doubt if I will ever again witness such an awe inspiring sight.

  • Chery Pierce

    December 21, 2012 03:57 pm

    I was on a shuttle bus heading into Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I had my camera on my lap, just in case. As we passed slowly through a residential area, I saw a home with grey walls, a concrete patio and a wrought iron fence. In the midst of all this grey stood a toddler dressed in a frilly, ruffled bright pink dress and pink shoes. I lifted my camera to capture the shot and, of course, had left the lens cap on. It's a one-in-a-million shot that will forever live in my head.

  • Pallavi Hujband

    December 21, 2012 02:56 pm

    Once I had gone to shoot rare migratory birds. I had shooted gr8 pics of them. After the tiring weekend immediately i transferred those pics on my PC. Then i came to know that by mistake the settings had image size as 512*512. I was so frustrated that all the pics which were looking good on camera display were blurred on PC. Then onwards i always check the settings of the image size before photographing.

  • Janet Sullins

    December 21, 2012 02:49 pm

    I live along the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 islands region, so there are islands dotting the river. The coast guard pulls all the large navigation buoys for the winter because the river usually freezes over, and shipping traffic is stopped for the winter. I have taken many photos of these before and even painted them. So, they pulled a lot of buoys and they set them on our village dock/bulkhead. I was taking my dog for a walk late February a couple of years ago, and was along the water most of the time, until I went around the block, heard a humming noise and turned to look down the street toward the red and green buoys, when a green helicopter made a very low pass just over the red and green buoys, with a small island that has an old medieval-looking tower on it in the background.. I can still see it centered just above the buoys, but I was too far away to get the shot, and it happened so fast, I couldn' t get my camera ready anyhow. I sat on the benches hoping it would come back, but it never did.

  • Mary Ann Roesler

    December 21, 2012 02:44 pm

    We were celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary in Yellowstone National Park. Our children had given me a safari photo trip as a gift. When we went to the 1st area there was a Pronghorn sheep slowly walking across the field next to us. I tried to aim and click and no click. Battery OK, all else seemed OK...finally discovered you can NOT push down on the botton when you have the remote control attached to the side. If it is attached you must use it! Finally, I discovered the unknown, but the pronghorn had left my range by then!

    Never made that error for the rest of the safari and got some great captures. Bison rolling in the sand is a favorite.

  • Malcolm

    December 21, 2012 02:29 pm

    I was on a holiday trip with my mates to Vietnam and I had packed my old Canon Powershot IS 2 which I had been using for a few years. It was a last minute getaway trip so I open my drawers and got whatever AA batteries was available

    I am not sure if the batteries was old or faulty at that time but to my horror the batteries leak and cause the camera to damage....

    All those pictures of the food, locals, activities and scenery could have been in my photos archive.

  • Pippa de Court

    December 21, 2012 02:26 pm

    Many moons ago, whilst on Easter Island, sitting on the edge of the coast, I spotted horses galloping along the beach toward me. I leapt up, forgetting my camera was on my lap. It fel lin the sea, but I grabbed it before it totally submerged. Horses were getting closer, so decided to give a a quick 'blowdry' and spun it round and round, by the strap. As I was going to stop and snap a shot, my camera went flying through the air and plunged into the dee deep ocean! Double buggeur!!

  • Edward Hanton

    December 21, 2012 02:25 pm

    My wife and I are avid photographers and travel as much as we can for photography. We love Paris. In 2010 we flew overnight from Minneapolis to Charles deGaulle airport in Paris. We went directly to our hotel at 9:30 AM, dropped our luggage, grabbed our cameras and headed out to shoot. Parisians were on the move, heading to work, riding their bicycles, and heading to the patisseries for their croissants and delicacies. We took many street scenes and complemented each other on our wonderful choice of location and subjects. At that exact time, a beautiful Golden Labrador came trotting down the alley sans leash and owner. That is extremely unusual in Paris. But more unusual was the fact that he was gingerly carrying an intact croissant in his mouth. We each grabbed our cameras and prepared to shoot. I had replaced my lens cover (why?) and it was stuck and I could not get it loose. No shot. My wife, being much smarter than I, never replaces her lens cap until the end of the shooting day. Aha-her battery was stone cold dead. No shot, no Lab with croissant, and no fantastic shot.

  • Jyotirmayee Naik

    December 21, 2012 02:17 pm

    Those were the days of point & shoot cameras with film rolls.
    It was this chilling december time of 2001, when We went to Kanha national park (India, MP) on a school excurssion trip. For almost a week, we went on safari to take a single glimse of Royal bengal Tiger but to our utter dismay never found one. On the last day of our tour we went for a elephant safari. Elephant actually took us to very interior & desolate places of the jungle. Right there, in the middle of the jungle in a dried up field, we got our souvenier, the beautiful Tiger. Elephant took us, right over stomach of the sleeping tiger (probaly tired after an after game & lunch). I took my camera and with the very intension to take a masterpiece, i clicked the camera. But.......... it it didn't happen. Ah.... I forgot to change the roll & finally with photos of all my allowances (wild boar, deer etc), I actually couldn't take my basic. Thank God i have a DSLR now.

  • Carla

    December 21, 2012 02:08 pm

    Driving in northern Alberta just coming out of a small town and getting back up to highway speeds I saw something in a field. I wasn't entirely sure it was anything, but as we got closer realized it was a moose. I had only seen a moose once before and it was a brief glance through some trees so I got very excited. As I pointed my camera and took the shot I realized that on the hay bail was a baby moose. As we passed it I checked to see how the photo had turned out...and found a blurry representation of what I think would have been the best shot of my life...if I hadn't been in a moving car and could have taken my time or at least had my camera settings ready.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlaanderson/5728092464/

  • Kathleen

    December 21, 2012 02:06 pm

    Last month went up to Cania Gorge, Queensland, Australia. I wanted to take some photos of Bettong, a small marsupial that is very very shy, only comes out at night and stays in the darker areas. For two nights I got eaten by mosquitoes, but could not get a shot of the elusive Bettong. On the third night after several hours I decided to put the camera away make a cup of tea and enjoy the early morning hours. Yep you guessed it as me and my cup of tea went out onto the decking without a camera ...there was a Bettong, just there almost at my feet...... No shot of a Bettong that trip maybe next time.

  • Shekhar Mahatme

    December 21, 2012 01:49 pm

    After reading from Digital Photography School's tips, I recently changed the setting on my Canon T2i to 'back-button' focus. This technique is great as it separates the 'shtter' button and focussing and makes them independent. It allows me to keep the camera on AI Servo mode forever and still take a 'One-shot' focus by using the back-focus button. Unfortunately, Canon made one small mistake on this, the same back focus button, which is actually called 'AE-lock/Focus' (and has '*' on it), is also the same button which in 'Preview' mode is used to switch between single picture view and multiple picture grid view. So, last month I was on a bird photography shoot early morning as usual. I spotted a Snowy Egret searching for food actively. I had a great view of the Egret and kept taking picture as it was foraging for food (and some of those pic did turn our alright). After a few minutes, it stopped looking for food, so I decided to 'preview' my pics. As I was previewing and deleting the pics, I suddenly noticed, the Egret had finally grabbed a worm and was about to start eating. I hurriedly went to the viewfinder and tried desparately to focus, but the lens wouldn't focus. I kept on pressing the back focus button not realizing soon enough that since I am in preview mode, it's simply toggling between single pic view and multiple-pic view. By the time I realized that, the Egret had finished it's meal and was long gone!

  • Jason Pakkala

    December 21, 2012 01:35 pm

    One shot? How about 38? My family was moving from North Carolina to California. I was 13 years old with a Cannon A E-1 and two rolls of 36 to photograph anything I could across the entire US along interstate 40. Going to have great memories! By the time we reached the continental divide I hit 36 on my first roll. Then 37....38. I was told that sometimes you can squeeze a couple extra shots off a roll, but 38? Better rewind just in case. Push in button, open little winder thing and wind... CLICK! NOOOO! 38 shots on ONE frame. :( The film never took on the spooler. I learned my lesson and had great shots of Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon, but the deserts of Arizona and California are way different than the Smoky Mountains or TVA. I missed more than half of the US's dynamic landscapes and one of my dad driving the wrong way on a street because my mom wanted to see Graceland.

  • Jodie Williams

    December 21, 2012 01:30 pm

    I spent months finding elusive Gouldian Finches. I had been out for several hours one morning and finally found one, I raised my camera to fire off a shot only to find that my battery was dead :(

  • Daniel R. Pope

    December 21, 2012 01:22 pm

    Never stop seeing, never stop shooting.

  • Daniel R. Pope

    December 21, 2012 01:20 pm

    Bought a point and shoot just to carry while riding my mountain bike. While riding a wooded trail in a state park in Texas I hit some tree roots that caused my new camera to come loose from the strap holding it. In what seamed like slow motion I observed my camera drop to the chain of my bike travel to the front wheel where I then heard the spokes of the front wheel making a buzzing sound as if passed through the spokes, as I ran over my new camera. Stopping I found my camera still in the case. There were no marks on it, but it no longer worked. Lesson learned.

  • Colin Pernet

    December 21, 2012 01:13 pm

    I saw a female horseback police women booking a truck outside Buckingham Palace in London. She was in the saddle with her booking pad and pen looking down at the driver. What a shot, what a shame; flat battery........Merry Christmas.........Colin

  • Landon Niedringhaus

    December 21, 2012 01:08 pm

    During a trip to Maine, my one must have photo was the Portland Head Lighthouse. When I got there, I discovered my SD card went bad and I didn't have a backup. I make sure I carry at least one backup now, but that was the only card failure I ever had.

  • Michael Butcher

    December 21, 2012 12:52 pm

    Back in the era of film camera's my Wife and I were visiting Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. We booked a "Jumping Crocodile Tour". A boat took us along a river where crocodiles would wait for a treat. The boat stopped and the guide stood on a small platform holding chicken carcasses on a pole. The crocs jump and take the chook. As we were the only passengers on this trip I was given the opportunity to stand on the platform and feed the crocs. My Wife stood by with the camera and took several action shots as the crocs jumped several feet into the air to take the chicken. Guess what - the film did not wind on when it was loaded and we came away with no photographic memories!

  • M. Tzoganakis

    December 21, 2012 12:48 pm

    I missed some amazing shots of a family that re-unites only once a year... my battery died and I didn't have a spare. :( By the time it was charged up it was night, and photo opportunities were over.

  • Bob Segal

    December 21, 2012 12:47 pm

    At twilight I was walking along busy North Avenue in Chicago, camera slung over my shoulder. In the light rain a young couple crossed halfway across the street, but stopped on the median when the light changed. As they waited there the girl impulsively threw her arms around her boyfriend, stood on her tiptoes, kissed him and kicked one of her legs backwards. In the misty rain backlit by filtered sunlight it was the perfect shot. By the time I grabbed my camera and swung it around they were just two ordinary people standing in the street.

  • Kevin James

    December 21, 2012 12:43 pm

    I had been patiently waiting for a leopard that I had briefly glimpsed to emerge properly to get the shots. The scrubby brush he was in was hiding him from view. After being contorted over the lens for the better part of nearly two hours, the leopard emerged and attacked a porcupine I hadn't even noticed less than 30 meters from my vehicle. My camera whirred into action and I got the most amazing series of shots and was already counting the prizes I would win until I checked my pictures in playback.

    My heart nearly stopped beating. You guessed it - no card inserted. Not so much malfunction with gear, but malfunction with user. Now my camera has "Release shutter without card" firmly disabled in settings!

    I did get some "real" shots of the porcupine carcass though as a booby prize.

  • Bob Dennis

    December 21, 2012 12:30 pm

    While doing winter moose population surveys in northern Ontario using a helicopter, we encountered a large group of moose. Three male moose split from the herd and were running across a small frozen pond nose to tail. The pilot maneuvered the chopper low and to one side so that I could get pictures with my Canon A1 film camera.
    I shot a full roll of these moose including a large bull with full horns losing his balance and fell on the ice then we had to leave so as not to further disturb them. This was my ultimate encounter with moose. The use of a helicopter - priceless.
    Back at home I removed the film and not one picture had been taken as I had not spooled the film on properly. Never got that chance again.

  • Steve Tidwell

    December 21, 2012 12:21 pm

    I was on the return leg of a hike in the local National Forest and 50 yards ahead of me I spotted a wild Turkey heading for the trees. I grabbed my camera which was hanging around my neck and by the time I got it turned on and aimed the Turkey was about to disappear into the bushes. Knowing that once it got into the brush it becomes all but invisible so I relaxed my stance, dropped the camera from my eye and was about to simply appreciate the moment. At that time the Turkey turned hard right and came running straight at me, by the time I got the camera on, aimed and was about to shoot I realized the lens cap was still on. I fumbled with the cap and by that time the Turkey took to the air and flew a few feet directly over my head. My heart was pounding and as I turned 90 degrees it was just in time to watch him/her glide gracefully down the canyon I had just hiked up.
    One thing for sure, the photo I did get of the Turkey's rear end was certainly not as good as the one I missed when it was over my head reflecting beautiful greens and blue hues from it's feathers.

  • Pahz

    December 21, 2012 12:20 pm

    Back in my film days, I was shooting my son's martial arts tournament. My son was eleven years old and it was 2004. He was doing his turn at breaking. He'd break a board with a downward kick, then turn, do a side kick to break the next board and from that move- with his foot still in the air from the side kick, he'd drop dramatically to the floor into the splits and break a board with a punch. And he'd jump to his feet and do a flying side kick over three kids. (he was dang good at it too!).

    I positioned myself behind the adults who were holding the two boards he was going to break with the flying side kick, so I could get the shot of their shoulders/arms/hands gripping the boards, my son in the air over the three positioned kids... and I snapped the shot of him doing the punch-with-the-splits and when I went to advance the film NOTHING HAPPENED. The camera wouldn't advance. It was only on the tenth exposure for that roll. I rewound the camera and loaded new film, but when I went to take a photo, it wouldn't fire. And it wouldn't advance. And that was it. That was the day my film camera died completely.

    My son came in first place, even though I missed the perfect shot of him flying through the air and the boards splintering dramatically around his foot.

  • Marylou Spencer

    December 21, 2012 12:15 pm

    My quest was for the perfect Trumpeter Swan pic. Saw them in a field! Pulled over, grabbed my camera, the strap got caught on the hood of my jacket and almost choked me - needless to say, no Trumpeter Swan take off in flight for me!

  • alan trinder

    December 21, 2012 12:10 pm

    Don't know if this counts but on the eve of my 40th birthday I went out to meet friends who had travelled down to meet me to celebrate. Whilst out my house was burgled and I lost irreplaceable photo memories (I guess they wanted the albums). Never did recover anything.

  • Skip Conklin

    December 21, 2012 12:09 pm

    We live in the country, about 10 miles out of town. I was coming home from an early morning McDonald's run and, coming around a corner, spied a flock of 3 hen turkeys with about a dozen chicks. Quickly stopping my van, I grabbed my camera and, turning it on, got a "No CF Card" message!

    I had left the card in the reader on my desktop after downloading photos from the previous day! I now keep a spare CF Card in the van for just such times.

  • Gracie

    December 21, 2012 12:08 pm

    I got the immense privilege of meeting with a VERY famous pianist a few months ago! I asked him if we could have a group photo with him and my piano friends. He very kindly said yes and my brother shot the perfect photo! I was so thrilled!!!... until I discovered that there was no SD Card in the camera...
    I was SO regretful... He had already left the building to catch a taxi to the airport, so that was the end of it! :(

  • Ruth Tolerton

    December 21, 2012 11:44 am

    Had a big black bear standing in my backyard less than 30 feet away but it was twilight and I couldn't find the switch to manual focus....grrrrr...and camera didn't have enough light for automatic so the bear lost interest in his photo session

  • jmbw

    December 21, 2012 11:36 am

    I have two 'sad' stories of 'lost' photographs...........

    1. Was on a foggy beach in San Francisco and saw this perfect shot of a nun on the beach. I shot it perfectly..... or so I thought. Later discovered there was no film in the camera...... though I was merrily shooting away...

    2. Was at my mom's funeral and was shooting some shots of family, etc.... with a leica. Unbeknownst to me.. the film had not loaded correctly.... so I got nothing...

  • Jody Waardenburg

    December 21, 2012 11:27 am

    Was shooting a concert and as I was about to take the perfect shot of the lead singer, I pressed the shutter button and had a shutter error, causing the camera not to fire at the perfect moment that I needed it to :(

  • Theresa

    December 21, 2012 11:25 am

    My worst disaster was when I had encountered a friendly raccoon in my backyard. I ran into the house to get my camera (back in the 35mm days), got him to pose for a multitude of pictures. Afterwards, I opened the camera to get the roll of film and discovered I did not have any film in the camera. Bummer!!!!

  • Linda Novak

    December 20, 2012 03:29 am

    Once upon a time....during the age of Kodachrome, I owned a Pentax K1000. My pride and joy which served me faithfully for many years until the age of Digital was ushered in and that camera a source of some pretty funny stories over the years. My favorite incident and most heart breaking happened while sailing with friends on Upper New York Bay. Being from Texas my friends decided to show me the sights as they sailed me past the Statue of Liberty. Snap, Snap, Snap...I was going through 36 exposure rolls of film like lighting! As we sailed away from Ellis Island I went below into the cabin to restock my stash of film and was in the process of loading a fresh roll of film into the camera. My friends began to scream fantically at me to get topside! With the camera back still open I popped my head out of the companion way only to be faced with the side of a cruise liner about 100 yards away. It was the Queen Elizabeth II and we were sailing along side her. I finished loading the camera as I was trying to get back up on deck. People on the ship were standing at the rail throwing confetti at us and waving and shouting greetings. The 60 ft sailboat we were on was dwarfed against this massive beauty. I was so excited and shot and shot and shot and as she sailed away from us I realized that the exposure counter was way past 36. I opened the back of the camera only to realize that the film had never caught in the reel and I had not gotten a single shot from that amazing experience. Now it is just something that I have to rely on as vivid memory. Thanks to Digital the only thing I have to remember is to have the SD card in the slot!

  • Maman Quark

    December 19, 2012 10:57 pm

    Hi,

    A few days ago, I took several pictures of my daughter sledging. It was difficult to have her smiling and at her best. When we got home, I saw I had just one really good picture, then I realised this one was corrupted... No way to get it back, so I just have some pictures where my daughter cringes, or where she doesn't look at me.

    Thanks a lot !

  • mark

    December 19, 2012 07:27 pm

    Two years ago I was sitting on a log next to a pond with my canon 7d and 400mm lens hanging round my neck, as the time went by I rested the camera complete with lens down partly hanging round my neck and partly on my lap.
    there was a noise to my left and as I turned to look sitting approx 3-4ft away was a weasel sitting upright with a baby rabbit (very small) hanging from its mouth, the weasel just sat upright looking at me blocking its path, and I sat there looking back, I could not move! And the camera so close and jet so far.

    I didn’t get that shot.

  • Chris RUddy

    December 19, 2012 02:17 am

    On a road trip up the entire west coast of the US earlier this year, my waterproof camera somehow got water in it and started malfunctioning. When you turned it on, it would go to playback mode, and only pressing the playback button (not the shutter) would take it to shooting mode. Then, if you didn't take a shot quick enough, the screen would go blank and you would have to wait, turn it off, wait, turn it back on, and press the playback button again. Although, while the shutter button was half pressed, it would not go blank, but as soon as you let go or pressed it all the way (took a picture), it would go blank and you'd need to go though that process again. Since the zoom resets when you turn it off, you'd need to hold the shutter half down while zooming too.

    Anyway, I was kayaking with some friends in Seattle on Lake Union and I wanted to get a picture of the sea planes landing and taking off near by, but this made it quite difficult.

  • Jo Miller

    December 18, 2012 06:24 pm

    Back in January, I was taking my first diving course. I had a waterproof camera with me to document my first diving lesson in shallow waters. Suddenly my camera won't turn on in the water. Something must have happened with the waterproof sealing of the battery compartment. It never turned on again so I don't have any pictures of me diving for the first time.

  • Robin from Israel

    December 18, 2012 05:37 pm

    On a trip to France last year we stumbled across the insanely picturesque city of Dole in the Western Jura (near Burgundy) - think quaint stone buildings, canals, the works. Unfortunately while photographing in their beautiful church I accidentally changed some setting somewhere without realizing it, leading to an error message that I wasn't able to sort out until I returned home and googled the solution! Lost an entire afternoon of shooting in a spot I likely won't get back to for years.

    On the making lemonade side of things, it did force me to live in the moment and just enjoy, rather than see everything through the lens of my camera. That said, I'm still kicking myself for such a bonehead mistake!

  • Ben Chapman

    December 18, 2012 08:24 am

    The queens jubilee this year; I was out in the garden soaking up some sun (have to make the most of it in the uk) when a Lancaster bomber (I think one of 2 left flying in the world) flew right over my house, at a height that I couldn't convey without it sounding unbelievable. It was booked for a local fete (which I didn't know about:-() , I ran inside to grab the camera but it had a wide angle lens on and no time to compose a great shot.

    The memory of a truly epic moment will never be justified by a photo.

  • Michel

    December 18, 2012 08:05 am

    I was in Venice and wanted to shoot one of the canal from a bridge (nice light, gondols coming, etc.). So I grab my camera, pointed it over the bridge, hear a little noise... followed by the splash of the (more removable as expected) lens falling into the canal... Now I am much more cautious when changing lenses !

  • Alvin E.

    December 18, 2012 02:58 am

    There was this one time on the beach when we were cliff diving in boracay, I was about to take a picture of my friend's last jump on the 80ft diving board (before we go home) in burst mode, and the rays of the sun setting was perfect. I was planning on getting at least on decent shot of him looking like he's stepping on the horizon o just plain kicking the sun, but i forgot my settings at 3fps and not 10fps. I ended up getting 3 shots and all misses. It was a long way up before we can take another shot, but the boat (scheduled to go back) was about to sail, so we decided to call it the day and hoped that we can try to take that shot next time we go back.

  • Tian Chad

    December 17, 2012 07:16 pm

    I still remember that moment when I saw that precious moments of a pair of swans in the lake that formed the love shape and I wanted to capture it but I had a bad experience taking out my camera from my camera bag. That camera strap was stuck and accidentally trapped between the zip and I missed that moment when I finally get my camera out from my bag... From then on, I've been searching for a good quality and easy access camera sling strap that ease my photography trip a lot more.

    I hope I can win a pair of JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap for me AND my girlfriend as she also like to snap photos with my DSLR too! (I just upgraded my gear so she own my first DSLR cam!)

  • Dhiral patel

    December 17, 2012 07:11 pm

    As being a wedding photographer i am always ready to get good condits of bride & groom, but in our Indian Culture we do not get kissing each other openly. But few days back i got such situation, all friends were in round circle and in the middle bride & groom were just going to kiss each other and my camers strap got stuck in one his friends arm and i missed......

  • Erwin

    December 17, 2012 05:02 pm

    It was a week long vacation at Palawan,Philippines which is known of its vast natural scenes of rock formation, sea scapes mountains and one of the new wolrd's seven wonders of the world which is the Puerto Princessa underground river. I am still with a nikon d60 when I got a chance to visit an island there that had a gloomy night sky . The scene reminded me of a nat geo winning photo for places with the perfect condition. I could have taken the perfect sea scape that i could ever have If have not left my tripod to make a long exposure of the gloomy moving clouds that could have changed the outcome of the photo and turned better. A chance of a lifetime missed just to lighten the baggage .

  • Ad Ollennu

    December 17, 2012 09:33 am

    This past Spring my friend and I camped outside at the Poconos around the end of bear hibernation. In the middle of the night, a mama bear with 2 cute cubs came within 10 feet of our sleeping area. The mama bear climbed into a tree and laid on a crotch overlooking the cubs at the bottom 2 feet below. I got up to capture that precious image with my Canon T1i. The camera fell, making a loud noise and scaring the bear and the cubs away. Turns out the strap was not around my neck like i thought so the camera fell from my lap when i got up to capture that beautiful moment. It was the first of the two times i had seen bear in the wild. I will never forget that moment

  • Shelley Crane

    December 17, 2012 05:00 am

    During my only son's last Christmas program of elementary school I had positioned myself on the floor in the gym for the "perfect shot" just as I had my finger on the shutter release button focused in and ready to shoot, there was a tape on my shoulder from the music teacher (same teacher I had in elementary school) and with a look of distain in her eyes she said "you are blocking the isle for the next class to enter the gym and you are holding up the program!" Needless to say I did not get the shot and I embarrassed my son in front of the entire school and parents! Oh well another day in the life of a loving parent!

  • Dean

    December 17, 2012 04:00 am

    Driving to and from work I often was struck by the beauty of the Mountains in my area, in the early morning and later evening with sun rises and sun sets, during the golden hours for photographers, each time this happened I told myself I need to carry my camera with me. After missing God knows how many great photos I now pack my camera bag with me everywhere I go, along with a tripod, and it has paid off several times I have some wonderful shots. If I don't have my camera bag with me when I get to work my co-workers ask what is wrong, as it has become a constant companion. My Moto is now when friends and co-workers ask for advice on which camera to buy, I say, "The best camera is the one you will take pictures with, it does you no good to purchase a huge expensive camera if you are not going to have it with you to take great photos when the opportunities arises. So purchase the tool that you will use and use often to capture life’s memories, and if you are like me the passion will drive you to learn and grow, and buy more camera gear…”

  • Ken

    December 16, 2012 10:37 pm

    I bow hunt in Michigan and often carry my digital camera with me in hopes of getting some cool shots of wildlife. This year I had a opportunity to capture a shot of a huge buck trailing a doe. In the rush of trying to get my camera out of my backpack, I turned my camera on and aimed at the passing deer to find that my lens cover was still attached. In the rush to remove it, I dropped it. I missed the shot of the buck and doe and never did find the lens cover in the leaves below my tree stand...

  • paul firkin

    December 16, 2012 06:06 pm

    i was at a park with a big lake. two black swans were swimming around. i was focussing on them, when i got the perfect picture opportunity. the swans turned in such a way that their heads an necks made a perfect heart shape. i was using an older camera and the time it take to snap the picture after i pressed the shutter button took a few seconds and the perfect picture was missed. i have a good camera now, but sadly have not been given the same photo opportunity.....

  • Kerri

    December 16, 2012 02:10 pm

    Cross Island hike in the Cook Islands. We got to the top and the batteries were dead so I grabbed the spare ones my husband had packed...which were also dead.

  • xoon

    December 16, 2012 02:36 am

    I have recently been to U.A.E for desert safari. The sunset was amazing, I was so close to capture soft and hard light of that beautiful sunset landscape then I started to take multiple shots but unfortunately I ran out of battery. It happens all because I already took a long video shoot from camera that caused my battery drainage. From that day I always keep an extra battery in my camera bag before going anywhere far.

  • Adam

    December 16, 2012 01:00 am

    I had taken over 300 pictures of my brothers birthday and a baseball game we went to, and just before I transferred my pictures to the computer my memory card crashed. I lost every single picture I'd taken.

  • Gastón

    December 15, 2012 05:37 am

    While working in San Mateo, California, I was able to buy my very first DSLR (Rebel XTI). I charged the battery and took a few shots during the night of the purchase (not many). In order to take advantage of this new treasure I decide to take the opportunity and go to the Monterrey Aquarium (102 miles from where I was staying) the next day. I drove for about 2 hours to get there and after taking the first 6 shots just of the location I got: “Change the battery pack”. Of course there were no outlets to charge the battery thus I ended up driving 2 additional hours empty handed.

  • Katie

    December 15, 2012 02:22 am

    My children and I were in the homecoming parade, and my husband thought the camera was in burst mode. Turns out it wasn't, and he only got 4 pictures.

  • cutebun

    December 15, 2012 02:13 am

    My flash did not work when I tried to capture a singer on stage and the photo turns out to be underexpose and I cannot turn back time to take another shot.

  • Zohar

    December 15, 2012 12:29 am

    In Thailand, walking up a few hundred stairs to reach a large Buddhist temple, when my camera slipped and fell down quite a number of stairs until it stopped.
    When I reached it I found that the battery door was open and the latch was broken.
    No pictures from that temple...

  • Serge Norguard

    December 15, 2012 12:28 am

    Camera was recording people passing by. 2 minutes after I had started recording, a guy stood roughly 10 feet away and he knelt down to propose to his girlfriend. After they left, I quickly check my recording only to see that it cutoff at the part when the guy knelt.

  • graeme tully

    December 14, 2012 10:45 pm

    In about 1963 I had badgered my Aunt Mary to take me out with new, first camera, a cheap little Kodak that used a film cartridge, a 110 possibly. We went to a beautiful wood in the wilds of Northumberland, in the north of England, and as we were standing on a wooden bridge a fox ran across the rapids in the stream about fifty feet from us. I didn't panic, got the fox in the centre of the viewfinder and clicked. I was overjoyed! One of my first photographs and it was going to be spectacular, my friends would be so impressed. It took my Aunt a few moments to get past my excitement and explain that for the camera to work I had to take a thing called the lens cap off. My bottom lip was trembling all the way home, and almost fifty years on it is still one of my most painful memories, though I've missed hundreds of good opportunities since.

  • enjbe

    December 14, 2012 09:59 pm

    I was driving to work on a Winter's morning and passed a paddock with very low lying mist - only about a foot off the ground. Walking in single file were a family of ducks with only their necks and and heads showing through the mist. The malfunction was all mine - had left my camera at home. Think of it every day when I drive by on my way to work . . .

  • clive seymour

    December 14, 2012 08:30 pm

    Many moons ago,when I was still using roll film.HRH the Princess Anne was visiting the research unit I worked in to open a new Laboratory .The police stopped every one from coming into the area but because I worked in the building,no problem,
    I had brought my camera in and had asked the site manager if it would be OK if I took some phot'os he said fine and gave me an official ID pass.So I find a great location in the building get ready....HRH comes into focus I press the shutter get some great shots.The manager asks if he could have some copies of them when they are developed ? "no problem" says I. I open the camera back up" bugger"( polite version) I had not wound the film on correctly and so no shots!
    So even many years later when I meet the retired manager he will still say" do you remember those photo's that you promised you would give me a copy of"?

  • Steve Dunn

    December 14, 2012 08:03 pm

    Way back when we had 35mm film in our cameras, I was a young student who owned an Olympus OM10, a few lenses and a substantial Flash.... I was asked to do all the official photographs at my best friends 21st Birthday party. All his family where there, and I took time to arrange them in suitable groups and at different locations so that I could get the shots I wanted to make a good portfolio of the event. Everything was going to plan, no hiccups with batteries, lenses, straps... I was so happy.
    Then towards the end of the night after many guests had left, something felt wrong with my camera .
    I was manually winding on my film, but the lever felt to easy to move.... my heart sank and after further inspection I discovered, I had not put any film in the camera.
    I was so embarrassed and was blamed by the parents for ruining the event., I went on to sell my equipment, and gave up photography for many years, but thankfully due to digital cameras, I am back and enjoying every photograph I take..

  • Sharon Graham

    December 14, 2012 06:32 pm

    I have a crazy cat that runs up the wall in my living room. Had tripod set, camera set, everything was ready to go. At the crucial moment of capturing my cat leaping through the air, to start his climb, Battery died. ARRGH

  • Maree Jamieson

    December 14, 2012 04:43 pm

    On holiday in Western Australia, we had a car accident. Old Zenit camera went from the front seat to the back, collecting my head on the way. Camera seemed OK, head bruised, car written-off. Continued taking photos. No photos came out as my head proved harder than the camera!

  • Marie

    December 14, 2012 04:24 pm

    It's my daughter's last soccer game of the season. We are often running late so I often forget my camera. Not this game I made sure I had it. Game starts and I take a few pictures--nothing note worthy. She has the ball running it down the field. I click once and no more. My memory is full. I try to quickly delete some old pictures but not fast enough. She scores! I missed her only goal of the season. I know horrible mother.

  • Jennifer

    December 14, 2012 03:58 pm

    I had been trying to get those illusive indoor sports shots all season, and had finally rented a better lens to get pictures at my daughters first basketball playoff. Just as my daughter is going to make the winning basket...the person next to me jumps up screaming and knocks me so that the camera is no longer pointed at the basket. I got a lovely shot of the wall behind the basket and the top of a few heads.

  • Watts

    December 14, 2012 03:14 pm

    Honeymoon in Jamaica pre-digital camera (1999). Took 5 rolls of film, including many shots where I asked strangers to take our picture, from the top of the lighthouse, para-sailing, Rick's Cafe at sunset, etc., it was going to be the best! Turned out that after 7 pictures, the camera just appeared to be taking pictures, but the film was not being exposed for some reason, so we only have a total of 7 pictures from the airport and bus ride to the resort for our honeymoon album. Yeah, I know. I still hold a grudge against a certain camera manufacturer.

  • Jameson

    December 14, 2012 11:06 am

    My mom and I were having staring contests. She kept making funny faces so I hid my camera behind my back and when she did another hilarious face I swung my camera out and tried to snap a photo. But the front element of the lense was broken! Haha!

  • Andy M

    December 14, 2012 10:56 am

    I had just returned home from a road trip down the east coast of the US tons of great photos of the coast and it was a wonderful trip. I get home at night and decide to toss my photos onto my computer and go to sleep.

    I am lying in bed when I hear a loud crack and a flash. Look outside my window and its a crazy lightning storm. Being Vancouver this is pretty rare so I decide to try and snap some photos of the lightning.

    I get to the top level of our house, open the window, prop my camera on the tripod and take some test shots to make sure my settings are looking good. Now its time for the waiting game.

    The view from our house looks right down Indian arm in deep cove where mountains surround the water. Amazing view.

    I had loaded magic lantern on my canon t2i prior to my US trip and was loving the features it added such as intervalometer for time lapse videos.

    I have my camera set to take a 12 second exposure and then use the intervalometer to take a photo every 15 seconds thinking that I would get at least one flash in there.

    A few photos later and a few flashes of lightning happen in the gap between exposures and a few others are covered by clouds.

    I figure that I will at least come out with an interesting time lapse video if it let it run for a bit longer.

    Boom, multiple flashes within 10 seconds and I look at the LCD on my camera, the photo looks exactly how I pictured it, but better! Turn the camera off, pop out the SD card, toss it in my card reader..."the device is unable to be read".

    Lost what could have a been a decent timelapse and a great photo but at least I had transferred my vacation photos earlier.

  • Penny Young

    December 14, 2012 10:34 am

    Last weekend was the Louisiana Champion's horse race. A friend invited me to go to the track with her to watch the race. She trained the mare that gave birth to the current favorite in the race. I had never been to a horse race and I just bought a new camera so I thought I could get some fun shots. We found a great spot at the finish line to watch and a fabulous spot to take pictures of the finish! The gate went up and off they were. Our horse, String King was in the second to last place throughout the race. Then he hit the 3/8 mile and started passing everyone as if they were trotting. I set my camera on the rail ready to get shots of the finish as it looked like it was going to be close. As they approached the finish line I started snapping away and as the hit the finish line, people went crazy and the vibration on the rail knocked my camera off the rail and I missed the shot!! It was a a beautiful finish but I don't have a strap yet because I want a Joby Ultra Slim and I don't have the money for it yet.

  • Marian Kerr

    December 14, 2012 10:10 am

    It was a very simple shot - but a perfect one - There was no wind, and the sun was at just the right angle and brightness to create an absolutely crisp, clear reflection of a weeping willow in the stream. I turned the camera on and pressed the button to take the photo and nothing happened! The camera had jammed - it wouldn't take a picture, zoom, or turn off. Nothing. Nada. It was completely unfixable and that lovely peaceful photo, which would have adorned my wall in pride of place, didn't happen.

  • cheryl connor

    December 14, 2012 09:15 am

    beautiful sun hitting the mellow ancient stones of the mussenden temple in northern ireland, iconic sheep to the front of the folly, black storm clouds out to sea and a DOUBLE rainbow framing the temple. absolutely perfectly stunning picture .......no camera.!

  • Heather

    December 14, 2012 09:13 am

    Had a parachutist in sight in Hawaii, aimed and focused my camera and ready to shoot. No power - the had battery dead. Talk about disappointed.

  • Julien Turcot

    December 14, 2012 09:04 am

    I often like to change picture control in my DSLR camera menu. I prefer more vivid colors for nature (flowers for example) but not so much to portrait people. I probably forgot that the day before I had shot flowers, so I decided to shoot family pictures only to realize the skin tones were way too saturated, I forgot to switch it back to normal. One bad thing leads to a better one, from this day I decided to buy and learn of to use Lightroom.

  • Marie-Claire Lander

    December 14, 2012 08:24 am

    I should say the best shots "we" never had. I was busy giving birth to our son while my husband was trying to capture the event with the good quality used camera he'd just bought. I can't remember the brand or much about the camera, but I do remember the excitement and anticipation when we sent the film to be developed. This was before the digital era. I can't tell you how disappointed we were when we discovered that the film had jammed and superimposed all the shots but one, the first on the roll! I treasure the one and only shot of my son screaming his little lungs out as he took his first breath. And there is a sad twist to that story, all we have now is memories and this precious first photo of him since my son passed away nine years ago.

  • Annabelle

    December 14, 2012 07:04 am

    It was the night of the Millenial moon. There had been much hype about the closeness of the moon to the earth and how the full moon was to be phenomenal. I tucked my young daughter snugly in her bed and drove to a friends house at the top of a hill...it was all horse pasture and open sky, the perfect setting. Or so we thought! She and I grabed our equipment and went to make an event of this unusual phenomenon. Did I mention it was horse pasture? Complete with horses? We had a great time...setting up tripods to still the camera for the once in a lifetime shots...Vienna, my friends favorite horse, along with companions were very curious...they kept nosing us and our equipment trying to figure out what the curious occasion was that brought us out into their field on that chilly evening. We laughed...gasped, squealed and thourally enjoyed our evening and the many different options and settings we ran through to get the best shots...at the end of the night there was not one photograph worth keeping because of our excitement and the horses curiosity...we could not hold still enough for the dark setting and the horses repeatedly knocked the tripods and cameras over in their interest to understand. What a great time we had missing the best shot ever!

  • LennyJ

    December 14, 2012 06:54 am

    The best shot I never got was of my little cousin blowing bubbles AND not staring into the camera....because the shutter was set on timer, I missed it!

  • Jonathan

    December 14, 2012 06:53 am

    Scene - Edinburgh. Time of year - winter. Temperature - Brrrr. I walked to the top of Holyrood hill with my brother and his friends and we wait for sunset. I framed the shot with the viewfinder and "clicked". I then looked down and checking the preview - the lens has jammed from the cold!

  • Karen K

    December 14, 2012 04:59 am

    I still remember it, although it was many years ago. We were in Vancouver with a guide who was taking us to an observation deck where the black bears gathered in early evening. My camera was hanging behind me as we hiked up a dirt road. Suddenly, 20 ft in front of us, a bear. I attempted to whip my camera around to the front and raise it to my eye, but by the time I did so, he (or was it she) was gone...

  • Amy

    December 14, 2012 04:23 am

    When my friend came back from a deployment in the Gulf and I was set to take a photo of her when she saw her daughter for the first time in about a year. When I went to take this priceless picture of them embracing my camera slightly froze and had a delayed shutter reaction that did not allow to capture the photo at the correct moment therefore missing this priceless shot.

  • Michelle

    December 14, 2012 04:15 am

    It was way back in 1989 when my now hubby and I were in BC - up in the mountains when a huge eagle was flying very close to where we were. I thought I had taken a few great shots as the eagle soared not 20' over our heads... when I checked to see how many shots I had left (film days) I couldn't see the number on the counter... It turns out the film didn't catch the winder properly so I had no shots at all! Sigh...

  • Marlee

    December 14, 2012 03:35 am

    i am no professional photographer, i'm only a teenager who loves taking pictures, but there have been times when i've missed my perfect shot. Once on a family trip to the smoky mountains, we hiked up to rainbow falls. We were just getting ready to take a group photo, when, lo and behold, my battery was dead.

  • manoj

    December 14, 2012 03:29 am

    that moment when the workers hit the water base and a gush of water along with mud formed a mountain, the workers rejoicing tge fruit of their hard work. i was there, only i was on lunch break from work and was getting late for a meeting which made me miss perhaps the best shot i could capture!

  • John

    December 14, 2012 03:22 am

    Early am in Yosemite, sitting along a creek bank surrounded by trumpet vines a flock of hummingbirds descended and played laser-speed peekaboo while I fired off several analog shots pointlessly. I relaxed and put the camera in my lap. A curious hummer flew up face on, head high at 8 feet and stared at me while i raised my trusty camera and squeezed the trigger. Beep . Hummer zipped away laughing and later a chorus of laughter joined him. I didnt know hummers could count.

  • Jonathan Ellis

    December 14, 2012 03:18 am

    3 Months ago, at Jonathan Dickinson State park near Hobe Sound in Florida, I was ready to capture an amazing sunset, the sky was clear, with very few clouds, the temperature was just right, it was the perfect evening that everyone dreams about. I climbed 80 feet, up a steep hill, to the top of a tower that has been there for many years. After I finally got to the top, I set up my tripod and turned on my camera, leveled it out with the horizon, awaiting that perfect moment. The view was beautiful, you could see above all the trees and for miles. I had never seen a view like this before. My father, and fluffy white Siberian Husky, were also there to share this precious time together. So now after a few minutes had passed and setup complete, its time to take that perfect shot where the sun is barely below the horizon and drops faster every second. I get ready to hit the shutter, and nothing happens, Dead battery. I desperately and quickly searched my bag for a backup, but apparently I wasn't prepared and failed to load my secondary battery. I look to my dad and say "My battery died and I don't have a spare" then he gives me that response I'm so familiar with in a strange tone "Are you SERIOUS?" already knowing I'm quite serious.

    So after processing some thoughts, sitting back and enjoying the rest of the sunset, I realized in that moment in time, I had already taken that million dollar shot. Not with my DSLR though, but with my eyes as my lens, and my mind as my memory. Those are the shots that weren't meant to be shared. You can take a million photos in your life but nothing will compare to the pictures you store Internally, those are forever.

  • Sondra

    December 14, 2012 02:41 am

    I have four beautiful children and when my oldest was a senior in high school, my three girls decided to perform a song for me at her last talent show, (my son doesn't sing). I did not know what song would be sung but was told it was for me, and I should be prepared. They knew this was a difficult time for me, trying to adjust to the fact that she would be leaving for college. I arrived early to the concert and set up my tripod and camera (Canon 7D) to record the performance. As my girls came on the stage to perform "Don't Forget to Remember Me," by Carrie Underwood I hit the record button and nothing happened. After setting up the camera I had left it on and the battery died! I cried during the song for the beauty of my girls and the words they were singing to me, and also for the fact that I did not capture such a beautiful performance.

  • Glenda Wilburn

    December 14, 2012 02:32 am

    Several years ago, I was visiting my dad in Corona, California with my family. He's a private pilot and had offered to take us up for a tour of the valley in his plane. I had been taking pictures all day of my kids with my Olympus and unfortunately, my battery was getting very low. A few minutes into the flight, he directed our attention to the left of the plane and pointed to a beautiful mansion that sat atop a hill and told us it belonged to Governor Schwarzenegger. I quickly got out the camera, turned it on, focused AND...the battery died...

    Needless to say, I always keep a spare battery now.

  • John Bubernak

    December 14, 2012 02:24 am

    1968, me, big aviation enthusiast with new Nikon SLR. Spent all day at KCMO (airport) on my back, on the car roof, at approach threshold - anywhere security (what security, it was '68) didn't kick me out. Thrilled because I was squeezing 38 frames out of the 36 exposure roll. Then 39, then 40... 41... 42...43! Remember sprockets? I'll never forget them - now.

  • Rex Pascual

    December 14, 2012 02:15 am

    The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on the back of a 747, heading to bay area in San Jose California. On my way to work when I saw the plane. It flew across our warehouse, I had the camera with me. Took several shots, forgot no sd card, still in laptop

  • Lawrence Mitchell

    December 14, 2012 02:08 am

    Deer Hunting in Northeastern Oklahoma, I had the perfect shot of a doe. I pulled out my point and shoot digital camera to take her picture, (she was only 30 yards away and staring right at me). As I pushed down the shutter button, the camera made an awful noise and scared the doe away. She was beautiful.

  • Steve Berlin

    December 14, 2012 12:11 am

    It was in the late 70's, my first trip to New York CIty, just after I had been bitten by the photography bug, developing my own b&w film, doing some basic darkroom work. I was excited to capture the city.

    With rolls of cityscapes and museums already tucked in my bag, I decided to shoot some street scenes and capture the faces of New York. So there I am, loaded with camera bag, my trusty Konica dangling at my chest, at a crosswalk. The light changes, I start to cross and see a familiar face.

    Lauren Hutton, the model and actress, at that point in time the face of Revlon, and a stunning natural beauty with that wonderful little gap in her front teeth. As we drew closer, I caught her eye, she sensed my recognition (and awe), and smiled that great smile. A beautiful moment, forever etched in my brain, but not on film. The Konica remained dangling around my neck, thumping almost as hard against my chest as my pounding heart inside.

  • Matthew

    December 13, 2012 11:59 pm

    Scuba Diving in Belize and using a new wide angle lens. The visibility and lighting was perfect, if only I had remembered to change the o-rings on the camera. Opened the back to change film and seawater and wet film flooded out.

  • Dirk Prince

    December 13, 2012 11:44 pm

    Had some spare time and played with camera possibilities, instruction book at hand. Then went out with new achieved knowledge to take some pictures. Of course forgot to wipe out last tryout…..so exposure over biased by far and picture bleached out beyond repair.

  • Phil Cole

    December 13, 2012 10:43 pm

    My father lined us up for a family shot, overlooking the Sydney skyline, using his favourite Minolta,semi auto camera, on a tripod atop the then tallest building. (We are talking the 1970's). The timer was set, dad took up his position only to see the camera topple to the ground with a mighty crash. He rushed over to the camera and with a forlorned look on his face, was captured as the timer released the shutter. The photo summed up the moment but not the fantastic view

  • Malini M.V

    December 13, 2012 09:41 pm

    It definitely has to be my FIRST EVER LOOK AT RAINBOW..!! While coming back from college, I saw two rainbows together beautifully tinted with pinkish orange sky and as soon as I reached for my camera, it showed-BATTERY LOW..!

  • caj

    December 13, 2012 07:50 pm

    It was my father-in-laws wedding.
    Took some lovely shots in the marque,of the cakeand the family
    .The bride and groom arrived had a lovely shot lined up,lifted the Yashica to take the shot and the shutter in the camera collasped!
    Keep teasing my father-in-law,that he broke my camera!

  • harry

    December 13, 2012 07:50 pm

    Using worm fishing for Trout I had one looking at my worm, I had a kingfisher land on my rod tip. Camera failed to fire. I lost the Trout lost the photo. I have that picture in my mind though..............forever

  • Alicia Strous

    December 13, 2012 06:51 pm

    Doing a scuba dive at night, my camera stopped after three photos saying "Malfunction: Please reinsert memory card". This is inadvisable with 10m of water above you, so I missed out on photos of the 11-armed starfish, cuttlefish, octopus, and rays.

  • Mark Macdonald

    December 13, 2012 04:25 pm

    Spent five weeks in Europe when I was 19 with my film camera. Went through ten rolls of film only to find out the winder was broken (when films got processed) even though the numbers kept winding on. Not one photo to show for my five weeks!

  • Sydney

    December 13, 2012 04:04 pm

    Having just finished a two week trip through France and the Black Forest, and having taken way too many pictures (of course), I began deleting while traveling home. Two thousand pictures were on my largest card when I took it out; nine hundred had disappeared when I put it back.

  • Beckys Place

    December 13, 2012 03:19 pm

    Ghosts! I was traveling with my sister and we came across a cemetery on the top of a hill that had some photographic possibilities. My first shot was going to be of the sign so that I'd remember where we'd been. I tried to snap a shot ... nothing happened. I tried again, nothing, and again, nothing, and again. The shutter button would not depress. Fiddling with the camera, I turned away from the cemetery, snapped a shot of a cornfield, it miraculously worked and I thought aha! Whatever it was is fixed. Turned around, tried to get the sign, same thing. Cornfield. Click. Cemetery. Nothing. Cornfield. Click. Cemetery. Nothing. Eventually I figured out that the lens wasn't on tight. Removing it and putting it back on solved the problem but for a while I was thinking maybe I shouldn't be trying to take photos of this cemetery!

  • Pauline

    December 13, 2012 03:06 pm

    My sister in law gave me a camera for Christmas years ago. We went to the mountains the next day and I took my new camera, so excited to take pictures of the kids playing in the snow. My son was on a tube coming down the hill and I was set up to catch him flying through the air...he ended up hitting a berm and flying much higher than expected. The look on his face was priceless and I captured it on film, or so I thought, until I got home and realized my sister in law had loaded the film wrong! I was soooo devastated, not only did I miss all the family pictures I took that day, but that one great shot as well!! :(

  • Thom S

    December 13, 2012 02:54 pm

    I was shooting a Sammy Hagar concert and Michael Anthony peered out out between two speakers sidestage and looked right at me and flashed a peace sign...yep battery died on that shot.

  • karla

    December 13, 2012 02:43 pm

    My camera malfunction is not as fancy as everyone elses. It trully is just missing the best shot of my dog because I forgot to take the lens cap off. My dog is a husky and loves to run and the best picture I ever missed was him as a puppy running towards the camera. I was setting up for weeks to get the shot. I would play with him just so he could run, but I was just starting off and most of my pictures weren't great, or he wouldn't be in the "right place" for me to take the picture. When finally all the stars seemed to align and he did what I wanted him to do, I was ready for the shot clicked the shutter and nothing! I was so upset, I had forgotten to take the lens cap off!! The perfect picture and I didn't get it. I still tried after that, but that "perfect" picture never happened. I still got other ones, but you know puppies, they grow up so fast, so I don't have any of my little husky pup running towards the camera, only when he was a little older. I still think about that missed moment and I wish I would have been more prepared and not such a noob that I forgot the most basic thing, to take off that dang lens cap.

  • Jim Merchant

    December 13, 2012 02:30 pm

    I was travelling by train to Sydney to shoot a Polish Christmas Festival; I looked over and saw a train on the opposite track; through the glass in the door of the train I saw the ultimate street photography shot of a young Goth woman, standing there giving our train a single finger on each hand with crossed arms. I reached down to get my camera from my bag, in my haste I could not get the zipper of the bag to open smoothly. By the time I swung the camera into action, the other train had sped up and she was gone ...... if only I had had my camera at the ready on my Joby Ultrafit Sling Strap.

  • Paul Meunier

    December 13, 2012 02:24 pm

    Years ago, I was on holiday on the Dorset coast and had taken all my camera gear, lenses and all, to teach good elements of photography to my 7 children aged 4 to 12. As the (beautiful) day proceeded, they were more and more enthusiastic and each one wanted to catch a memorable piece of scenery or interesting angles and postures of their siblings. Before the day was out they decided to make a collective effort and climbed over each other to emulate an indian totem. I was put in charge of the final shot which I carefully composed and swifty immortalised also on the film as the piling up of bodies, superimposed grinning faces and outstreched arms was showing signs of imminent collapse. As you would do, I summoned them to hold their precarious position just a little longer amidst noticeable groans now so I could take a safety shot. I dutifully re-armed... felt no resistance... and depressed the shutter before the whole family collapsed in pain on the ground. That, they all said, will be the best picture ever! They truly were magnificent on that occasion and that picture remains the best in their and my memories even 15 years on... and I still remember my standing there stunned and red-faced (nothing to do with the setting sun) as I realised that we had spent the whole day with no film in the camera.

  • DonB

    December 13, 2012 02:12 pm

    Toronado siren sounding, I grab my camera and go upstairs. There IT is, a clasic storm, just hanging in the air and looking mean! I start cranking out negatives, sure I have prize winners. But after 38 shots on a 24 x roll of film,........... I dicide I had blown it...again. Before I could get a fresh roll loaded It died.

  • Michelle

    December 13, 2012 01:30 pm

    On vacation in Maui in June of this year, we had eaten dinner in Wailea and were headed back to our condo in Kihei when we saw a full moon rising above Haleakal?. I pulled over and my husband jumped out of the car to get the shot, only to realize when we downloaded our SD card, we had not returned it to the camera.

  • Dragoncello

    December 13, 2012 01:22 pm

    In Siena, Italy, friends got us seats for the Palio, the centuries-old, medieval-themed horse race that's run twice a year around the Campo, the city's central square. The neighborhoods of the city compete against each other, and winning gives the neighborhood major bragging rights and an excuse to party for months. We were seated right above the start/finish line. The prize for winning is the Palio itself, a huge painted banner that is placed up above the finish line in the reviewing stand just before the race. The climactic moment comes after the race, when members of the winning neighborhood climb up each other's backs to take the Palio down and march it home to place it in their museum. There I was in the perfect spot for the money shot. Here come the crazy chanting Sienese winners to claim their prize. They start their climb. I get my camera ready, aim at the Palio ready for the hand over to the winners . . . and the battery dies. By the time I change batteries, the moment is long gone.

  • Ray Hogan

    December 13, 2012 01:01 pm

    Probably missed a few shots for one reason or other associated with my cameras, but the one memorable shot I missed was of the late, great Mike Hailwood, with his leathers stripped to his waist having a private chat with another competitor at the end of the pit wall after a 3 hour production motorcycle race. I had the shot all lined up, but never pressed the shutter on what I thought was a great private moment. I have quite a few shots of him on the bike, but this one remains in my mind's eye.

  • Emily Carroll

    December 13, 2012 01:00 pm

    When I was in 4th grade my sister was in the high school band and they traveled to London to march in a parade. My whole family went. My father was the photographer of the family with an old Canon film camera that I now have. We were at Buckingham Palace and he was snapping away taking picture after picture of what was sure to be some amazing photos! He started wondering why that particular role of film was lasting so long and then he realized he never put film in the camera! I know this didn't happen to me personally (and might not even count for the contest) but I'm 24 now and I was around 10 at the time it happened but I will always remember that! Especially now that I'm trying to get started in the photography business. It happens to everyone!

  • Brad Dunn

    December 13, 2012 12:52 pm

    I woke up early one morning to the sound of sirens, and looked out the window to see a nearby house quickly being engulfed by flames. I grabbed some clothes and my camera, and bolted out the door to the scene. After walking past the first arriving fire trucks, I neared the front door where firefighters were frantically forcing a door open, while flames were shooting out a nearby window and smoke menacingly billowed overhead. I grabbed my camera and turned it on, went for the sure front page photo, only to see a message that read, "low battery, shutter release disabled." I still cringe at the thought.

  • Cassandra Meyers

    December 13, 2012 12:35 pm

    This is my daughter's first year as a cheerleader for her school. She is in 8th grade. I was recently at one of her first evening football games eagerly awaiting the cheer performance at halftime. I had my Canon T2i ready to go because I knew she was doing a solo of back handsprings/ back tucks. All of a sudden the performance begins and I start shooting to find out my internal flash was stuck/broke and would not work. The whole camera was jammed. I was out her first big solo performance and any other pictures from the rest of the game. I wanted to cry. The camera was fine while the sun was still out but as soon as it required the flash it was all over. I wanted to cry.

  • Kumar

    December 13, 2012 12:26 pm

    It was the picture of a local tribal man with beautiful eyes, an expressive face and tattoos on neck in Sarawak in Malaysia. My battery was exhausted after taking pictures while trekking at the Pinnacles. That man offered a great portrait subject that I sorely missed.

  • Kathleen Babicz

    December 13, 2012 12:13 pm

    Oh this is an easy one to remember! In June of 2010 I drove an hour from my home to the United States Military Academy at West Point to attempt to photograph the registration day Oath Ceremony. It's the annual event where all the new cadets march out onto the parade ground in front of proud friends, family, and head military officials to take their oath into the military academy. It's usually a very hectic day around post. I arrived with surprisingly little wait getting through the security gate. I found THE perfect parking spot, followed up by finding just the right spot for photographing the event. The music began and the proud new Cadets began to march out in formation. After previously adjusting my settings and taking practice shots, I quickly began shooting away, foolishly delighted with how smoothly everything was playing out for me. Then IT happened. The camera battery died. I wanted... to cry. Now I've made sure to purchase an extra battery and charge up after every photo session. Never again will I make that mistake.

  • Jay

    December 13, 2012 12:11 pm

    Years ago on a spectacular spring day, standing on the South Rim of The Grand Canyon; the ochre hues of the opposite wall highlighted by a cerulean sky ... when a California Condor landed on a gnarled branch only a handful of yards from me. One of the rarest birds in the world. One of the rarest opportunities in the world for this very amateur wildlife photographer. And as I lifted my Olympus IS-1 to my eye to frame this miraculous opportunity, the zoom froze, and the camera shut down.

    The drive from Arizona to my parents' house (and the closest Olympus repair facility) in California was one of the longest of my life.

  • Robin

    December 13, 2012 12:05 pm

    My daughter's 10th birthday. I labored over a 'jewelry box' cake for her. It took HOURS and had the most beautiful edible jewelry--ring pops, candy necklaces etc. I finally finished it and took nearly an entire roll of film of just her and the cake. After the party, I wondered why I was getting so many shots out of my 24-count roll of film. I took a few more shots just to use up the roll so I could get it developed on 'double print Tuesday'. Imagine my dismay when I shot and shot and FINALLY looked and found NO FILM IN THE CAMERA! Cameras (and I) are much smarter now!!! My daughter is 24. I still mourn those shots!

  • Alecs

    December 13, 2012 11:58 am

    This autumn I have been to Dublin for a short trip. Unfortunatelly i haven't checked my camera before packing so once i got there I started to shoot. Got about 300~ photos in 2 days and when i got back home I downloaded them to my laptop to check them. I was so excited to see them when.. surprise.. all the pictures had a black line in the same spot. So I got the camera checked the lense and turned out there was a scratch bearly visible. :( All my work was ruined due to my mistake of not checking the equipment.

  • Arnel Gonce

    December 13, 2012 11:53 am

    Spent two hours climbing Nelson Rocks Via Feratta with my new Mark III. When we got to the top it was very windy, but I snapped away at the valley below in all it's fall splender. It was a dark cloudy sky and I thought I got great photos. But when I got home and loaded them on the computer, I noticed all theses blurry reddish brown streaks. Apparently, some of my long hair escaped its ties and was blown in front of the lense ruining the magnificent landscape. No cropping would fix it. Maybe I'll do a snow climb this winter. Sigh.

  • Cassandra

    December 13, 2012 11:52 am

    Almost two years ago, I took a whole weekends worth of photos that I was super proud of at a bunch of wineries. My boyfriend had planned the whole trip as a birthday surprise for me since he knew I wanted to go take photos there.

    Somehow... though this is more a malfunction of my brain than my camera... I managed to wipe the whole card and all the photos I took before I put them onto my computer. So. All the photos were gone never to be seen again!

    It still makes me upset after all this time.

  • Kathy

    December 13, 2012 11:46 am

    coming home after night shift.
    5 Balloons in the sky, one on top of the other
    a jet flying on top of t hem.
    Camera in bottom of bag

  • R'laine

    December 13, 2012 11:45 am

    At my favourite aunt's 70th birthday, had let my BIL take a look at my (then) new camera. I did NOT remember to check the settings, turns out he'd left it on MF and many of my photos were out of focus. Lesson learned, that's for sure, but sad to have missed capturing auntie's joy when she realised we had thrown her a surprise party.

  • Carolyn Davis

    December 13, 2012 11:40 am

    An armature photographer I had checked the angle of the sun time and time park gate was unlocked and went to take sunrise photos. I enjoyed myself but no really WOW shots. Just as I was leaving I remembered my teachers words to "always look back". I saw and took a perfect wave curl which won me digital photo of the year at my local club.

  • John W

    December 13, 2012 11:32 am

    I shoot for my school's marketing department along with their pro photographers just so they can have more shots of any given event. Last year, my girlfriend graduated, and I was taking pictures of commencement. As everyone was crossing the stage I got a picture of them receiving their diplomas. As they were all in generally the same spot I put on my manual focus and just hit the shutter button. Right as my girlfriend stepped up to receive her diploma, my finger knocked the autofocus on, and I focused on the wall 30 feet behind her, making her a big black ball of bokeh and the wall crystal clear. Her parents still haven't forgiven me.

  • dave

    December 13, 2012 10:21 am

    On a planned group shoot, went to the beach, for the sunset. Paid for 3 hours of parking set up with the group for the night shoot. Get all set up and fired off a few test shots and then discovered that i forgot to charge the battery. I now have a spare that is fully charged. i still get reminded of the event

  • Michael

    December 13, 2012 09:58 am

    I was shooting a ‘Garden Party’ event. On my very last shot of the day my camera simply stopped working. Hasn't worked since. Upside: Replaced the camera with a better one. Sidenote: Would have had the last shot but someone kept photo-bombing.

  • Walter Verdin

    December 13, 2012 09:45 am

    At Lion Country Safari I had my 500mm lens focused on a young male about 5 feet away was a big vulture. I had been waiting about 5 minutes for some action I knew was coming when the other people in my car started fidgeting and whining - let's go, we're going too slow, we're hungry etc. I explained what was about to happen but they kept up the pressure to go. It was at that point when my resolve failed me, as I put my camera down then put the car in drive, let off the brake when I heard everyone in the car scream out LOOK! I stopped and sure enough the young lion had pounced and had the Vulture in his grasp! I reached for my camera and that quick the vulture lept free. All I got was was a lesson - if I want good pictures go by myself!

  • Alan Friedman

    December 13, 2012 09:30 am

    Was shooting up near Aspen Colorado, and had the perfect shot lined up--the lighting was perfect, as it was a cloudy day, and there was a break in the clouds. I was using my film camera (an old Nikkormat) at the time, and for some reason, at that precise moment, the film counter locked up. When I tried to advance the film for the shot, the advance lever locked. Apparently, I had already shot all 36 exposures, even though the film counter only read 19.

    I tried to rewind the film, load up more, and when I lined up the picture again, the clouds were back, and the stream of light that was perfectly lighting the landscape, did not exist anymore. FRUSTRATING!!

  • nick nguyen

    December 13, 2012 08:58 am

    There has been many of times where I missed the perfect shot, but always having my camera in its case or backpack, so by the time it takes me to pull it out of my bag and installing the lens the shot has been long gone. From missing a breeze of wind blowing the autum leaves, to a celebrity encounter. There's just never enough time.

  • kristen proyous

    December 13, 2012 08:27 am

    My boyfriends 2 yr old son was mimicking his father pretending to work on his toy and the camera was on the wrong setting and the picture came out black :0( would have been a perfect in the moment shot

  • achesley

    December 13, 2012 08:21 am

    A few years back in Utah with my Minolta Dimage Z3. On my bike going down the road taking pictures with the left hand while driving with the right. Beautiful canyon shot coming up so got the camera all positioned to shoot as soon as I hit the sweet spot. Down loaded to computer that evening in motel room. A blurred picture of the lens cap almost flat on the lens and able to read Minolta on the cap.

  • Monica Justesen Photography

    December 13, 2012 08:11 am

    I was recently on a family vacation and we rented a boat in Florida and soon witnessed 10-15 dolphins coming closer and closer to our boat. I pulled out my camera and proceeded to get ready to capture some awesome shots. Before I knew it, dolphins were leaping out of the water into the air within 15 feet of our boat and wouldn't you know it, my memory card had an error out of nowhere! By the time I fixed it the dolphins, and the opportunity were long gone.

  • Dennis Judd

    December 13, 2012 08:05 am

    I took pics of ducks swimming in a small lake. When I reviewed the pics later, I discovered that the last few were beautiful abstract art photos.They were multiple parallel lines of various colors. Eventually, I discovered my CCD had gone belly up while shooting the ducks.

  • Holly

    December 13, 2012 07:03 am

    The most disappointing photograph that wasn't captured, was when my brother-in-law came from the US to see our son (his godson). The whole family went apple picking together, I asked my husband to put in a new card in the camera, and proceeded to happily click my afternoon away, the photograph that I thought would be a keeper, was our 13 month old son on his godfather's shoulders, reaching for an apple and another falling off a branch and hitting my brother-in-law on the head. I couldn't wait to upload this shot a couple days later. It was one of those shots, that I didn't end up getting, and which couldn't be reenacted. Sadly, this wasn't my husband's first camera issue, sadly we had a "no film" incident years early involving our eldest daughter's first smiles. Live and learn!

  • Eric

    December 13, 2012 05:13 am

    My 12 year old daughter and I attended a gymnastics meet and were lucky enough to met Nastia Liukin, she agreed to let me photograph her and my daughter before she had to leave and when I go to take the picture....bingo you gussed it the battery was dead (no spare), my daughter has not forgiven me :(

  • Karen

    December 13, 2012 04:40 am

    I was reviewing the shot I took of a grasshopper on my DSLR's LCD screen, when the grasshopper suddenly hopped on top of my camera. He looked like he wanted to see how his portrait turned out. I was so excited, if I moved fast enough, I could get a shot of the grasshopper on top of my camera and on the LCD. I grabbed my handy point and shoot, and could not get the autofocus to work (and couldn't remember how to switch to manual focus). Instead of the shot of a lifetime, I got blur instead. If you want to feel my pain, visit my photostream on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/repete7/

  • Pam Hutchins

    December 13, 2012 03:37 am

    I had just purchased my first digital camera...a ulta zoom point and shoot. I was in Massachusetts attending a conference and decided to take one of the tours of the shore towns. The tour included a trip out into the Atlantic to see whales. I was excited to be able to capture these lovely creatures - something I had never seen before! After quite awhile, the first whale breached...it was spectacular. I started snapping photos, hoping to get something. Suddenly, my camera stopped working. I finally figured out that the memory card was full! I didn't have another with me so I the rest of that trip remains in my brain's memory. I learned a lesson that I have not repeated in all these years later...bring back up everything, especially film.

  • Jarred

    December 13, 2012 03:22 am

    My son's (2) favorite thing in the world right now is Curious George. So, recently we took him to the zoo to see a real monkey. His eyes light up, I click... Nothing. The camera wouldn't focus, I switched to manual focus and got a shot, but missed THE shot.

  • Simon Walsh

    December 13, 2012 02:38 am

    I had been observing a couple of frogfish for weeks as they moved closer and closer to each other and deciided to take a well known photographer to see them. A beautiful couple they were, one green one yellow. I had been hoping to catch them on some sort of courtship/mating ritual and today I had my full set up just in case. Unbelievably as I got close to the area they were going at it, I am not sure exactly what "it" was but it sure was a sexy shot and not one I had ever seen. I floated down, set my strobes, estimated best approach angle and as I closed in brought the camera to my eye. Then realizing that I had a client with me I pulled up and waved him in graciously allowing him to get the shot, the full page magazine spread, the glory and fame. Never would I have admitted to him that despite perfect technique, perfect luck, perfect lighting and pure luck through perseverance that I had neglected to remove the lens cap on my my 105 lens in the housing. I can still see his photos in the magazine, they were almost as good as mine were going to be.

  • Joan Wallner

    December 13, 2012 02:28 am

    Early in my career as a reporter and photographer shooting film, I was called to the local high school to take a photograph of the math team that won regionals. Got there, lined all the kids up, took the photo and when I got back to the office realized there was no film in the camera.

    Rescheduled the photo shoot, lined the kids up, again, took the photo and, wanting to make sure I had film in the camera, accidently pushed the button that opened the back of the camera exposing the film! Ugh.

    Rescheduled it again... I'm sure the students thought I was a complete idiot... but the third time was a charm and their photo did appear in the newspaper.

  • Robert Taylor

    December 13, 2012 02:22 am

    A few years ago, we went to the Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. While there we took our fifth wheel travel trailer up to Mesa Verde in Colorado. The foliage was absolutely perfect. The colors were bright and vivid and I got some great photos. Returning to our campsite one evening, I spotted a wonderful view of a stream blending into a beautiful hillside of brilliant colors. The light not being right, I determined that I needed to shoot the scene about 9:00 the next morning, but we had to tear down and leave that day. As we approached the location, I was able to find a place to park my truck and the 34' trailer and walk back to the stream. I took about 20 shots and we went on our way back to New Mexico. It was only when we got to our campsite there that I discovered that there was NO memory card in the camera. You can be sure that I found the setting to warn me when that happened after that experience.

  • Jon C

    December 13, 2012 02:15 am

    Some years ago, sitting in the back of an open jeep by the side of the dirt road in Khana National Park, India, discussing the elusive tigers of Khana, a movement two hundred metres up the road caught my eye. A tiger walked out of the forest, crossed the road and just before it disappeared into the trees on the other side it walked through some early morning rays of sun, lighting up its flank as if it had caught on fire. The whole experience lasted about ten seconds and I had to decide whether to fumble in my bag for my camera and risk missing seeing this animal, or just commit the images to memory and enjoy the moment. I still can see it in my mind’s eye, but cannot, alas, show anyone a picture!

  • Nikki

    December 13, 2012 01:45 am

    I live in a city with a very long pedestrian bridge that goes over a river. I was walking across the bridge one night with some friends. I had just taken some photos but put my camera back in my bag. Well all of a sudden there was commotion on these cliffs that are visible from the bridge and a crowd of people there dropped a giant banner that said "-------, will you marry me?" at which point the guy with his girlfriend who was right in front of me dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring. I had a perfect, uninstructed shot of the proposal, her face as she started crying with joy, ad the banner behind them. So I pulled out my camera quickly, as I did so my speedlite got caught on something and wasn't secured properly and fell onto the bridge, cracking the sensor cover but otherwise not damaging it too badly. It almost fell into the water. I always think about that shot, but at least it was a very cool moment I was there to witness.

  • Reina Miranda

    December 13, 2012 01:36 am

    I was so excited to use my new lensbaby that I asked for for my birthday, turns out I got the Canon version instead of Nikon. The gift was returned and now I have to wait til Christmas for a new lens. Missing out on a lot of cool pics.

  • Keith

    December 13, 2012 01:12 am

    I decided to give my old Mamiya Press 6x9 cm rangefinder film camera an outing for the first time in 30+ years. Remembered how to load the film back and to remove the lens cap before shooting. Shot off two rolls of film which when processed came out blank - then I realised that I hadn't removed the dark-slide from the film back! Doh!

  • JP

    December 13, 2012 01:02 am

    Classic story from the days of film. Shot my daughter's 3rd birthday party... with no film loaded. :-/

  • Sue Arms

    December 13, 2012 12:48 am

    Wow! I actually have 2!! One recent & one some time ago.

    - a couple of days ago my 7 yr old grandson earned his place in " punt, pass & kick" competition held while seeing his favorite team, the GIANTS! He competed on the same field the Giants actually practice on, competed & won. Went up to take a picture of him rec'ing his awesome trophy & my Nikon camera malfunctioned. This has happened one time before w/this camera.

    - my 2nd malfunction was my first time snorkling in the Grand Cayman. I was having the time of my life in awe of the many & beautiful colorful tropicial fish God created. I stuck my head in the water chasing the variety of different sizes & schools of fish. I actually chased around some of the more cooler looking fish to making sure I had amazing shots. Captured many cool shots of them looking into my lens, etc only to find out that I didn't properly set the one time use disposable water camera so I am only left with a vivid memory. It still makes me laugh till this day when I think about how much fun I had in the extreme effort I put into the shots I didn't get.

  • Jean_H

    December 13, 2012 12:46 am

    On the first day of our "hot holiday" in Mexico as we walked along the beach I handed my husband my telephoto lens so I could use my standard for a few shots. He dropped it and it shattered. I decided at that point I could cry or just suck it up and get creative with some of my photography for the week we were there. No tears were shed and I did manage to get some great shots!

  • Tim Munsey

    December 13, 2012 12:21 am

    I set up a make shift hide with camouflage netting to photograph a Kingfisher, sat uncomfortably on a stall and waited, after an hour the bird came, landed for 2 seconds and went, no shot taken. From this I assumed I was still visible, so I set up a cable release and left my camera on the tripod and hid further away. 2 hours later the bird returned, I was able to a fire a few shots, the bird even did the look over the shoulder pose, beautiful!
    It flew off, I went and checked out my shots, the bird had landed further down the perch, all I had was the very top of its head and a bad temper!

  • Mike Walton

    December 13, 2012 12:15 am

    I had always wanted to capture the sunrise at Yorktown beach. Finally got a DSLR last year for Christmas. Planned my shoot by watching forecasts to determine the best looking sunrise. Got there an hour before dawn. Took some exposures with my 18-55, but liked the 70-300 a little better as I would be able to bring the refinery in the frame. Got everything ready to go, as the sun climbed up, the colors bloomed and everything was working according to plan! Got home, uploaded, and realized nothing was sharp. Turns out the "budget" tripod didn't lock securely and the weight of the tele lens was causing the head to creep down just enough to blur with the long exposure...

  • Brian

    December 13, 2012 12:06 am

    I was just recently walking around Berlin and had moved my camera to my pack because I was in some crowded areas and I didn't like having my camera dangling around my neck. Along the street came a guy in a bear costume, riding an old bicycle that was old and too small. The light was perfect and there was a great background interest that would have cinched a winner of a shot. As soon as I saw the scene developing I went for my camera. Perfect storm of problems ensued. I fumbled with the zipper, then the straps caught on the bag as I pulled it out, finally just as I could still pull off the shot, when I went for the shutter release I saw my card was full. I almost cried in agony and as the bear cycled past he waved at me. Insult to injury.

  • Adam

    December 12, 2012 10:45 pm

    We were vacationing in Santorini, Greece with a couple of friends. On the island is the city of Oia, which apparently has one of the most beautiful and photographed sunsets in the world.

    We eventually made it there after a long day or zipping around the island on our ATVs, and got there just in time for the sunset. I pulled out my camera, turned it on... and the battery died. I had no backups with me, and totally missed the one chance I ever had to photograph that sunset.

  • Tom Docherty

    December 12, 2012 10:32 pm

    I was taking photos of my wheelchair basketball team playing on court and even some personal 50mm close ups of the crowds reactions.
    By the time I got to importing them into the computer something had happened with the memory card or the upload procedure.
    All photos were lost and everything was currupted. Felt pretty deverstating

  • climbergirl

    December 12, 2012 10:09 pm

    I was in Peru for two weeks on a short term mission trip. I took hundreds of shots of the people, little kids, market places, scenery, me and my teammates holding and interacting with kids, shots of my sister and I meeting the little girl we sponsor, etc. I had previewed some of them on the screen and knew I had some good ones.

    They day before we left, we went down to the beach to take a group shot of our team. Somehow, I still don't know what happened, something happened to the card. When I hit the button to glance through the pictures, a blank white screen showed up. All of my shots, to my knowledge, were gone! When I got back, I gave the card to a techy person I knew and he managed to rescue some of the shots. At least 2/3 were completely gone and of the ones left, many had solid grey bars covering parts of the photo. Out of the 700 or so I took, about 190 of them were still good.

    I still don't know what happened. The camera is fine. I have no idea what could have damaged the card in such a way.

  • makanimike

    December 12, 2012 10:06 pm

    just 10 days ago I was out supporting an old buddy at his first ironman triathlon, taking photo duties. due to me forgetting my battery - so perhaps the malfunction piece of kit was in truth me - I missed critical shots of him jumping on his bike after the shot with my B cam with the wide angle lens. In desperation I had to do my best shooting from my wrist with a 50mm while running alongside him. not a single in focus shot. heck, I hardly even got any shots where my mate was in frame.

  • Matt B

    December 12, 2012 10:04 pm

    It's 1992, I'm heading off to my first Formula 1 Grand Prix, trusty old Nikon F3 in hand, new 500mm mirror lens, and a few dozen rolls of 35mm Fuji film. I open the back to load the film, a juggliung act at the best of times, film cannister in mouth, pop the top drop the roll straight onto the shutter, promptly bending the ultra thin and delicate shutter blades. Game Over.

  • Patrick Dinneen

    December 12, 2012 09:22 pm

    The band Alabama 3 (they sing the theme tune from The Sopranos) were playing in Galway as part of this year's St. Arthrus/Guinness Day.
    They were playing in the oudoor/smoking section of a small pub and this meant that fans got a lot closer to the stage and band compared to at a normal gig.
    They posed for me before they went onstage and throughout the gig I was standing about 2 feet in front of the stage and there was great lighting as it was outdoor and bright. At any gig I'v photographed in the past it'd been indoors with lighting that makes photograhing hard.

    I went home delighted and excited to looking through the photos properly. I inserted my card into my laptop and it gave me a read failure! I put the card back into my camera and also got a read failure.

    There was a problem with my memory card or card slot and the card had chipped slightly and all photos lost! To make it worse the band had asked me for the photos so they could have ended up on their webiste with me getting credited.

  • hr

    December 12, 2012 06:14 pm

    I lost a couple of potentially good shots during a fireworks show. All well prepared, good location, steady tripod, but then the remote shutter release failed and triggered sporadically only during the ‘grand finale’. Still got some shots, but not really what I wanted.

  • Angela Pritchard

    December 12, 2012 04:48 pm

    On the second day of a two day "behind the scenes" photography class at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, they were baiting the black bear so we could get some good shots. I lifted my Nikon and pressed the shutter button... nothing. My mirror locked up and the screen read "error". The shutter had stopped working. I actually cried. One of my classmates felt so bad for me, she ran back to the classroom to get her spare camera for me to use but it was too late... the bear had already gone back into it's den. I was really sad that day.

  • Pete Zerria

    December 12, 2012 04:29 pm

    I was photographing the Ordination of a Priest. During the pre-shoot meeting the candidate’s mother was very clear about my capturing the moment of the “Laying of the Hands” by the Bishop (a very important point in the ceremony when the man is elevated to the Priesthood). If I missed everything else I would be forgiven if I only came away with that moment—If I missed that moment my name would be mud. This point of action in the three-hour ceremony takes all of two minutes from start to finish. I was hand-holding a 9 pound Mamiya RB-67 camera and strobe rig. It was familiar gear to me and I was shooting flawlessly all day. The RB-67 has a complicated method of taking an image, a two step process of cocking the shutter and advancing the film. Combine that action with artistically composing the shot, manually focusing and manually setting the aperture for flash to subject distance and it gives a photographer a lot to think about. The moment of interest came and at that very second my camera jammed. Feverishly I fumbled trying to get it to operate but no dice. With my heart in my throat I went to my back up camera, a 35mm SLR (not DSLR) Nikon F2 and got the shot in the nick of time. When I returned the finish product the shot was there which made for a very happy client who no idea that I aged 40 years in 90 seconds.

  • Darryl

    December 12, 2012 04:16 pm

    My worst malfunction occured on my first wedding photo shoot many years ago. I was using an old film style Pentex and shot the whole portrait portion of the wedding, but upon changing rolls of film I discovered that the film had detached from the take-up spool and none of the shots had been recorded on film. My maticulous planing of poses was for not. My ingeniuos masterpieces would have to wait.

  • ccting

    December 12, 2012 03:45 pm

    I have two cameras with different lenses which different purposes. I always put my another camera on elsewhere and troublesome myself to change camera. As the result, i dropped one of the camera when changing the camera, causing the lens broken and camera malfunction that i miss shots the most precious moment in the biggest event in my country. If i have had the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap for the job, this never ever happen to me..

    Please,, i need the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap so much.. it will help me a lot a lot for my daily tasks.

  • Bryan Yong

    December 12, 2012 03:40 pm

    It was snowing in Denali, Alaska. I'm from Malaysia. I wanted to get a good shot of the snow falling down with the mountains in the background but that desire was halted by a non weather sealed, malfunctioned Canon 600d. Sigh... I still dread til today.

  • Mike B

    December 12, 2012 03:32 pm

    A few years ago I was in Hong Kong on a visit by skyway along the coast to Ocean Park. After taking many photos on my FILM camera both along the route and at the park I then found to my dismay that the end of the film had not engaged and I had no photos.

  • Blake

    December 12, 2012 03:15 pm

    I was out and noticed how fluffy and solid looking the clouds were, then noticed that one of the cloud formed the perfect shape of a Koopa Trooper from the Mario games. Coming up behind it was a larger one that looked like it could have been Mario. The best one was behind that one, which looked like a large lizard, almost like a fatter Godzilla. That was the one day I decided to leave my camera at home!

  • Scapevision

    December 12, 2012 02:52 pm

    This summer I went to Hawaii and brought my 7D with me. It was all going great until the second day on the island, when I did a 1 min shot in 30C in direct sunlight. I took the shot and changed the lens just to find out my camera wouldn't come back to life at all. This same day I was driving through the island in the mountains and decided to get up on the highest point-the Mauna Kea crater. It is 4,207m high, well above the cloud level. It just so happened that it was the best time to be up there, as it was the sunset time and the were a lot of clouds with sun peeking through. Once I got beyond the cloud level I saw the most magical sunset in my life with something you usually experience looking out of an airplane window. Needless to say, my camera had absolutely zero signs of life so I can't share this magic with you...I had the best and worst day right then and there.
    P.S. My camera came back to life a couple days later, but kept acting up right until the moment I got back to Canada.

  • Dianne Boothe

    December 12, 2012 02:48 pm

    Shooting the finish of a big horserace, the "brand new" battery failed! Just bought the camera,they threw in an extra battery, never mentioned it wasn't a Nikon! When i went to the camera shop after, and told them, they switched the battery for a Nikon. Little too late though.

  • David

    December 12, 2012 02:36 pm

    Was shooting wedding day photo for a best friend with my Canon 5D. Just as I switched to continuous shooting to capture the march-in moment, a loud click and the viewfinder went black. The mirror fell out.

    Scuttled aside, with a pair of eyelash tweezers and some superglue, fixed in a few minutes. But that precious moment was lost.

  • Sandra

    December 12, 2012 02:30 pm

    I was taking shots of my grandaughter & my dog, Indi who is a big doggie, had the perfect shot but my battery went dead. Hoping to try to get another some day!

  • Rob Noonan

    December 12, 2012 02:21 pm

    (Sorry, message may have been sent before complete. Here is the continuation)

    My wife, two year-old son and Michael Jordan in his prime

    Michael Jordan whisked past my wife, and knowing I was right behind, he called out to him to stop for a picture. For some reason he spun around, walked back to her and served up the pose of the century.

    I pulled up the camera, pressed the shutter release, and up popped the built in flash. I feverishly pressed again and heard the high pitched whine of the flash charging. I had not yet taken a picture indoors and the auto-everything camera had not yet adjusted to the dimly lit indoors.

    Behind me were a throng of parents and kids in hot pursuit and Michael was on his way. Ironically it was the cheap camera strap around my neck that kept the camera from being tossed to the ground as I instantly realized I didn't get the shot. My son is now 16 and I've never had a second chance to take that one over.

  • Jeremy Christian

    December 12, 2012 02:18 pm

    1st of January, 2006, it was the 1st Birthday of my friend's daughter. Me and my friends had gathered to celebrate the 1st Birthday. At that time I had a point and shoot Kodak EASYSHARE DX7630 camera, I still admire the camera.

    We started to sing the birthday song. I had prepared in my mind the kind of shots I wanted to take - a candle lit on the cake, she blowing the candle, cake cutting, etc.

    It was about that time I switched on the camera, it didn't get on! I tried again, didn't work. I removed the battery, reinserted it and tried again, sill no luck. It just DIED without any reason :(

    It was working perfectly fine, no complaints what so ever, prior to this incident.

    The next camera that I bought was a DSLR!

  • Sandra Burchett

    December 12, 2012 02:17 pm

    Lens malfunction. Right in the middle of a wedding. It seemed that the camera just wouldn't recognize the lens at all. No autofocus, couldn't even change the aperture. Arggg! Luckily, I turned the camera off and on a couple of times, and it started working. Bought a new lens since then, of course!

  • Mikee Warkentin

    December 12, 2012 01:47 pm

    I was invited to a Christmas banquet recently by a few friends and was asked to bring my camera. I brought it and my new thrift store flash I had acquired joyously excited to try it out. When it came around to picture time after the meal, the flash never fired. And that's what $5 buys you at the thrift shop.

  • John

    December 12, 2012 01:45 pm

    I've been fairly fortunate so far and haven't had too many gear malfunctions, but one that does stick out in my mind is when I was photographing a night sky time-lapse and I'd set my camera up, made sure everything was working and then left it to do it's deal. Got back to my camera to find out I'd only captured 15 shots of the planned 200 due to some kind of read error on my SD card.

    The bright side is that I was able to get the time-lapse captured the next night without a problem - feel free to watch it here if you're curious :) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrdNDcydx9o

  • Martin

    December 12, 2012 01:36 pm

    I'd have to say my biggest gear malfunction... Offering to do a small photoshoot for a friend and pulling out my camera with my 18-250mm zoom lenses. I go to set it at my favoured 80mm for portrait when all I hear is a dry "Crack" as I turn the zoom ring. Lets just say the shoot happened on a nifty-fifty with a follow-up bill of repairs.

    Guess my zoom wasn't a fan of hard travel, brick walls and highly variable weather conditions.

  • Dirk

    December 12, 2012 01:17 pm

    1988. My girlfriend's sorority formal. I bought a tux; she's beautiful. Shot a roll with my Pentax ME-Super. The next day, she dumps me at breakfast at Denny's. Heartbroken. Two years...over. Go to get the film processed, open the back and the film's not threaded properly; it never advanced. Turns out my mother went to a parade with my camera and had a drug store clerk load it for her. All I have are memories.

  • Cramer Imaging

    December 12, 2012 12:52 pm

    On a hike with camera, found a deer in a normal hunting zone but out-of-season. Would have been good except that the battery died. Had no spare. :(

    Another hike, found two coyotes. Tried to change the lens but made too much noise. Grrrrrrrr.

  • Michael Schuier

    December 12, 2012 12:40 pm

    A couple years ago I had just gotten a 40D to go with me on a trip to England on a summer college exchange trip. While there I wanted desperately to go to Wimbledon. After going on the second day of the tournament my friend and I went back for the quarterfinals to see fellow American, Fish. Half way through the first set the camera's shutter locked up. After turning off the camera and turning it back on, to hear the shutter fall back down, it happened again. Both times the image was pure white. After that the camera would not even fire. I never got a single photo from the quarter finals. After that I had to ship my 30D from home to England and my 40D off to repair. During that time I had a weekend trip to Scotland, there with no camera. So, I don't know if this is counts as not getting one shot, but many.

  • Achmad Yanuar

    December 12, 2012 12:30 pm

    last year on my sister's wedding party.. after the party ended, my sister want to take a shot with the whole family.. so, I take my Camera on a tripod and use 10sec timer.. the whole family portrait was taken, and I take back my Camera to it's strap.. then I saw a really really lovely moment when my sister, her husband and others joke around and laugh together.. I'm aiming, pushing the shutter halfway, then push it hard.. but OMG, I forgot to change the timer...

  • candis

    December 12, 2012 12:24 pm

    I was in Boston on a working vacation when I was walking along the water when a great shot line up, boat coming in, good lighting, bird on a post making a great depth of field shot. Pulled my camera out and somehow the difference in temperatures between my bag and the outdoors caused my lens to fog then crack. Thankfully it was just my UV filter, but by the time I got the filter off to take the shot, the bird and boat had both moved out of the shot.

  • Daniel

    December 12, 2012 12:03 pm

    I was taking street pictures with my 50mm f/1.8 lens, when suddenly it damaged (no AF), so I missed a bunch of good shots because I was so slow trying to focus manually

  • Ed van Loon

    December 12, 2012 11:37 am

    On the shore of Aruba I saw a big bird hunting a seagull, with his mouth wide open and heading right to my it was a beautiful moment. Because of the bad Af I missed that great shot and blurred out. That was a shot of a live time that I've missed.
    Regards,
    Ed

  • terri

    December 12, 2012 11:04 am

    While taking pictures at a babyshower it was present opening time. The parents to be opened a bag with a white knit baby blanket with a yellow border ribbon. The mom to be shared it was her own baby blanket and teared up and for a moment she looked beautiful and fragile and I snapped away. There wasnt a dry eye in the house ...including mine. So I didnt notice my memory card was full. I quickly got a new one in but the moment was gone.

  • Kelly

    December 12, 2012 10:54 am

    I had taken my new 50mm 1.4 lens with me on vacation to Jamaica. I used it the first couple days and loved it. Halfway through the trip I brought it in my purse to photograph a restaurant. When I sat down it rolled out of my purse, fell on the tile floor and broke in half. Needless to say there were no restaurant photos or any other 1.4 shots that trip.

  • Mike

    December 12, 2012 10:51 am

    On vacation on Kiawah Island, SC in June. 95 Degrees in the shade at dusk with 95% humidity walking down the beach. Camera on auto focus settings. 10' Loggerhead turtle emerges from ocean 25' away en route to nest in the dunes. Unbelievable sight. My 6 year daughter and 10 year old son point it out, I go to shoot, camera is twisted in strap. I struggle, get it untwisted, and go to take the photo and the camera wouldn't fire. The humidity was too high and hazy for auto focus to lock on. By the time I thought to switch to manual focus, it was too late!

  • Jim

    December 12, 2012 10:29 am

    I had spent several hours shooting kids at the local high school's last football game of the season. I was frustrated as some of the girls that I had been ask to take pictures of, well lets just say, weren't cooperating with the camera. One in particular, had looked away or made a funny face each time she noticed me, and I had no pictures for her parents. As I was to head elsewhere, someone yelled "I like that tutu" to her and she gave a classic pose and smile...Arg! I had already popped my lens cap back on! Still no picture!

  • Olly Pohlmann

    December 12, 2012 10:21 am

    Going from a photoshoot to a friend's gathering I decided to drop my gear off at home first. My route to my friend's house took me past the royal Hampton Court Palace outside London. The sky was deep red with sunset, bands of rain, deep moody clouds. Right there, hanging over the Palace was a perfectly formed full rainbow. That shot would have been my most epic, were it not for the fact my camera was sitting safely in my study.

  • Noel Lambert

    December 12, 2012 10:06 am

    Having got on well with it (for two shots!) I borrowed a friend's SLR camera to take pictures on a rail tour of Europe in 1986. First up was the Bergen to Oslo train journey, seven hours of landscape bliss all captured on 35mm. All captured then lost because I didn't know about the release button on the bottom of the camera. Broke the film forcing the mechanism, then took a look inside just to make sure that the Chemist wouldn't be able to rescue anything. Reverted to Kodak instamatic for years. Gutted about all this even today, was quite theraputic getting it off my chest though. Thanks.

  • Kenny Sampson

    December 12, 2012 10:04 am

    At the Outer Banks over Thanksgiving weekend, my wife was shooting different things on the ride down, and the kids when we got there. I had my DSLR but she was using a point and shoot. I hadn't gotten my camera out when all this was going on. After getting the kids playing on the beach, she turned the camera on, and the memory card failed, and lost all the photos from the first day. Luckily for her I carry extra cards and she was able to continue using it throughout the trip.

  • DRicca

    December 12, 2012 09:55 am

    In Paris, walking around ALL DAY, my Canon 60D around my neck, I took pictures - The Louvre, the "Love Bridge", the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine. After all, I had 64 GB on a card to play with, right? Wrong!! Later, looking back at my photos... "No SD card inserted".

  • Ashley

    December 12, 2012 09:53 am

    My awesome 18-70 kit lens had a cracked internal focus ring for several years (Nikon diagnosed it on the third warranty visit). Every now and then it would fail to focus; somehow it always happened with no time to manually focus. I missed a lot of pictures with that lens.

  • David

    December 12, 2012 09:51 am

    At the SD Zoo Wild Animal Park, the Lion exhibit is brand new and the lion has walked up to the glass and is looking at us. A ~3 year old boy walks up to the glass and is standing as close to the glass as he can, face pressed against it. Lion looks at kid and puts paw up to glass. Paw is bigger than kids head. My camera goes click, click, click and the flash card says fail fail fail.

  • Eitan

    December 12, 2012 09:30 am

    Grand Canyon - wife and I asked a passerby to snap a photo of us in the early morning while the sun was just up and there was great definition in the colors of the rocks and tress and shadows.
    The passerby dropped the camera.
    One of the most beautiful locations in the world + broken camera = Nuff said.

  • Ben

    December 12, 2012 09:14 am

    During our honeymoon in China, we went to the Yellow Mountains (think of scenery like the floating mountains in Avatar). Another couple asked me to help take a photo for them, and I suggested that they go stand over on a rock bridge between rock caves, and I would take the photo from overhead. So I waited for a few minutes for the husband to go join his wife and started taking photos for them. Their card ran out of memory after the first shot, I didn't have the heart to tell them.

  • Lucas Tan

    December 12, 2012 09:14 am

    It was a beautiful summer day when me and my pal went to the Julian Alps to trek. While on the mountain top the weather quickly deteriorated and we were hit by hail and rain without cover. I hid my camera in my jacket to protect it while we struggled to camp. The next morning the sun rose from the mountains. An absolutely gorgeous sight to behold. I took my camera out and pressed the shutter button, short circuiting my camera. Turns out the body heat in my jacket caused some water to condense on the circuit board. I lost the perfect shot and ruined my camera.

  • Alan W.

    December 12, 2012 08:22 am

    Kayaking near Valdez, Alaska, we started our trip to a glacier by paddling up a tidal river in the morning, (the river flowed inward with the tide in the AM, and flowed the opposite direction a few hours later). As we entered the glacial lake, the river got shallow, and I had to set my camera in the kayak (I didn't have a strap or bag with me), then carry the kayak a few dozen feet over the not-quite-full stream bed.

    As I set the kayak down on the bank, it tips over, spilling the contents into the shallow by fast-moving 5ºC (40ºF) water, my camera included. Everything except the battery compartment was waterproof, so I took out the battery and tried to dry out the compartment. I left a shammy in there to dry it out more, because I didn't want to short the camera and lose the photos to that point.

    We get back in our kayaks and paddle towards a large rock in the middle of the lake - cue the guide saying, "Get your cameras ready, you won't want to miss this!" 30-seconds later, a massive flock of birds which were nesting in the rocks took off, hundreds of birds taking flight all at once!

    My camera finished drying out a 1/2-hour later.

  • Adam Lewis

    December 12, 2012 08:20 am

    Was at the Christmas lights event, got ahold decent spot, cameras everywhere, some shots had others' heads/arms etc in. Then I looked to the side, a grumpy old man in red with a big white beard getting ready to make his appearance on stage... Picking his nose! Would be a great photo, camera came up, neck strap snapped and camera fell nicely into a puddle. Lovely broken camera.

  • Mike Porter

    December 12, 2012 07:47 am

    Last year on a trip to LA I was about to photograph Danny Devito on Hollywood Boulevard from 8 feet away. My Panasonic Lumix's shutter failed to fire and he walked on past, got into a GMC and drove off! Back home the Lumix went on eBay!

  • Robert L

    December 12, 2012 07:41 am

    Years ago I purchased tickets from a scalper in the back of a van at old RFK stadium in DC - the tickets said "Field" - I was sure that I had got ripped off but bought the pair anyway. Low and behold - they had 2 sets of bleachers at the corner of the end zone - 1 at each end of the field. A bunch of us kept getting closer to the field and security came over and pointed out everyone but me and told us to get back to our seats - I looked back at my GF and she mouthed " go have fun". By then I had nearly already used my 2 rolls of film then after the film was used up...... as I was sitting in the back of the end zone I had to jump out of the way as Art Monk caught a TD pass and ran by me .....D'oh

  • Jonathan

    December 12, 2012 07:36 am

    This is copied from a blog post of mine, from several years ago.

    While on vacation in Northern Wisconsin, I was biking the trail along Trout Lake, hoping to get some photos of loons. That portion of the trail runs along the lake shore, with a buffer of trees of about 10 feet. The trees make for a decent blind, so the birds don’t get scared away. I had seen loons (fairly close by) along that section of trail in the past and I was hoping for a good shot. I had my camera setup with a telephoto lens, ready to go in my bike’s saddle bag. At one point I did see some loons off in the distance a bit. I took a few photos, but they were a little too far away. Back on the bike I went, continuing to scan the nearby shore. Suddenly, a shadow overhead caused me to look up. There was a bald eagle swooping by, about 20 feet above me.

    My thoughts turned to the camera in my saddle bag as the eagle continued away from me, along the shore. The eagle must have been searching the shallows for a fish to eat. I quickly stopped pedaling and got out my camera, in case the eagle would grant me another photo opportunity. Just as I got my hands on the camera, the eagle swooped back toward my direction. She was going to take another look at that section of beach! I excitedly raised the camera to my eye, followed the eagle as it approached, lined it up nicely in the frame, waited for the right moment, and pressed the shutter. Nothing. In my haste to take the picture, I had neglected to turn the camera on. As I lowered the dormant Nikon to flip the switch, the eagle move out of site along the trees.

  • JessieJ

    December 12, 2012 07:31 am

    My husband spent three years building a beautiful, hand-made, mahogany boat. I had been taking pictures along the way and intend to make a photobook for him once it's completely finished (still waiting on a horn and paint for the motor). On the day we took it for sea trials, I grabbed my new DSLR and planned to take all kinds of great shots of it in the water and him standing proudly in front of it.

    I took dozens of pictures and then put the camera back in the truck so that it wouldn't get wet once we started actually boating. Once we got home, I uploaded the photos to my laptop and realized that all my settings were wrong and every single picture was blown out. Can't see a thing. I was so upset.

    Thankfully, the next weekend we did the official christening with champagne and naming her. Our parents came along (we're silly, but after three years, this was a huge deal) and I was able to get some really great shots that day. So, I supposed I was saved in the end.

  • TeresaG

    December 12, 2012 07:24 am

    My first trip to Niagra Falls: (when I was still shooting with film) I took a roll of 24 photos, only to realize as my camera continued to count up to 36 that the film never caught on the spool & I did not get even 1 of those great photo's I thought I had - the good news was, the film was still good, the bad news: we had moved on & couldn't recreate those moments :(

  • Salman Ahmed

    December 12, 2012 06:53 am

    Photographing a baby at 5 months can be tough. I was taking shots from above and in the shots when baby smiled my strap came in the frame.

  • Kiet

    December 12, 2012 06:51 am

    Factories lighted up bright as machine city in "The Matrix". Morning sun peeking through. Plumes of smoke rising from smoke stacks. Pulled over to shoulder, turned on hazard blinkers; grabbed camera, composed, snapped, jumped back into car. Checked photo later, lens was on MF, and everything was just a blur....

  • Ryan

    December 12, 2012 06:51 am

    I was on group outing to Yankee Stadium with a group of young Veterans and we got the chance to meet Yankee great Nick Swisher. Upon him exiting the clubhouse to greet us and a photo opt my camera battery malfunctioned and I missed the opportunity to get any shots with Mr. Swisher!! So bummed..

  • James Murphy

    December 12, 2012 06:50 am

    Walking to Bassenthwaite Lake hoping to see an Osprey, camera around neck, backpack / tripod over shoulder. As I approached the lake, the osprey was just catching breakfast and in my haste to get the picture, got tangled with rucksack and camera strap and tripod, and when I eventually got the camera up, all I got was a dot in the sky.

  • Ben

    December 12, 2012 06:46 am

    In may (i think) the queen of england was touring the UK including accrington. I knew this would be a perfect time for photography and a once in a lifetime experience. As i was taking my body cap off and preparing to put my 70-300 on, the lens slipped from my hand, cracking onto the floor. when i picked it up, the front element had cracked and the focus ring was stuck. I was left to shoot with my mobile phone.

  • Thinkeye

    December 12, 2012 06:45 am

    I was walking on a bank of a river during my lunch break, when two dogs came around. In one moment the smaller one jumped in perfect position and I have pressed the shutter - just to start focus hunting. I have done my first photo of a dog's tail.

  • B Sherwin

    December 12, 2012 06:29 am

    I knew I was planning to go take family fall pictures on the height of color at the state park. I calculated everything down to the where and time of day for the perfect family picture. Thinking ahead, I plugged my camera battery into the wall and went to bed. The next morning, I gathered my gear, drove to the park, and when I flipped my camera to on...nothing happened. At that point it hit me...the battery was still plugged into the wall at home. By the time I would have retrieved the battery and returned to the park, the sun would be in such a position as to kill the perfect shot with squinting and harsh shadows. By the next week, the leaves were gone.

  • Chris

    December 12, 2012 06:22 am

    I was in Washington D.C., looking to shoot Jewish life there, and this fully chassidic (ultra-orthodox) man walked by. The lighting was great, however, I was shooting out a car window with a point-and-shoot, and the stinkingflash went off, ruining the shot. I am still very bummed that I didn't get that shot. It would have been perfect.

  • Ian Lee

    December 12, 2012 06:15 am

    I was shooting for a high school football game at the perfect position, the guy was running straight at me for the touchdown. when i tried bursting for the shot. Error 20 came up and the shutter was stuck. I missed that shot and had to get my shutter replaced.

  • James Kellar

    December 12, 2012 05:58 am

    I'm not sure if this is a malfunction. I guess it's more of a brain is a terrible thing to waste scenario. I was photographing a wedding, and I had my 5d with my 580ex attach on the hot shoe. I had a Canon battery pack attached to my 580, which was looped on my belt. I had been shooting the pre-wedding festivities when I thought it might be a good idea to take care of some business in the bathroom before the ceremony started. I've always had trouble with what to do with my equipment when going to the bathroom. That is I mean my camera equipment. So before I entered the bathroom I took off my camera and flash and set it on a shelf that just out side before entering the room. It seems that I forgot that the battery was still attached to my belt. Lo, and behold when I reached the end ene of the coiled cable the camera came sliding off the shelf and crashed to the floor. After taking inventory of all the parts on the floor. I noticed that the battery door was broken on the camera along with the hot shoe mount on my flash. I did miss a couple of shots, but because I happened to bring a second camera body, and a second flash I didn't miss many.

  • Renato S.

    December 12, 2012 05:48 am

    I was walking out of the subway and I saw the shot, it was a reflection of the sunset in the mirror of a car and the angle was perfect, I tried to get my camera to take the shot, but as I tried to turn the camera on, it was actually on and the battery was dead. Somehow the camera turned itself on while it was in my backpack, I don't know. As I tried to look for my other battery, the car was leaving.

  • Matthew Hamilton

    December 12, 2012 05:43 am

    Traveling in Florence, Italy, i rounded a corner to see a bicycle tour led by an older man in a wide brimmed hat, white suit, and regal mustache smiling widely. Pulling my camera from the bag, the strap stuck and I was unable to get the shot by the time they had passed.

  • Dascenc

    December 12, 2012 05:41 am

    I was at Elington Field about to photograph the Space Shuttle Endeavour depart Houston for the last time when right as I was to shoot my camera would not turn on. I had failed to do a operations check before hand, if I had done so I would of noticed that I forgot to put in the battery.

  • jens

    December 12, 2012 05:31 am

    Shot a wedding (as second photog), went inside, got the best spot for when the couple entered the building, Camera dead. Five minutes later, the camera worked again. Condensation, I guess.

  • Sherri Stone

    December 12, 2012 05:07 am

    My cat was belly up under the Christmas tree recently so I grabbed for my camera. The cap popped off and made a loud noise startling Buddy who looked at me as if to say "what happened?" I totally missed the shot.

  • Brad J

    December 12, 2012 05:03 am

    I went to my girlfriend's master's degree commencement ceremony with my dslr, anticipating some cool shooting in a beautiful venue but once there, realized I forgot to charge my battery and it was almost completely dead. I got a handful of pictures out of it before it gave up the ghost and I had to shoot the rest with my iPhone...

  • Michael

    December 12, 2012 04:47 am

    Walking across the Tower Bridge in London on a trip last spring, I spotted a fantastic opportunity to capture an amazing street scene where a confused man had walked out into traffic, thus stopping it entirely. Oblivious to the fact that he was blocking the road, the man proceeded to attempt to "conduct" traffic as a conductor would a symphony! I reached into my pocket to retrieve my trusty Canon SD1100 (my 5d was buried in my backpack, natch), which immediately slipped out of my grip and smashed on the pavement. It ended up with a broken screen, and the lens wouldn't open. So much for capturing the moment!

  • John Fink

    December 12, 2012 04:38 am

    Went to half moon bay. Had beautiful shot of beach with fog coming. When I went to press the shutter...nothing. I had forgoten to change the battery to a fully charged one, plus I had no extra.

  • Bernard

    December 12, 2012 04:35 am

    Was hiking through the Swiss Alps looking for a shot of a Eurasian lynx. They are extremely reclusive creatures and very difficult to find. Had stopped to adjust my strap for more comfortable hiking when one ran right across my path 20 meters ahead. What a blown opportunity!

  • Reuben Cohn

    December 12, 2012 04:30 am

    I was on a road-trip with my wife for our Anniversary, and we were taking some sunset landscape shots that I thought would turn out amazing. What I forgot was that my big heavy strap was dangling in the wind adding vibration to every shot! I was gutted when I saw they were all a little blurry =(

  • Bruce Clement

    December 12, 2012 04:28 am

    Out this past weekend for winter bird shots and spotted a little white weasel peaking out of a hollow log. Whipped camera up, shot a series of five then noticed my manual settings were set way too high and everything was blown out especially the weasel, who was now gone.

  • Sam

    December 12, 2012 04:22 am

    I just bought my 1st 5D MK2 and this was my first year as a full time wedding photographer. The bride and groom wanted to do a first look. As the bride turned around and saw her groom for the first time, and started weeping, the mirror locked up, became unhinged and for some god forsaken reason only 1/4 of the image was captured and it fried my card. Not only did I miss that shot, I lost whatever was in that card. dammit!!! It still hurts to think about and it was three years ago.

  • Randy Huard

    December 12, 2012 04:06 am

    I looked outside and all the rooftops in my neighbourhood were completely covered in black birds. I grabbed my camera, ran outside...no film. Ran inside, put new film in, ran outside...battery dead. Grabbed spare battery, ran outside...birds were all gone. Nobody believes that it happened. Sigh.

  • Jordyn Grimes

    December 12, 2012 04:05 am

    I was taking family portraits with a 35 mm film camera because we wanted to go old school for these. When they got developed some of the best ones were way too dark and it turned out that there was a film malfunction.

  • Tony

    December 12, 2012 04:00 am

    This past summer I got married, we had a two week honeymoon in England and France. The last part of the trip we were in France at Versailles in the gardens behind the palace waiting for our tour to start. I got two crummy shots and then went to adjust the exposure and that was it. The camera wouldn't do anything, the shutter clicked but no image on the screen. I tried pulling the battery, memory card, even the lens! Nothing would coax it back to life. At the same my wife's camera started acting up, turned out both sets of batteries she brought for her camera were dead. So by the time we got to tour the inside, neither of us had a working camera, at least dozens of missed shots inside and out at Versailles and the rest of the week we spent in Disneyland Paris.

  • Sharlea

    December 12, 2012 03:55 am

    A bald eagle. I missed the shot on an American bald eagle that was just a few feet away because I was fiddling with a shoulder bag full of gear. If I had a better strap, I would not have been caught fumbling and only gotten to just watch the big, majestic bird fly away into the blue sky. An Ultrafit Sling Strap would make my Christmas --- then, I would be ready in February when the eagles are back in my area!

  • Marcia

    December 12, 2012 03:54 am

    Our son's very first Christmas in 1977. Of course it was 35mm film back then, and at the end of the day, we realized there was no film in the camera. Hard to recreate after the fact on something like that!

  • Yoan

    December 12, 2012 03:53 am

    It was more than a year ago. I had had my first DSLR for just a few months and I still hadn't fully got known to its settings, handling, etc.
    I woke up very early one morning before the sun had risen. I live somewhat close to the coast so I took my bike and rode towards the beach. I arrived there and was amazed by the beautiful clouds and the first sun rays peeking behind them. I set up my tripod and camera, set it up and took some pictures. They looked great on-screen and I didn't have the patience to return home and post-process them! When I finally did, I reviewed the pictures on my monitor, but when I zoomed in a bit I noticed all of them were blurry due to the fact I had forgotten to turn off my lens' stabilization! Argh! Since then, I always remember to check that!

  • Diane Werner

    December 12, 2012 03:47 am

    I always carry a camera for the "what ifs!" One day while driving down an interesting country road looking for some interesting wildlife, two geese came up to my car window and just flew there next to me for quite a while! It was like I could touch them!! I was so in awe of them that I forgot I had a camera. As I struggled to get my smaller camera out of its case, the geese began to fly ahead of me. When I finally got the camera out and turned on, I realized that I had not put in an SD card!! Sometimes life just happens and we have to learn how to appreciate it!

  • Cranios

    December 12, 2012 03:47 am

    OK, I was out in the woods five years ago. An alien spacecraft landed, the door opened and out stepped Elvis. I could see through the open door, that Amelia Earhart was at the controls, and Hitler was the co-pilot. I had my Nikon D80, but had forgotten to put the SD card back into it!
    I am pretty sure i will never get to take a shot like that, again.

  • Hansel

    December 12, 2012 03:46 am

    My friend was playing football, he had crouched down in a defensive position. There was beautiful split lighting on his face. Just when I was about to fire the shutter someone walked by the front of my camera ! And when I looked back he had moved on to another position far off..

  • Dom

    December 12, 2012 03:44 am

    Back in the film days, a friend of mine lent me his reflex camera and asked me to be the "official" photographer for his wedding. It turned out that the shutter was not functioning properly and would only expose the bottom two thirds of all the shots I have taken that day (i.e. many).

  • Alim H

    December 12, 2012 03:37 am

    I was in India last year, traveling through a village in Kashmir. It was a chilly night and we stopped by a roadside stand to warm up with a cup of chai. There were several kids there and after we shared some glances and smiles they worked up the courage to ask me to take their picture. As I was standing up, one kid noticed my camera slung to my side. He reached to grab for it and the strap BROKE. Not expecting it to be so heavy, the camera fell from his hands and the lens was cracked.

  • Paul Worthington

    December 12, 2012 03:35 am

    I was driving my girlfriend's parents around Yosemite. Ahead of us, traffic was stopped, cars parked willy-nilly -- which means only one thing: animal sighting. We stopped and got out, and sure enough, there were a few bears in the distance.
    I and a dozen others were taking photos. Some of us started stepping closer and closer, gingerly at first, and then...
    And then me and one other guy were walking/almost running after a bear, snapping shots...
    This only went on for a minute of course, before I realized the near-suicidal insanity of chasing a bear for some photos.... I stopped, and yelled after the other guy who was still walking, "Hey, this is not a good idea."
    Never saw him again...
    And I never saw the photos. I also snapped shots of the family posing by waterfalls, big trees, etc... And at the end of the day, I was horribly embarrassed to find out I'd never put the storage card back in the camera!
    [In my defense: cameras should not show a "captured" photo on the LCD for review if they cannot store the shot! The LCD should show *nothing* but the words "No Card!"
    Of course I have no defense for being so stupid as to chase a bear. Caught up in the excitement of the moment.]

  • Tim

    December 12, 2012 03:25 am

    After the most lucky fast-pass through customs at Cancun Airport, 40 minutes from our plane's touchdown my wife and I were sitting at the beach sipping Mojitos at a resort when what my wife describes as a" fury fanged iguana" hoped up on her chair hoping for a handout. All of my good equipment was packed in bags waiting for our room to be ready and I all had was a point a shoot Fuji Film wide angle. The perfect shot of my wife curled up in a ball and the iguana's open mouth from a great wide angle down the beach futon we were sitting on. point, auto focus perfect, trigger, then..."Low Battery...Low Battery...shutting down"...

  • Ben Sandberg

    December 12, 2012 03:09 am

    I was hiking in the Sequoia Natinal Forest early in the spring when snow is still on the ground and bears are just starting to come out of hybernation. As I came over a small hill I found myself face to face with a large black bear. The morning light was perfect and I had my Nikon D200 around my neck. Instead of lifting my camera to get the shot of a lifetime, I froze in fear and the bear just ambled along. My camera did not malfunction...I did.

  • James

    December 12, 2012 03:00 am

    2004 winter in Armenia. I was climbing up and out of this hole on the side of a mountain where a monastic hieromonk used to live in hundreds of years ago. The strap of the camera around my neck caught on the side of the simple railing and the ring snapped off! The camera fell and bounced off the side of the rocks and back into the floor of this dimly lit cave. All my images up to that point were lost since I shot slides. I still remember the visual of the fall. It almost seems to have unfolded in slow motion.

  • David

    December 12, 2012 02:57 am

    Hiking around Koenigsee in the 80's when the strapclip on my NikonF broke while I was boulderhopping. The fall smashed my lens, but the camera survived. Unfortunately no other lens with me, so no pics of the ride back. Just memories.

  • Kurt

    December 12, 2012 02:46 am

    Hiking in CO, I was able to get a Gray Jay to land on my finger to grab a piece of fruit. Had my camera in my other hand ready to capture the moment when I realized the lens cap was still on. He was only there for a couple seconds, then gone for good. Cool memory though.

  • Carolyn

    December 12, 2012 02:43 am

    My Husband and I had sailed our own boat from West Palm Beach to St. Thomas to spend a few years in the Caribbean. After reaching St. Thomas and during hurrican season that year we planned a trip down island to Venezuela. We island hopped our way south taking several weeks and lots of pictures. This was back in the film days and I took about 10 rolls of 36 exposures. When we reached Venezuela I took all 10 rolls in to have them processed and when I went back to pick them up they told me that each roll was totally blank. Evidently the mirror in my Nikromat did not lift up for each shot thereby no exposure on the film. They felt so bad for me they didn't charge for processing the film.

  • NikkiG

    December 12, 2012 02:36 am

    On our honeymoon in Northern California, back in the days of film, I had my Canon 35mm with me. We lost most of the San Francisco pictures because the film didn't load correctly. I cried a lot when we got home, developed them and had nothing but blanks.

  • ladywild

    December 12, 2012 02:33 am

    Taking photos from the top of the Eiffel tower. I had an old point and shoot film camera. It was (and will forever be) my favorite camera. Completely manual. Only after shooting for a long while did I realize I had not loaded film. Oi!

  • Clara Sison

    December 12, 2012 02:32 am

    At my bro's wedding. I'm waiting for the "You may kiss the bride" scene. When the time comes & clicked, someone's hand covered my lens and wasn't able to capture it.

  • Grba

    December 12, 2012 02:30 am

    I was at the roof terrace, bracketting with my Canon G6 on a parachuter. I lowered the camera when finished only to notice the plane coming low from the horizon RIGHT AT ME. I tried to shoot again – but the buffer was still full, blocking the trigger, so I lost it.

  • Jake

    December 12, 2012 02:30 am

    Hopefully this isn't too much of a deviation from the rules-- my camera malfunctioned, and I actually did get the shot. I ended up with a happy accident. It was a snap of my bike on a Polaroid 230 Land Camera. I was trying to get rid of the last frame so that I could reload the camera and take it with me. Something went funky with the shutter and I ended up with this.

  • kathy

    December 12, 2012 02:25 am

    This year, after a traumatic summer and divorce, I told my kids that Christmas would go on as usual. The older kids joined us to choose and cut down the family Christmas tree. Every year, we take a family photo in front of the tree standing, then one of each child cutting it down.
    I got the ER-01 and no family shot.
    I bought a replacement camera and we decorated it.

  • Roberto Meardi

    December 12, 2012 02:25 am

    I was shooting a friend's wedding and had 2 D3100 bodies hanging in my chest, one with a 70-200 and the other one with a 35 1.8. The minute the bride and groom walked out the ceremony, they were greeted by all their family and when she hugged his father (a very emotional moment by the way) I raised the 70-200 equipped body and the other body "pulled" my camera down, since the straps were overlapping. I managed to keep the body in my eye but in the movement my thumb pressed the little dial in the back that moves the focus points and instead of focusing in the bride, I ended focusing in a guest that was behind her, losing that precious moment....

  • Penny

    December 12, 2012 02:24 am

    I saw the perfect view of the American flag waving in the wind with a gorgeous sunset behind it. The angle from which I intended to take the picture would have rendered sun rays radiating out all around the flag. I pulled out the camera, got into position, and discovered that the lens was broken and wouldn't come out. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a little.

  • PC

    December 12, 2012 02:23 am

    While taking my camera out of my bag the AF/MF switch got flicked to "MF" and I missed some shots :T

  • Patrick Sister

    December 12, 2012 02:19 am

    This year, late September I was in San Francisco visiting a friend. And I manage to be in town on the hottest days of the year. No fog at all! How great would be to take some shots of the Golden Gate at night for a nice HDR picture?

    Well, I went to a pier, mounted the tripod, put the camera on it, positioned the tripod and while adjusting the tripods hight and tightening everything, I turned the nob the wrong way, the head of the tripod got loose and with the weight of the camera it fell loose... since I was at the edge of the pier the camera fell, hit the deck and went on to swim in the SF Bay... so not only did I NOT get the shot, I also lost the camera and the pictures that were inside!

  • Jenni Brehm

    December 12, 2012 02:15 am

    This was two years ago during a meteor shower. I had been out shooting for about an hour without a single meteor in my photos when I decided to go inside to warm up again. After a while I went back out and took the same position to take some more photos. Right on the first try a meteor crossed right where my camera was aimed at - I got really excited, got the camera, looked at the photo: turns out my lens cap was still on! I had forgotten to remove it after coming back out. Of course no meteor in my lens area afterwards :(

  • murphyz

    December 12, 2012 02:14 am

    I was transferring my Canon 5d Mark II from a BlackRapid strap to tripod when it fell from my clutches. I was 40+ floors high about to take a view of London. Camera was 36 hours old, not yet insured; it had a hefty repair bill but now has 'character'.

  • Robbie Brewer

    December 12, 2012 02:13 am

    On a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, saw a family of Dolphins swimming in the distance. Just got my Canon 70-200 and was excited to finally use it. I excitedly pulled up my camera to take the shot, strap wasn’t on my neck, both go in water

  • Justin Roush

    December 12, 2012 02:05 am

    Last year, I went to the local Christmas parade to take photos. I found the perfect spot in the front. The parade started, I pulled my camera up, pressed the shutter... nothing. I then opened my camera to discover that I had left my battery at home on the charger.

  • GoGayleGo

    December 12, 2012 01:55 am

    In Alaska (Denali) on vacation. Literally had camera out the whole time, no good shot of a moose. On final day, had packed up camera to leave. On drive out of park, a moose crossed the park road right in front of us...couldn't get camera back out in time!

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