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  • wkd001
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    Receiving a reject for bad info and on your phone finding out, I've ticked the wrong registration

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  • kevinrclemmonsphoto
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    Working on my 70-300 lens, I tried using an electric buffing attachment on my dremel tool to polish it. Only to realize that I had used the wrong tip. I had used a tip for grinding. Lesson 1: Pay attention to the bits you attach to your tools. Lesson 2: Polish your lenses by hand.

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  • Guji.RPMD
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    I need to bring this up so it won't get lost in my memory bank.

    January 2017, Japan Air Force One was set to arrive DVO at night (20-1102), we caught it and called it a night, 20-1101 (the backup a/c) was to arrive the next morning and it was pretty late, i had two options: to sleep and hope i get up to the alarm (i had a mistake with an Atlas 744F years before) or stay up enough to catch it on morning arrival, i chose the latter and rode out the night, eventually caught the 2nd aircraft. called it off and went home and planned to come back later. since there wasn't any info of its departure i decided to take a doze off, i set an alarm for 11AM (this was a lifesaver), woke up to the alarm to the news that they were about to depart! rushed the way back to the airport but as i did 20-1102 took off, i missed JF001, luckily i still had enough time to catch the backup aircraft depart. and that was that.

    lesson: get some sleep!

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  • brianw999
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    I went to RAF Northolt for a night shoot.

    I took my camera.

    I took spare batteries.

    I took a wireless remote shutter release.

    I left my tripod just inside the garage door !!

    Luckily, someone had a spare tripod.

    It was my wife.

    It took ages to live that one down !!!

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  • ErmakDimon
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    I once went inside the terminal at ULLI to get some food, was in the middle of it when I heard “Japan Airlines flight xxxx has landed”

    It was a 787.

    JAL doesn’t fly to ULLI.

    It was right there, it was a once in a lifetime charter.

    And I missed it.

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  • Felipe Garcia
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    Back in 2013, I flew from Ohio to LAX for the PHX Spotters / NYC Aviation meetup. I was only going to be there for 20 hours or so, but I flew for the sake of seeing old friends, plus I had miles. Took my 70-200 and my 28-70L.

    For those of you who have been to In n Out, you know a wide lens is needed.

    I started shooting, and found out that my 28-70... wouldn't focus from about halfway to infinity. So I had to shoot with the 70-200, and most shots were less than ideal.

    What happened? About 1 month before the LAX trip I went to CMH for my weekly spotting, for some reason I was hand carrying my 1DS/28-70 when I left the apartment, tossed it in the passenger seat and forgot to buckle it up. Going up the helical parking garage ramp pushed the camera towards the door (thank you, centripetal force) and when I mindlessly opened the passenger door to retrieve my gear, the lens tumbled down from my lifted truck (thanks gravity) and sort of snapped in two on impact. I put it back together but the focus was off and I never checked it until I got to LAX. Ended up being a $350 rebuild (on a lens that I paid $700 for) and kind of a wasted trip. The 1DS was fine, although the pavement did crack a bit where it landed.

    The 25,000 MileagePlus mile 3x3 with animal fries however, was worth it. And so was the layover in Denver, where I highly recommend stopping by New Belgium brewing.

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  • Nathaniel.S
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    I was shooting some photos at SBA, when I trip over the curb and absolutely destroy my 18-55 lens. Had to use 70-300 MM lens for all shots. They didn't turn out that well...




    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sba.spotter

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  • iad.spotter
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    I sat in traffic to get to Longbridge park by Reagan National for 45 minutes (which is usually a 20 minute drive for me). Then as I try to start shooting, I realize I forgot my memory card on my PC at home. I go into my camera bag, and realize that my backup memory card is sitting on my desk at home as well. Now, I never leave my memory card in my computer.

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  • Siddarth.Bhandary
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    My first one here - Always check the camera settings before a spotting session.

    Couple of years ago, I was on a business trip to Chengdu China. The trip was via Bangkok on Thai and as were approaching Bangkok in the early hours, there was a lovely purple-golden hue on the wing that I tried shooting with my Nikon D80. To capture the shot, I boosted the ISO to ~1200 since that was the only ISO in which I could get wing view and that was it. Fast forward 1 week later, I do a full spotting session at Chengdu airport capturing some airlines and aircraft we don't see on regular basis. Return home to find that all pics from the spotting session are noisy as hell. The Nikon D80 sucks at any ISO above 800 and I had forgotten to change the ISO setting back to 100 before spotting in Chengdu. That was the last time I ever used a wrong ISO during spotting.

    The positive side though is the experience set me on a path to upgrade to a newer Nikon body

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  • Bjorn1979
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    Just noticed that just when the image went into screening i used the wrong picture with the wrong registration. Resulting in a bad info rejection

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  • 71sbeetle
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    Originally posted by CO777/200 View Post
    I bet this was the last time that you spotted with him together
    Hahaha no actually we've spotted many times since

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  • CO777/200
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    Originally posted by 71sbeetle View Post
    The other spotter looked at his phone and said we have time it's still 5 miles out .... and right as he said that the plane flew out from behind the tall hotel buildings and right in front of us!!!
    I bet this was the last time that you spotted with him together

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  • 71sbeetle
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    Originally posted by Alex - Spot-This ! View Post
    Oh damn, great stories there... and the LAX curse, ouch I would have been seriously pissed !!

    Thanks for sharing

    Alex
    It was a VERY quiet ride home! We were all so bummed!

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  • Alex - Spot-This !
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    Oh damn, great stories there... and the LAX curse, ouch I would have been seriously pissed !!

    Thanks for sharing

    Alex

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  • 71sbeetle
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    Another one from a recent spotting day, we had an A318 coming in which is pretty rare here in Vegas, so I made sure I was ready for it. On the way to the airport I hit some traffic but I still barely made it to the spotting location, as the airplane was about to pass by me I quickly parked my car and jumped out and barely had time to take the picture, press the shutter and instead of the usual "clack clack" all I heard was "clack" ....... and then it hit me! 2 nights prior I was out shooting pictures of the milky way, and I had left my camera in M with a 15 second exposure ..... needless to say I always check my settings BEFORE leaving the house now.

    Also, a few months ago a few local Vegas spotters and myself decided to do an LAX spotting trip, with the highlight of the trip being ANZ All Blacks and Lufthansa D-ABYT retro livery .... Seeing that most of the Pacific arrivals were going to 24R we set up for 24R as ANZ was approaching. 3 spotters went to a special spot and I stayed closer to the famous LAX In-N-Out, as the plane got closer I decided to go to 25L instead, just in case they decided to pull a fast one on us. Sure enough, when about 10 miles out they requested 25L and got it, however I was stuck in the lovely LAX traffic, what should have taken me 7 minutes to drive took almost 30 minutes, we all missed the ANZ. The following day was the day D-ABYT was coming in, but it was scheduled for a 16:00 arrival, and there was really nothing interesting from 11:00 to 16:00 so we were torn between staying an extra 5 hours just for that plane or start the 4+ hour drive home after 11:00. Out of 4 spotters, 2 wanted to stay, 2 wanted to leave. Finally we decided to stick it out and stay for it. The flight got more and more delayed and ended up not arriving until 17:30 or so, at that point all the arrivals from the North East were going to 25L so we set up at the famous Proud Bird restaurant, and there were a lot of other spotters there too waiting for D-ABYT. As the plane got closer the trajectory looked different from others and we realized it was going to 24R instead, jumped in the truck and drove quickly to get the plane. As we got closer (no traffic this time) I asked one of the spotters how far the plane was since I was driving. If we had an extra minute or two I could quickly drop them off at the bridge by the terminal but if it was on short final I'd just pull over in a little parking lot. The other spotter looked at his phone and said we have time it's still 5 miles out .... and right as he said that the plane flew out from behind the tall hotel buildings and right in front of us!!! We drove to the North side of 24R to catch it taxiing back, but it made an early turn on a South bound taxiway ..... we had just waited 5 hours to catch that plane and totally missed getting a good shot of it. This is now known to us as the LAX curse!!!

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