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Did Someone Say Friday the 13th?


This is a series from our Country Fair when I took my g'son on October 8.

I really messed up on this one but I'm posting it anyway!

While riding one of the Fair attractions I accidentally moved my camera dial/mode.
I knew something wasn't quite right while I was taking pictures but never figured it out till later.
Besides, he was in perpetual motion, so I got his ear in focus but not his face!

Please don't tell me that never happens to you!



Did Someone Say Friday the 13th?


This is a series from our Country Fair when I took my g'son on October 8.

I really messed up on this one but I'm posting it anyway!

While riding one of the Fair attractions I accidentally moved my camera dial/mode.
I knew something wasn't quite right while I was taking pictures but never figured it out till later.
Besides, he was in perpetual motion, so I got his ear in focus but not his face!

Please don't tell me that never happens to you!



comments (51)

That is one creepy clown... your story reminds me of the day a few years ago when I got a new film camera that did not have an automatic ISO setting. You guessed it--I shot two rolls at ISO 100 with ISO 400 film loaded. The exposure was a tad bit whacked... sad
Ginnie Hart: What a waste of money, Larry, we would have said back then. Now, we waste good opportunities when it happens. Sigh. So glad I'm not the only one!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2009, 01:41
It's a serious life being a clown - and a photographer Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: That is one very good way of putting it, Chris!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Nov 2009, 02:16
Is that our Bill [yellowbear] incognito, Ginnie?

Nar...never happens to me [fingers crossed behind my back]


I love it...the blur gives him life and character.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Bill would love that, I'm sure. grin Well, it made me quite upset when I saw it, Ray, because I thought it was gonna be one of my favorites from the Fair. Oh well. We always need humbling, right?!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2009, 02:31
Lol not check my settings...never happens, well never more than 4 or five times an outing smile
Ginnie Hart: The thing is, Tony, I knew something was wrong but it never entered my mind that the dial had moved. DUH. Maybe next time I'll know?!
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2009, 03:49
Okay, I know my eyes aren't as good as they used to be, but where is the blur? there's only a twinge of it, but then it goes back into focus the longer I keep from blinking.

Well done, Ginnie. And if you haven't noticed, a few of my pictures are on a blurry side.
Ginnie Hart: You're being way to kind, Kay! My eyes are getter older but I can still see this is not in focus. Well, the ear is, but that doesn't count. HA! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 13 Nov 2009, 04:28
I didn't even know it was going to be the 13th. I also don't think you messed up at all. It's perfect.
Ginnie Hart: This is the kind of pic for Friday the 13th, don't you think, Sherri?! Thanks.
Nevertheless you caught the "sad clown" image perfectly. Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: This clown and his wife were doing a funny circus attraction with pigs and dogs, Janet. He actually was not sad at all, truth be known. But thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Nov 2009, 06:00
Did I hear somebody say......I messed up, where....when....??
It happened to me a few times that is why I hardly take pictures for somebody else, too much of a risk.
I think this is a wonderful picture for Friday the 13th... I will tell my boss I just sit on a chair today and don't move...grin
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Een heel goed weekend, geniet ervan, KSK.
Ginnie Hart: Well, this is when photography humbles us, Astrid, right?! He was so fun to watch and I hated the thought of not showing him, out of focus or not! I do hope your boss let you take advantage of Friday the 13th! My weekend is off to a FABULOUS start, here in the Georgia mountains. Unbelievable.
you know what, ginnie? clowns are kinda scary anyway, so you don't want them to be in focus anyway.
i assure you, this photo is *better* for not being in ficus. it adds to the creepiness factor.
beautifully done!
Ginnie Hart: It's funny...I've never thought of clowns being scary, Seraphine, so it has amazed me how many have made that similar comment. Stephen King, right? grin Thanks.
Can't tell you how many times that has happened to me. Always on the good ones too. smile
Ginnie Hart: I know. I HATE when that happens, John. sad
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2009, 07:30
I think this is fabulase what on earth was he watching
Ginnie Hart: He and his wife were doing a fun circus thing with pigs and dog tricks, Vintage. It was fun. Thanks.
It is still worth posting Ginnie...thought it was Chris from the thumbnailgrin
Ginnie Hart: Chris will appreciate you forever, Bill...for sure. grin Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2009, 08:02
I very like this pic ( cannot detect any 'mistake'wink- and I love clowns at all while looking at their sad eyes, their painted face and their troublesome play-fight against the troubles of life- the last clown I saw in the russian Circus was the great Oleg Popow while trying to catch and to collect the sun rays into his basket...! Wonderfully poetical!
Ginnie Hart: I love clowns, Philine...nothing scary about them for me. This one and his wife were doing pig and dog circus-type tricks. It was fun. Thanks for your kind words.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2009, 09:04
Probably better out of focus Ginnie - he's way too scary. I always wonder why people think clowns are for children - I always used to hate them!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I've been quite intrigued by all who see clowns as scary, Ingrid...a new concept for me. My daughter says it reminds her of Stephen King's "It." I have always loved them...so funny to me. Thanks for our kind words.
You perfectly caught his expression Ginnie! I like the slight blur on his face.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Richard. Thanks.
Send in the clowns
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Chantal. I love clowns.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2009, 13:12
yep, this clown definitely gives me the creeps.. smile that's some wonderful light you captured here.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Creepy clowns is a new concept for me, Rian. I always thought of clowns as funny. smile I must have missed Stephen King somewhere along the line.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2009, 13:12
Oh...he looks so sad...not at al a happy funny clown!!! Love the warm tones and colors.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I have never thought of clowns being anything but funny, Marcie, especially because of the frowns painted on their faces! smile
fantastic portrair wonderful captured
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabrizio.
In a way the soft blur makes the image more authentic, can't really describe why - but it looks real, and honest.
And those eyes look so sad....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, F&S, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
I love this, slightly blurred and all, its caught him doing what he does best, to make people laugh.
Ginnie Hart: That's definitely how I see clowns, Linda...to make us all laugh. Thanks.
You may not be quite happy with it Ginnie...but its still a cracking shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ron. Thanks a million.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2009, 14:51
quel portrait magnifique !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. Merci.
Not sure I would call this one being messed up. I kind of like it just how it is. Very cool.
Ginnie Hart: Well, you're being very kind, Christopher. I would have liked it better in focus! smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2009, 15:48
Ginnie .. WOW .. it was the right choise to use no flash .. amazing lightning
Ginnie Hart: I try never to use flash, Klaus, so yes, I had no other choice. Danke.
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 13 Nov 2009, 16:37
I already had a bad luck.. could not start my car this morning .. sad((

super cool shot, Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Uh-oh. That is no fun, Mariana. Hope you eventually got it started? Thanks.
This is synonymous with taking pics in low light, when the camera struggles to lock focus on a moving subject. Sometimes telling a story is all that really matters, and the tech bit takes a back seat tongue

Still turned out a great image, love it.
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Fotografa. Thank you. If I hadn't accidentally changed my dial, it would have been okay, I think. Sigh. Thanks.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2009, 17:13
It looks fine to me, Ginnie! The important thing is that his character comes out well.

Camera settings can be a pain the backside; I spent a day shooting with mine still set to US Mountain time!
Ginnie Hart: What we have to go through as photographers, Alan, right?! grin Thanks.
Yes still worth posting Ginnie, but this guy is a bit scary isn't he. We've all done the camera thingy I should think, I know I have.
Ginnie Hart: In real life, there was nothing scary about this guy. He and his wife were a hoot. But I'm finding out that some people see clowns as scary no matter what they do. HA! Thanks, Brian.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2009, 17:50
a clown... My son have a panic of clown...

I like the expresión, is fantastic
Ginnie Hart: It sounds like many adults are also afraid of clowns, Oscar. So strange to me. I always thought they were so funny. Gracias.
Don't worry Ginnie ... male ear hair is the second best thing to focus on ...( after nostril hair )
ha !

richard
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Richard. Now I'm really laughing. grin Thanks for the smile.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2009, 19:58
I've no idea what "dial" mode is, so haven't a clue what you did.

But both the processing and the, ahem, unusual point of focus make this a good picture for today
Ginnie Hart: The dial on the camera that changes the mode from Aperture Priority to Manual, etc., Ellie. It got changed while on one of my rides/attractions. Now I'll pay more attention! Thanks for going along with the mess-up. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 13 Nov 2009, 21:06
Very appropriate for the 13th. Jessikah (grandaughter) would scream at this she has always been terrified of clowns.
My worst disaster was knocking the night mode on my point and shoot during a trip in the UK. Same as you knew something wasn't quite right but couldn't figure out what for some time.
Ginnie Hart: Hopefully the next time my brain will be triggered to say, "Look at the dial, Ginnie!" We do have our stories, Aussie, don't we. smile
I don't think you messed up. Like him this way. On the move.
And about messing up. While I was working for a newspaper in Sweden I shot the King of Sweden without film in the camera... It had been two mad weeks with work around the clock but... lucky me I got a second chance smile
Ginnie Hart: I laughed so hard over this comment that I when I read it to my son and daughter (we're on a long vacation weekend in the mountains), I couldn't finish reading it. What a hoot. Thanks for the smile, Pernilla.
delightful...love it
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Toni. Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2009, 22:27
Crusty the clown aaargh. Scary ;o)

Have a good weekend Ginnie -everything will be in sharper focus before you know it ;o)
Ginnie Hart: It's getting sharper every day, Mike! I now have a booked flight to AMS, leaving on Dec 4, arriving on Dec 5, Sinterklaas day. How's that for a Christmas gift!
  • Noa
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Nov 2009, 00:03
Still a good shot nonetheless. I hope he was cheerier than he looks! smile
Ginnie Hart: He and his wife were a hoot, Noa. Really. smile Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 14 Nov 2009, 06:22
Inspite of the focus issues this expression you managed to capture is perfect for Friday the 13th Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It was the expression and the fact it was a clown, Thomas, for Friday the 13th, that made me post it, "in spite of" the lack of focus. Thanks.
the Clown were sad wink
what an incredible expression

a deep deep and brilliant portrait , made in Ginnie wink

have a good week end
Ginnie Hart: Clowns always make me laugh, Jean-Luc, even though they're supposed to look so sad. I can never take them seriously. smile Merci.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 14 Nov 2009, 14:41
joli portrait, très expressif.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie. Merci.
I don't always post the best photos but either. This could be a super shot with better focus.
Ginnie Hart: I really hit myself hard for this one, Michael. What a disappointment. Oh well. You win some and you lose some, right?! Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2009, 17:40
well it's ok. his expression doesn't seem as happy though... but candid portraits are always good!
Ginnie Hart: Next time I'll hopefully check the dial immediately, Liang! Thanks.
Well, that adds some movement to your photo. An interesting face: with clowns you must see some sadness too - her you are.
Ginnie Hart: I'm gonna start seeing clowns differently after this post, Wim. I always laugh at them. Maybe now I will see their symbolism for the sadness in life always on the edge of humor. Hmmmm. Kinda makes you think.....
  • martie
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2009, 22:49
But the ear is in PERFECT focus. The very flight blur only adds to this clown's face. Maybe an accident - but a good one!
Ginnie Hart: That ear makes me laugh, Martie. Sigh. Well, at least something was working right! smile Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 14 Nov 2009, 23:01
Wow I think he looks very creepy, sorry Ginnie smile I did have the same thoughts as Chris about the serious life being a clown AND a photographer smile
Have a nice weekend!
Ginnie Hart: I guess it's a good comparison, then, Frida! Thanks. smile
Hello!
I don't think yhou messed up at all! It's stgrong, dramatic, and the lightening is goof. Regards, Laurence
Ginnie Hart: Well, it would have been nice to get it all in focus, Laurence, but you're kind nonetheless! Merci.
  • SAVO
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2009, 09:21
happens to the best of us Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks for your vote of confidence, SAVO. smile
"The man behind the mask." You photo looks right through the makeup to the actual person. I wouldn't worry about the focus, the capture of expression is what it is all about. Very well done image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bob, for stopping by and commenting. And thanks for making me feel a bit better about this image. smile
  • Stephan Dietrich
  • United States
  • 21 Nov 2009, 15:29
Whatever the setting was ... try it again as you obtained some great results here - especially for capturing the spirit of this clown. The lighting, detail, color, and such all work here. A very powerful and dramatic image indeed. Great job Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You are a sweetheart, Stephan, and sure know how to make my day! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Ginny, one of the photos I have in my files is a double exposure from a series in a Los Angeles bowling alley.

One of these days there's a post coming about it. The reason I'd post about a double exposure and a very bad photograph?

The photographer was Ansel Adams ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Linda! That's what is so refreshing and inspiring about Life...and finding its Lessons where you least expect it. I will look forward to that post.

Speaking of which, I will wait till tomorrow to read your most recent treatise...when I can spend more time with it!
  • Claus
  • Denmark
  • 17 Jun 2011, 09:19
This guy is just creepy in that cool clown way, a little like pennywise from IT. scary in the good way ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Claus. I know some people are really scared by clowns. I guess this is why?! smile Thanks.

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