I am an idiot



I know. I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. But I feel that way.

I loaded up my camera with some Tri-x film all raring and ready to take it out hiking with me. We decided to go to the beautiful Upper Salmon River trail. I so love that place. It is a trail that takes the hiker along the salmon river through an old-growth cedar forest. The light was perfect. And this doesn’t happen very often here in Oregon. We mostly have to deal with soggy rain. But today was a gorgeous sunny day. The light was streaming through the forest canopy perfectly. I was stoked.

I snapped all sorts of fantastic shots, making sure I was looking at the forest in terms of light and dark (since I was using black and white film). I took great care in choosing my shots with this in mind. And I think I got some really good ones!

I got to the end of the roll and, strangely, it kept going. Well past the 24 frames the package promised. Something was wrong. Very wrong. I didn’t properly thread the film. It hadn’t loaded right. The fantastic photos I shot don’t exist.

I am so. fucking. bummed.

And to add frosting to this Cake Of Doom I tripped on the hike back to the car and completely and literally bit the dust. My knees are all bruised up, as is my ego.


10 thoughts on “I am an idiot

  1. Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. πŸ˜€ Here’s to another sunny day soon in your future and a fresh roll of film in your camera.


  2. But this is a beautiful shot. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We’ve practically all done it. I used to shoot weddings and one day i did this. I shot the ceremony, then i gathered the whole family at the altar for portraits. I’m shooting away, getting all kinds of combinations of family members when i look down at my camera. There it is on something like shot 40. I look in the little window on back and see darkness. I forgot to even load a roll of film! Ugh! I quickly loaded another roll and told everyone i’d loaded the wrong kind of film and blew through all those portraits all over again! Man, I was hustling! It was SO EMBARASSING!!! πŸ™‚ Of course, that’s not the only time i did something similar. I’ve also shot an entire roll of film then forgot to rewind it. I opened the camera right up in full daylight. It happens.


    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your story. I feel so much better now. πŸ™‚ and thanks for the compliment on my photo. At least I thought to take some iPhone photos so all is not completely lost I guess.


  3. What’s it they say: to ere is human. Join the rest of us dear – brilliant one moment, a total klutz the next …! Anyway, if I hadn’t known about the black and white spree, I’d have been telling you I was going to write something glowingly complimentary about this colour one, but if you’d rather I’ll leave the compliments for another day?


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