As life can get us sometimes, I thought I would share the comedy of errors coupled with Murphy's law that is forever applicable.
I wanted to make some instructional videos for a tent, mesh panels and custom lighting system.
Wanted to do the photography at night so they could see the differences in the lighting system as well as we often have to setup in the dark.
Getting the flood lighting (not the tent lighting system) right for the night video, without having my extension cords, meant dangling wires in the air. An issue I'll elude to in a little bit.
Not bothering to weight down the tent as this was only a demonstration, yet it was windy, then heavy gusts almost took the tent down. After saving the tent. Then I put some ground stakes in.
For some reason I had packed my mesh panels in backwards and therefore started to hang some wrong.
As I knew it was just a brief demo, I didn't install the stabars or cinch my mesh taught, thus the wind liked to flap it around. Also causing it to move each time I tried to hang a piece of artwork on it. I did not know why I was having so much problem as I always do the proper setup at a show. It didn't dawn on me why I could not get the hanging wire to catch on the hooks. Got so frustrated trying to hang some pieces, I almost threw them.
Carrying lighting system pieces I trip over my flood light power cords and go flying a$$ over tea kettle.
Ok, now I'm a bit muddy from the soft soil after melted snow.
Time to I install the lighting system.
Now time to demonstrate the great way it works...NOT. I could not get some of it to light.
Wait, I know it is working perfect. I had gone over it and tested it several times. Must be something I am doing wrong.
After a long time of trying to debug, what do I find?
When I had tripped and fell over the flood light setup, I had broken a wire on the lighting system. Back to the bench to fix it.
During all of this, as I have the camera on a tripod and am filming myself, I did not know battery went dead.
Multiple times (batteries were low to begin with).
Hence change battery, breakdown gear and start over.
Now the best part...
With all of this...
a striped pussy cat decided to visit...
Yes, a skunk.
Neither the equipment nor myself were sprayed but concern of it happening, avoiding it happening and working in an environment that is far from complimentary to the olfactory glands, made for an experience.
I'm am artist, a photographer. Not a documentary maker.
I'll stick to my day job :-)