Previously on “Diner With Mister Failure” Marc had a shooting and is frustrated as he realized he missed many shots. He is frustrated because the model was perfect and very professional. He invited his failures thanks a good advice from Joe McNally and has diner with him to talk about what went wrong and what will be done an other way next time.
Failure: Hi Marc! How are you! Thank you for the invitation!
Me: You’re welcome!
Failure: Actually we have made a long way to together. But you never wanted to talk to me.
Me: That’s right, but I.. hum… you know, I shoot, I see the shot and the think ” Mister Failure was here”
Failure: Yes, but it’s only because you let me come in to your shootings.
Me: What do you mean by that?
Failure: Well, suppose if you were the Photographer you wish to be, I wouldn’t cross your path that often!
Me: That’s why I want to talk to you. So we can talk about what I am doing wrong.
Failure: And as you can see, I am here. So Marc, what do you want to talk about?
Me: About you.
Mister Failure smiles.
Failure: OK, but let’s have a drink first. A Vodka-Martini please.
Me: All right. The same for me please.
Me: You know, I kinda hate you. If I don’t pay attention, you would be running and ruining my life. Or least my shootings.
Failure: Yes. You are such a faithful fellow.
Me : Last Saturday, I had a great shooting scheduled. All was there to be my best shoot ever : great model, very professional, but you came and messed it up.
Failure: Wrong. You let me step in.
Me: What do you mean?
Failure (to the waiter): Thank you my dear. Well, do you remember when you packed your gears?
Failure: That’s when you forgot to take a second memory card.
Failure: I love you so much, it is so easy with you… And what happened?
Me: After a while, my card was full and…
Failure: And you can be lucky that the shooting was almost over.
Me: Yes. That’s right.
Failure: I am here to help you tonight, so maybe I can have a look at the menu while you think what you will do next time.
Me: Well, I will always take a second card.
Failure: Old boy, you are on the right track 🙂
Me: Thank you!
Failure: When did you notice me during the shooting?
Me: See the pic above, Mister R did not hold the reflector as I told him to.
Failure: Hum, yes, and?
Me: And what?
Failure: Why did you take the picture then? I mean if the picture was not what you were expecting ?
Me: I guess I did not pay attention.
Failure : That model was perfect and very professional, she is cool with taking time. She wants good pictures.
Me: Yes, I think I need to be slowlyer and to pay more attention.
Failure: What’s that?
Me: You have been there too!
Failure: I can see that. Way too dark. How did it happen?
Me: I used a light Meter as Mister Frank Doorhof tells us online. I aimed it toward the light source, in that case that’s the sun. And to make a balance, I wanted Mister R to…
Failure: Mister Doorhof, a great guy and famous teacher, really. I also meet him from time times, but really not as often as I meet you.
Me: Then she was in backlight and the reflector did not reflect her face but her arm.
Failure: And again ? Why did you take the picture then? You know what? Take a shot as if it was your only one. Or one the last ones.
Me: I will. I will also take the reflector and aim at the model as I want to. So Mister R will see what I am expecting from him.
Failure: Hey, that’s a good idea! Our talk seams not to be pointless !
Waiter: Hi guys! Are you ready?
More to come…
- Talk To Your Failures ! (marceliot.wordpress.com)
- The Best Advice I Never Got: Deliberate Failure (middlesage.com)