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What lessons have YOU learned from experience?
Nature is breathtakingly beautiful. She lulls you into feeling safe and calm. But she can turn dangerous in an instant.
I am pretty darn careful out there - but sometimes Nature reminds me that being careful isn't always enough.
Damaged gear? Drowned cameras? Injuries? Accidents? Share your stories, and the lessons you've learned! Here are a few of mine!
1. Never let go of your camera or tripod when you are shooting in very windy conditions. My 10-22mm was badly damaged when it took a bad fall in high winds in Iceland, and the same thing happened to my 180mm macro and my 50D when +Jay Patel was shooting with them on a beach in California.
2. If at all possible, leave your bag high and dry if you are shooting on a beach. Jay ended up underwater with ALL his gear when a rogue wave grabbed his bag and threw him off balance in Iceland. Luckily, his Loka backpack from f-stop kept everything dry... except for the tripod and camera he was holding in his hand.
3. Don't assume that because you've done it before, you'll be ok doing it again. I ended up falling hard on my butt in the middle of a stream in Montana when I jumped onto a dry rock thinking it wouldn't be slippery. I'd done it carefully moments before - testing the rocks to make sure they were rough and easy to stand on. But this dry rock was slippery. The camera and tripod survived the fall. My butt was pretty muddy, though. ;)
4. Logs and other buoyant objects that are floating in the ocean or sitting on the beach can be deadly. I was photographing small icebergs on a beach in Iceland, when a rogue wave came up and picked up a bunch of bergs. They slid smoothly past me, and then turned and raced back to the ocean. I was hit by at least four of them. It felt like being hit by a car.
I'm sure there are many more... but that's what comes to mind for now. ;) Just be careful out there. Nature isn't friendly. She's breathakingly beautiful, she lulls you into feeling safe and calm, and she can kill you in an instant.