My first trip

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  1. Nikanon

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    Today I was out on a jetti at the beach setting up on the edge of it to make an exposure of the surf. I had my tripod set out on the edge of the jetti on the rocks and my gear in the center for protection. I went back to grab my bronica etr after making sure the tripod was steady and hopped across two rocks to it. I got the necessary equipment and jumped back. At that instant both my feet landed on a slick, slimy, algae surface that blended in with the rock and I did not see, and immediately both came out from under me and I flew through the air and landed on my back/ left elbow. My etr flew into the air and bounced once off the rock. My
    mind screamed as the second bounce would be at the bottom of a crevace. I kicked off the rock, sound around to my front and grabbed it out of the air, stood up shaken. The first thing I checked was my camera, the glass and mechanics seemed ok, what a tank. I then noticed my bleeding elbow. I took off my shirt and tied it over the wound to stop the bleeding and went on with my shot, a bit in pain and shaken, but determined. I was very lucky.
     
  2. Wade D

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    Good thing you're young enough to bounce without breaking bones. My 1st instinct would be to save the camera as well but I might end up calling 911.:wink:
     
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    You've definitely got your priorities right, Nikanon! Camera first, then body!
     
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    That's been one of my worst fears when out shooting. I like to go out just before civil twilight around the rocks/jettys at the beach, and i'm always worried of stepping on the wrong rock and have my gear go down.
     
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    Bodies are self healing, cameras are not - not yet anyway!


    Steve.
     
  6. Nikanon

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    nice,worth a little blood.
     
  8. Denis K

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    One of the great fictions in photography is that you can capture great images without getting wet. The object lesson in this saying is to go ahead an get wet right from the get-go. It's usually the natural tendancey to stay dry, acting like a cat around water, that leads us into trouble. When taking a water shot, I've always tried to tell myself that I not only want a great image, but I want to be able to tell someone looking at the image, "Yea, I was in up to my armpits getting that one..." I haven't always been successful, especially in winter.

    Denis K
     
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    I wonder if Eric Rose has a photograph that might illustrate this point? :D

    Matt

    P.S. I think he just might!

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum49/41909-warning-naked-middle-aged-guy.html#post508511
     
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    Who ever sait photography was without danger, a hobby for retirees... (he should be shot...by a herd of angry paparazzi).:D
    Happy you're still in one piece and able to tell the story...