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What not to do while standing on the water with your camera?


Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to have a photoshoot on a beautiful location with Ayesha, a lovely and very friendly model I was meeting for the first time. The location selected for the shooting was Alva Glen in Central Scotland and with the help of a bright sunny day, everything seemed to be perfect for a successful event. Well, it was of course… Until it went pretty close to turn into a nightmare!


The sun was playing with the water and the trees to offer us beautiful lights and shadows to enjoy and after a few calibration test shots, it was now time to start creating some lovely images with Ayesha. We spotted two big rocs, where Ayesha could stand on, on the burn at the bottom of the waterfalls. I wanted to use the tripod as I knew I will use some slow shutter speed to capture smoothly the water flowing around the model. So, the shooting started as well as the eternal quest for the best position to stand with the camera and get the most of this beautiful scenery. After climbing and going down a few rocs (I wasn’t climbing a mountain of course but a roc as tall as myself and covered of moss is still an experience) I found the perfect spot… At least for the tripod and the camera as it was a little more complicated for me to fit well behind the tripod.


Erm… I was expecting something like that so I took my willies with me and was confident all will be OK. It was, almost, until the time I became more (a little too much) concentrated on my camera screen and forgot to watch correctly where I was putting my feet and… It just happened… This feeling of loosing total control when one of your feet is sliding away… Almost like in a slow motion movie but still fast enough to not allow you to get back in control… You start to feel the water through your pant, inside your boots, suddenly the knee hurt a roc and this is painful but as a photographer, what do you think you have in mind at this precise moment? Keeping the camera out of the water of course and lucky me the camera was on the tripod so more easy to keep out of the way but the camera was connected by a wire to the battery pack on the inside pocket of my jacket so quick thinking about disconnecting it. And here we go, getting myself stuck between two rocs with half of my body in the water (and in Scotland, even on a sunny day, the water is never warm) and trying to unplug my battery pack. When successful with this gymnast movement, it was easy to put back the tripod holding the camera in a safe position and out of the water. Then, and only then, I turned my head and saw the model standing on her roc and looking at me in a mixed feeling of amusement and stress as always in situations like this one. To be clear, she had no way to come helping me as she was standing on another mossy roc and at a fair distance from me. Also, all of the above happened in a laps of time of only 2-3 minutes. I bet I was the only one feeling like living at slow pace during this time.


Finally, when the camera was secure and forgetting the pain on the knee for few seconds, I moved myself out of this uncomfortable position and got a few minutes break. Then, of course, we both could laugh a lot about this unfortunate and funny aquatic dance move.


Anyway, it did not stop us to have a really awesome day in this beautiful place and to create some truly amazing images. Who said there is always a story behind an image? I do believe that of course and this time, we even wrote a story behind a whole set of photographs :)


The following few images from this photoshoot are for you to enjoy and please, when shooting on location, never forget to keep in mind where you are putting your feet...

What not to do while standing with your camera and tripod on a river?
All images were created using the Fuji X-Pro2 and the Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8 except the last one for which I was using the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8


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