Photography business, risky? One may thing, nah… not really. If you are one of those people, you definitely underestimate photographer’s will to take the picture he wants! 🙂
Some background story
Some time ago we visited the Saxon Switzerland National Park, in Germany. I always wanted to photograph its intensively fissured and rocky canyon landscape. We spent there just one night, so there was no time to explore the area properly. So what you do in such case? You do extensive research online! Something I just happened to forget to do and the only information I had was the location of Schrammsteine, the place you can see in the attached picture. The way to get to this spot was not very far, but let me tell you, it was quite a hike – it took us around 4 hours to get there. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that bad, it was just one of those things that is good to be prepared for 😉
I think that this place is just great if you look for an inspiration, no matter what you do in life. It is also a place which delivers some really nice experience, especially if you like nature, hiking and taking pictures!
Photographers are risky dudes!
As mentioned already, getting to really nice spots there is not particularly difficult but it could be dangerous, especially at the spots you can enjoy iconic views. For people like us, photographers, it is even more dangerous, not necessarily because of the place itself, but because of our nature. Absolutely every single one of us wants to take great images, try out a little bit different angle or maybe from slightly different point, and what we intend to do to get them? That’s right, almost anything! There’s nothing we can do about it, and for sure there’s nothing that could stop us. Location like this, where even simple walking around is risky, for us is tempting even more to get closer, pass the fences, hang on a scarp, we could do just about anything and everything what it takes to make an unique composition.
This photo was taken at sunset, at Schrammsteine, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany.
Photo details: Nikon D800; 16-35mm f4; 1/5 sec at f/22; ISO 100.
This time was no different. Apart from passing the fences I didn’t have to do any other craziness, and honestly, sitting out there, a half meter from a scarp high for a few hundreds meter didn’t seem to be very risky at that moment (or maybe I just wanted to get the shot?). I was there with my wife (well, girlfriend at that time) who was just terrified, but I couldn’t possibly understand why, not before I saw pictures she took of me when I was doing my thing.
When I look at those pictures now, the only thing that crosses my mind is “who’s that crazy guy… he could loose his gear so easily!”. I may sound not very serious or funny perhaps, but that was the thing I was worried about – my gear. I know, I’m such an ignorant if it comes to safety, but I promised myself (and to my wife) that next time I’ll be more careful. Fingers crossed for that!
So that’s pretty much the story before the picture. I hope you also have so much fun doing your travel, just don’t forget that the safety should always come first!
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