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How many risk would you take for the 'perfect shot .
#1
Hi everybody!
Yesterday a friend of mine mentioned the death of a young guy who slipped and fell from a crane he was climbing, just to get a beautiful shot. Now I know many of us are badass; i lie around in the dirt or climb and balance on unstable tables and chairs all the time.
Here a google search with great pictures of how weird photographers can get

But when do thing go to far? When he told me the story I automatically thought about Joe Mcnally:
[Image: ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.rd.com%2Frd%2Fim...-01-af.jpg]
And the story he tells about this shot and getting high

What do you guys think? And what is the furthest you've gone to get 'the perfect shot' ?
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#2
I'm not going to climb heights with or without safety gear to get a "perfect" shot, terrified of heights. Crawled on my belly to hand my head and shoulders over the edge of the grand canyon at the west rim, no rails or walls there, it was 3800' straight down and I was too overcome by my fear of heights to press the shutter LOL.

I guess the "riskiest" things I have done to get shots is get too closer to a bear than is probably safe on a couple of occasions. Once without seeing that there were cubs further up the hill.

I tend to scramble out on rocks when shooting surfing and have nearly ended up in the water once or twice when I've slipped. I did fall in a river when shooting white water rafting, luckily it was shallow where I was and I managed to keep my camera above water, even when my head was not!

Nothing really dangerous though.
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#3
(May 11, 2017, 07:41)GerbenG Wrote: Hi everybody!
Yesterday a friend of mine mentioned the death of a young guy who slipped and fell from a crane he was climbing, just to get a beautiful shot. Now I know many of us are badass; i lie around in the dirt or climb and balance on unstable tables and chairs all the time.
Here a google search with great pictures of how weird photographers can get

But when do thing go to far? When he told me the story I automatically thought about Joe Mcnally:
[Image: ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.rd.com%2Frd%2Fim...-01-af.jpg]
And the story he tells about this shot and getting high

What do you guys think? And what is the furthest you've gone to get 'the perfect shot' ?
Not me.  Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest


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(May 15, 2017, 01:53)EnglishBob Wrote: I'm not going to climb heights with or without safety gear to get a "perfect" shot, terrified of heights.  Crawled on my belly to hand my head and shoulders over the edge of the grand canyon at the west rim, no rails or walls there, it was 3800' straight down and I was too overcome by my fear of heights to press the shutter LOL.

I guess the "riskiest" things I have done to get shots is get too closer to a bear than is probably safe on a couple of occasions.  Once without seeing that there were cubs further up the hill.

I tend to scramble out on rocks when shooting surfing and have nearly ended up in the water once or twice when I've slipped.  I did fall in a river when shooting white water rafting, luckily it was shallow where I was and I managed to keep my camera above water, even when my head was not!

Nothing really dangerous though.
Well, bears to me definitely sound like something I wouldn't dare to come close. Or any wild animal for that matter. Reminds me of this picture: 
[Image: 116736-1398109391-0.jpg]
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#5
(May 15, 2017, 01:53)EnglishBob Wrote: I'm not going to climb heights with or without safety gear to get a "perfect" shot, terrified of heights.  Crawled on my belly to hand my head and shoulders over the edge of the grand canyon at the west rim, no rails or walls there, it was 3800' straight down and I was too overcome by my fear of heights to press the shutter LOL.

I guess the "riskiest" things I have done to get shots is get too closer to a bear than is probably safe on a couple of occasions.  Once without seeing that there were cubs further up the hill.

I tend to scramble out on rocks when shooting surfing and have nearly ended up in the water once or twice when I've slipped.  I did fall in a river when shooting white water rafting, luckily it was shallow where I was and I managed to keep my camera above water, even when my head was not!

Nothing really dangerous though.
As you're afraid of heights: you'll probably love this image Tongue
[Image: photography+14.jpg]

I would never do this without safety gear though!
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(May 15, 2017, 07:25)GerbenG Wrote:
(May 15, 2017, 01:53)EnglishBob Wrote: I'm not going to climb heights with or without safety gear to get a "perfect" shot, terrified of heights.  Crawled on my belly to hand my head and shoulders over the edge of the grand canyon at the west rim, no rails or walls there, it was 3800' straight down and I was too overcome by my fear of heights to press the shutter LOL.

I guess the "riskiest" things I have done to get shots is get too closer to a bear than is probably safe on a couple of occasions.  Once without seeing that there were cubs further up the hill.

I tend to scramble out on rocks when shooting surfing and have nearly ended up in the water once or twice when I've slipped.  I did fall in a river when shooting white water rafting, luckily it was shallow where I was and I managed to keep my camera above water, even when my head was not!

Nothing really dangerous though.
As you're afraid of heights: you'll probably love this image Tongue
[Image: photography+14.jpg]

I would never do this without safety gear though!

I can feel the sweat on my palms looking at this picture,i kinda avoid hights but in the same time i would like to conquer this.Sometimes in my dreams i free fall from places similar to the one in this picture
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(May 15, 2017, 07:37)RobertMurariu Wrote:
(May 15, 2017, 07:25)GerbenG Wrote:
(May 15, 2017, 01:53)EnglishBob Wrote: I'm not going to climb heights with or without safety gear to get a "perfect" shot, terrified of heights.  Crawled on my belly to hand my head and shoulders over the edge of the grand canyon at the west rim, no rails or walls there, it was 3800' straight down and I was too overcome by my fear of heights to press the shutter LOL.

I guess the "riskiest" things I have done to get shots is get too closer to a bear than is probably safe on a couple of occasions.  Once without seeing that there were cubs further up the hill.

I tend to scramble out on rocks when shooting surfing and have nearly ended up in the water once or twice when I've slipped.  I did fall in a river when shooting white water rafting, luckily it was shallow where I was and I managed to keep my camera above water, even when my head was not!

Nothing really dangerous though.
As you're afraid of heights: you'll probably love this image Tongue
[Image: photography+14.jpg]

I would never do this without safety gear though!

I can feel the sweat on my palms looking at this picture,i kinda avoid hights but in the same time i would like to conquer this.Sometimes in my dreams i free fall from places similar to the one in this picture
Well if i can beat fear of heights you can do too Smile (although that weird feeling in your stomach will never leave). Use safety equipment for these kinda climbs though!
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#8
Is the pic definitely genuine. Ed.
To each his own!
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#9
Yeah, that picture isn't doing it for me LOL..... scrolling on!
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#10
Hi, walking over a vertical drop is scary. The biggest vertical drop I have been OVER (not next to but over) was 1.5 Km that's 4920 feet. A long, long way down, plum vertical under me. I was taking close up photographs of steel work on a South African Gold Mine. While they now mine down to 4 Km each shaft has to be less than this, so to get down that far you need to go down several shafts. Took some interesting images though. Scary to start with but you get used to it.

Mike
You can view a few of my images including some actions shots at

http://www.art-seekers.com

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#11
(May 11, 2017, 07:41)GerbenG Wrote: Hi everybody!
Yesterday a friend of mine mentioned the death of a young guy who slipped and fell from a crane he was climbing, just to get a beautiful shot. Now I know many of us are badass; i lie around in the dirt or climb and balance on unstable tables and chairs all the time.
Here a google search with great pictures of how weird photographers can get

But when do thing go to far? When he told me the story I automatically thought about Joe Mcnally:
[Image: ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.rd.com%2Frd%2Fim...-01-af.jpg]
And the story he tells about this shot and getting high

What do you guys think? And what is the furthest you've gone to get 'the perfect shot' ?
A picture is not worth your life. I shot for the Coast Guard in Alaska for a number of years and I never accepted an assignment that put my life at risk. Yes, sometimes I was unknowingly in a dangerous situation and didn't realize it until after the fact and avoided those instances in the future. Once I was photographing a Coast Guard member changing a lens on a light aboard a Coast Guard cutter. He was a 100 feet above me. Not thinking I moved under him to get the perfect shot. I took one step to the side to adjust my camera and a 8 pound lens came falling through the air and shattering by my feet. If I had not stepped to the side that lens would have killed me instantly. I never put myself in a risky situation after that.I got lucky.  

Chris
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