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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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A Cautionary Tale

Just a note to tell everybody to be careful out there! I went out to shoot the sunrise yesterday after an all night foot slipped off of an algae covered rock and down I went like the Seaview! Of course I had to try to protect the camera, so it went up, leaving me nothing to catch myself with. I landed very hard on my side on the rocks. I was lucky to come out of it with a bruised arm and hip and a gigantic black eye.
So, just sayin' where you step!

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9/29/2012 4:43:57 AM

Leslie J. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/30/2007
  Ouch! I am so glad you did not break something or worse.

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9/29/2012 7:30:58 AM

Agnes Fegan
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  That's awful!!! Glad it wasn't worse! You need a buddy!

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9/29/2012 10:39:16 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
"ALWAYS protect the camera!"

I'm sure we all sport scars from at least one of those mis-haps.
I'm glad you're OK.

Somehow, it always seems worse when our equipment takes a plunge, but we end up unscathed.

...go figure.


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9/29/2012 2:54:02 PM

Ken Smith
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  I was out at twilight, trying to shoot a winter scene down by a river. Slipped on ice and went straight down, and cracked a very nice lens. And got a good bruise on my backside too! Things can change in an instant. I'm glad you're OK, Carolyn!

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9/29/2012 3:23:29 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  We've all been there before, to some degree. Glad to here you didn't get too hurt.

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9/29/2012 3:46:43 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  ROFL Greg! You even got the correct eye!

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9/29/2012 4:07:29 PM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  Took a nasty fall on the (dry) deck of a ferry on my birthday in Iceland. Had the same thought, as I fell seemingly in slow motion - "Protect the camera!" One of the (several) bruises ultimately showed the lines of the steel deck's welded seams.
Glad you're not seriously hurt, Carolyn!
Bummer on the lens, Ken; worth turning in for insurance?
I had to look twice at Greg's posting ;)

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9/30/2012 6:12:59 AM

Usman M. Bajwa
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  Glad that it wasn't bad, Carolyn. ROFL too at Greg. You made my day. Sorry about your fall Ken and the broken glass. Chris, hope it is gone by now.

The worst for me was this past June, on my birthday when I ALMOST slipped into a dark glacial cave I was trying to get a good view off it. Thankfully though, I was saved by an ice boulder that blocked my heavy frame just at the mouth of the deadly cave. But my Camera was held high above me during my fall however my left ankle got badly hurt, no fractures though ;)


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10/1/2012 7:21:23 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Laughter being the best medicine as the saying goes, I'll switch the avatar back.

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10/1/2012 8:06:21 AM

Dayna Cain
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  There is a hidden waterfall in Whitley County, KY and my nieces boyfriend Tyler just happened to know where it was and said he'd show me. So me, my sister, my niece and tyler take off on this so called "easy" hike. The hike was easy for Tyler because he would jump off of cliffs that were 15 feet tall whereas the rest of us had to get down there the best way we could. Over an hour later we find the waterfall which is absolutely gorgeous but my niece got sick and we had to leave. You can't go out the way we went in (I am not a rock climber)so we had to walk in a creek (steep mountain on both sides)for a LONG distance to get out of there and my sister was carrying my most expensive lens and fell in that creek...everything was under water except for her hand that was holding my lens and it was sticking straight up out of the water. She protected my lens! LOL I was jumping for joy because she had saved my lens and she thought I was laughing beacuse she had fallen. I will not repeat the names she called me that day because when she raised her head up out of the water she was face to face with a snapping turtle but SHE SAVED MY LENS! LOL

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10/1/2012 10:16:08 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I guess we all have those stories. I did some walking in a creek myself a few years ago. I climbed down off of a little cliff (well, it seemed little from the top) and shot down by the water a while and then couldn't even find where I had come I had to walk in the creek back to where my car was parked and I could get up off the creekbed. I learned a good lesson that time, too...don't go off when nobody knows where you are and when you don't even have a cell phone!

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10/1/2012 10:31:22 AM

Ian M. Dewar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/6/2005
  Several years ago while photographing hot air balloons I tripped and fell. In a desperate reactionary move to save my camera and lens I raised my left arm up with my camera gripped in my hand - the result, my right shoulder took the full jarring force of the fall. After a painful shoulder separation, the greatest feeling was 4 weeks later being back in the mountains shooting with the same fully operational camera - which I had so carefully saved with my poor battered body. Photography The dangerous sport.

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10/1/2012 3:28:19 PM

Mary Dimitriw
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  See Carolyn you've started a thread on the best camera recovery stories. I hope you heal quickly and are not too sore.

This past summer I was standing on our large stones around the pool. Thankfully my camera and macro lens were on a tripod. As I gracefully jumped off the rock my left knee gave out (I've had 2 ACL surgeries) when I hit the ground. There is no control when that happens so I hit the ground in a crumpled heap all the while balancing the tripod and heavy gear. I managed to just save it from tumbling into the swimming pool. I looked ridiculous and couldn't get up for awhile but I amazed at my arm strength holding the tripod inches above water.
Great stories by the way!

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10/2/2012 4:02:20 AM

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