Good photographers are willing to do whatever it takes to get their photo. Broken lenses and broken legs sometimes go with the territory.
I don’t want to make too big a deal of it but there have been times when I’ve punished the old body, all in the pursuit of an image. It reminds me of one particular time in Yellowstone National Park when we were looking at geyser activity.
I could have stood on the boardwalk or comfortably sat on the nearby bench and got pretty good photos. But I’m willing to make sacrifices to improve my photography. I went all in.
You will see from the photo above that I chose to lie all the way down on the boardwalk. I assure you it was hard, dirty and uncomfortable. I must have hung in there for seconds, punishing my body, as I took a few photos. The fake boards were unforgivingly hard, I felt a few muscles getting a little tired and I may even have felt a little heat rising from the geyser. My wife might have had to help me up to save me from that difficult spot. It really was awful!
Luckily I escaped that dangerous position before I suffered any long-term effects. I hate to think what might have happened. I could have been stepped on or trampled by people walking by, got a little stiff or some steam from the geyser might have wafted right into my face. Thankfully there didn’t seem to be any long-term consequences but I keep checking just in case.
Of course I was happy to do it all, and who knows, if the right opportunity arose in the future, I might even rustle myself off the park bench again.
After getting tricked into backpacking 75 grueling kms on the West Coast Trail in Canada nearly a decade ago, I vowed to only take pictures from the truck at the end of that exhausting experience. Now look how far I’ve come!