I have taken so many falls while out taking pictures that it isn't even funny! (Well, okay, I guess it is funny because I am such a klutz!) My first photography fall was several years ago walking down the street at Fenway Park. It's been downhill from there. :-) A week ago today I took a fall, with camera in hand. This time I wasn't as lucky as all of the other times. This time I outstretched my right arm to break the fall and ended up with a rotator cuff injury. I know this as a fact because I finally saw an orthopedist today who confirmed this. But, enough about me.
Here is a picture of my good friend and fellow photographer Greg Lessard. This image is titled "The Wet Sock"
I took this image during a weekend photography trip in VT. Greg saw something off the side of the road in a swampy area that he wanted to photograph. I believe it was a leaf. Yes, there were a hundred billion other beautiful leaves he could have chosen to photograph, but this particular leaf spoke to him. I think it called his name.
Non-photographers reading this wouldn't understand this, but us photographers understand. When a leaf calls your name, you can not ignore the call.
No matter what the risk..........
So, the leaf called his name and when he went to answer the call, he stepped on what he thought was a sturdy tree limb, which turned out not to be sturdy and he went into the swamp up to his waist. With a little "help from his friends" he was pulled out of the swamp....his muddy pants were taken off behind the shelter of my car....and he tied his jacket around his waist as a "kilt". This is an image of him posing with his muddy sock.
I need a laugh today and this image just cracks me up and takes me back to that day. You probably had to be there.......but damn it was funny!!!!!! :-)
The things photographers will do to "get the shot" can be pretty risky. I would like to say that my rotator cuff injury happened because I fell out of a tree while taking a picture of a Bald Eagle......but nah....truth be told I tripped going up some stairs along a pond.
On another note, I hope all of you New Englanders are safe during this blizzard we are experiencing. Me and my rotator cuff will be to work at 5 am tomorrow morning in two feet of snow and blizzard conditions. I am "essential personnell". Makes me sound important, but don't be fooled by the title. Thank God For Mr. S. He is my hero and will dig us out and get me there!!!!
I hope to get some snow images to post within the next few days.
PS. This image is posted with permission from Greg! :-)
Editing with a link to Greg's blog post about the muddy sock incident: