We don't think about it too much, but outdoor action photography sometimes lead us into the path of danger! You know how it is ... that perfect angle, with good light, is usually captured from a precarious position. And, occasionally close to, or even in, the direct line of action.
It was a big day in our area, yesterday, with several large events. There were two that I wanted to shoot.
I made it to the Loop The Lake foot race early in the day. Here's a photo of the first group of runners passing by my shooting position. Its the only image I've processed so far - for reasons that will become clear shortly.
After going home to download the files and reformat my card, I headed out to the Lakeside Event where paragliders and hang gliders launch from the top of Mt Swansea, and aim to land on targets on the beach at James Chabot Park beside Lake Windermere. I wanted to shoot from the launch site for a couple of reasons: (1) Most, if not all, people taking photos would be lakeside because it takes time and physical effort to get to the launch site, and (2) I much prefer being in the fresh air and quiet of the alpine environment over the crowds, noise and chaos of a "beach" event.
Long story short, the wind was a bit variable and, while I'd chosen a shooting position well to the side of the launch line, a "perfect storm" resulted in this series of events:
Paraglider taking advantage of a good gust - you can see the windsock in the background - in theory, he should've been moving diagonally away from me to launch into the wind:
"How am I going to explain this to the insurance company?! The camera cannot have survived that!"
It took me a few seconds to get my breath back and stand up. Meanwhile, my camera took this photo during its leap down the mountainside, eventually coming to rest 30m+ away:
So, I didn't get nearly as many photos at the Lakeside Event as I'd have liked. Next year!
I am also missing a two-day equestrian event in the valley, which I'm really bummed about. But such is life. At least I'm in one piece (I think!) and my camera is, as far as I know, still fully operational.
I'll get both the Loop The Lake and the Lakeside Event's photos up as soon as I can!