Obviously, none of them photogs ever played golf. lol My guess the photog who got whacked at the end will never shoot from the pit again. lol
What dangers have you had from taking pictures?
A lot of the racing I shoot gets dangerous at times but the biggest constant dangers I have had are from the drunk fans and etc. The one scariest situation was two gang members coming after me while shooting in the inner city. Once I got to my truck they still came after me with their car but I was able to get away from them once I turned off on an expressway. That's the last time I'll ever shoot in the inner city in that type of situation.
I was photographing the sunset on the downtown buildings and there were quite a few homeless around. I had my camera on my tripod when two of them came up to me. One was trying to distract me by telling me to look at various things while the other was standing behind me. My wife was also standing a few feet away, so I mostly ignored the guys, kept my hands on my gear and got the shot. I then moved over by my wife while I put my. Tripod away and then walked away. I was breathing pretty hard by the time we moved on....
BTW, the shot is just ok. I was trying to frame the moon in the shot, but ended up getting a little too much foreground distraction in the frame. You can see it (along with a few shots of my wife in the dying light that are better shots) here:
Man those photos are old... I would shoot them quite a bit differently these days :-). Oh well... Live and learn!
The coal miners in West Virginia take that seriously, and the police have been the enforcers of Big Coal from the beginning.
The video was a no brainer..I was waiting and think the special effects of the shattered front element or filter was very nice. These folks all fall into the TDTCIOOTR category....too dumb to come in out of the rain.....
I suspect the most dangerous physically was about 40+ years ago we wanted a shot from a building top. So, as I leaned out over the edge of a building about seven stories up to shoot down toward the building, I was being held by the waist of my blue jeans, and someone holding my legs down. Shot this with both Nikon and Hasselblad held at arms length as I usually did in unusual venues.
I am afraid of heights...yet, with a camera in hand, this seems to almost fully disappear. Without the camera, I had trouble getting close to the edge of the building.
Interesting how now I wold do this with a monopod, but I did not even have one... maybe they were not invented yet... LOL
I also shot in an oven to set the dye in Ban-Lon shirt fabric for REX Knitting in the 1960's. I think the air in the oven was about 140°F, the walls , floor are above 160°F. Camera on tripod, but if I slipped and fell...not good.
Oh, in searching a location for a shot for a feed company we were in the boot-leg liquor area of North Carolina...on back mountain roads.....looking for an old house. Darn funny who a rifle shot overhead gets one's attention. I know some of you know exactly what I mean. One tends to go back the way one came from when shot at.
Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
First of all, black bears can run as fast as a race horse, for a short distance; a person has no possibility of "out running" a bear; and don't even think about climbing a tree ! The things can climb trees almost as good as squirrels can; The only thing that saved my "day" was, the bear stopped when he saw I was in "retreat"; two or three weeks later when I had the film developed, much to my surprise, just as I started to run, I had snapped the shutter first ! I was completely unaware of the camera when I realized the bear was coming after me; Even though the picture was quite "blurry", you could clearly see that the bear was within just a few feet of me when he stopped. My very best advice about "bear photography"......look at in in National Geographic ! DO NOT get close to bears; any kind of bears; they are incredibly quick, they're completely unpredictable, and 95% of the time, their only thought is to tear you to pieces, which they can do in a second. If you're going down the road in a car and you see a bear, DO NOT stop.....speed up ! get a mile between you and that bear.
Years later I was with a ranger in Yellowstone National Park. We had just captured a grizzly bear during the night time and he was in a large trap (big metal cage thing on wheels with a door of bars that slams such when the bear touches the food at the other end). The grizzly bear was sitting at one end of the cage and started moving his head side to side. The ranger said "here is comes" and BANG that bear smashed his (or her) head hard against the door of that trap as he lunged for us. It happened so fast you could hardly see it. The ranger and I stood still but a person standing beside me leaped backwards about three feet when the bear lunged even though they knew it couldn't get through the metal bars. The ranger saw that head weaving and knew it was a sign of a pending attack. I thought the animal just looked drunk or disorientated. The Alaska grizzly didn't wave it's head back and forth before it attacked so I wouldn't rely upon head weaving as a sign preceding an attack. The animals are unpredictable. Just stay away from them. Maybe a 400mm or 600mm is a minimum lens for photographing wild grizzly bears?
So how come your name isn't donaldjose (deceased)? They normally totally shred people!
In my case I was two days into a backpacking trip up the Chilkoot Trail and about 50 yards from an adolescent grizzly bear weighing, I would estimate, 300 or 400 pounds. I had narrowed that gap between us to about 40 yards when it attacked me. In the time it took for me to take two steps back the bear had covered 20 yards running full speed right at me. I was astonished at its speed and realized there was no escape. And then it climbed a tree halfway between where I was standing and were it was when it started the attack! This particular animal must have had conflicting instincts. Young bears are taught by their mothers to climb trees to get away from danger while the mother goes to attack that danger. As a bear gets older its instincts change from climbing to attacking. My particular bear looked like an adult but must have been an older adolescent who still had a bit of that tree climbing instinct left. It attacked and then instinct changed and it climbed. It was up about 20 feet in a tree watching me as I slowly backed away from the attack area. There was no mother bear around and cubs stay with their mothers for at least two or three years so my bear must have been 3 or 4 years old. Eventually, the bear came down from the tree but stayed in the area while I nervously slept in a tent all night long. It could have killed me anytime it wanted to do so and even if it just chewed me up a bit and left I would have died before I could walk for two days to get back to civilization for any help. That is the last time I tried to slowly walk up on a grizzly bear to get better photos of it.
Grizzly Bears are difficult animals to manage. Either you kill them all off or you are going to have to accept that they will kill a person every few years. The National Park Service debated the issue and felt they should let the bears live and people will have to take a risk when they hike in bear country.