Get Your Feet Wet.


 Photo by William Gillette

Photo by William Gillette

One of the many lessons that I have learned over the years in this great hobby is, never be afraid to get your feet wet! Literally, 

When you first see an amazing photo opportunity your first instinct should be to look for the best possible shot of your subject. Sometimes that shot is not always obvious. When first approaching this set of falls I noticed a few phographers along the shore up near the top of the falls. As I looked at the location I decided to take a little different approach. Testing the waters depth with my monopod first and then stepping into the ice cold stream. I hopped up on a few rocks and found a place to anchor my tripod. I set my camera up, very carefully I might add. And snapped a few frames. As I was packing my gear a few minutes later I noticed that two of the other photographers had been standing on the shore where I went in to the stream. I finished packing my stuff and slowly went back into the stream towards the two. As I did they stepped into the water and headed for the pile of rocks mid stream that I had just returned from. Back on shore I dumped the water from my boots collected my gear and headed back up the trail.  As a photographer I believe it is my goal to bring to frame the parts of nature that are seldom seen, an angle that is not so common, or a story that hasn't be told. Sometimes you can not simply do this standing on the shore. Be safe, be smart, but most of all be adventurous.