You Can Never Be Too Cautious!
Mike Grandmaison, August 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Yesterday I was photographing along Lake of The Woods in the extreme Northwestern corner of Ontario. It was the third time in 10 days, finishing up working on a new book for next spring about The Lake of The Woods area, a collaboration with writer and 'book lady' Elisabeth Campbell of 'Elisabeth Campbell Books' in Kenora, ON for Vidacom Publications (Les Editions des Plaines). I was up at the crack of dawn and looking at different angles before proceeding to capture the dawn light as it appeared across the main beach in Sioux Narrows Provincial Park. Just before sunrise (and again just after sunset), the 'Belt of Venus' glows bright pink above the horizon. This 'pink glow' atmospheric phenomenon, also known as an 'anti-twilight arch', extends some 10-20 degrees above the horizon and is caused by a back scattering of reddish light from the rising or setting sun. Minutes earlier, a dark blue band of the 'earth's shadow' was visible below the pink band.


I am always fairly cautious when walking along shorelines as rocks are often wet and slippery. I had photographed at this exact location just a few weeks earlier and I was quite aware of how slippery these rocks were. Nevertheless, and without warning, one of my feet slipped on the wet rock. Before I knew it, I had tumbled head over heels, landing on my back in a shallow pool of water among the rocks. As I was falling, many thoughts rushed through my head! Miraculously, I did not hit my head on a rock! I also managed to keep my camera and lens from crashing on the rocks. Today, I am a bit sore on my backside but things could have been much worse!


I did 'get the shot' (shown above), albeit fully drenched! I headed for the van, stripped down and changed into dry clothes. Considering that it was dawn, I did not get overly chilled. One always has to be mindful of potential hazards! Chalk it up to just another story in the 'life of a nature photographer' !


Want to hear more stories, find out why the image works and all about how to publish photographs? Come and join me, Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB) at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018. We love to share our stories and images!

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