Last week I looked at the weather forecast for the next day and it said “big seas and possible early morning thunderstorms”. I thought that this was exactly the sort of weather that I wanted for a photo that I had in mind of Devils Cauldron. I wanted some drama in my shot… and boy did I get it!!!
Now normally I would call it a bad day if I got splashed or hit by a wave while I was shooting…. well this day I got hit by not one wave, but four of them. And I happened to have my little Panasonic Lumix camera rolling each time.
Now to understand how I videoed this, for the first half I had the Panasonic camera sitting on a Gorillapod on the rock behind me. For the second half of the video, I wrapped the gorillapod around the front leg of my tripod and just left the camera rolling while I was snapping stills on my DSLR. So I hope you enjoy my little bit of sunrise drama that I caught on video.
While I was not in any danger of being swept off the rock shelf out to sea, I was in very real danger of getting my camera gear trashed. While I have all my gear insured for this type of event, it still would not have been much fun. So a word of warning for all buddying seascapers, always be careful on the rocks near the surf. I’m pretty experienced when it comes to shooting seascapes, but this is an example where I let the thrill of the shot get to me and over-rule common sense. Luckily none of my equipment was damaged.
My camera bag with spare lenses etc. was left high and dry at my original shooting location
My D700 was protected by an Optech Rainsleeve (pretty good insurance for these type of shooting conditions at US$6
My Panasonic LX3 took a direct hit and got drenched but it kept on working for some unknown reason.
Get the good shots by all means, but stay safe.