Should I really chance it?

Should I really chance it?

by Charly

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I don’t know about you, but overall I’m pretty adventurous and been that way my whole life. Always taking chances and more than a couple of times were very scary to say the least, even for me. In most situations, I actually ask myself, ‘Should I really chance it?’ with yes as the usual answer. Being a very passionate photographer, I do and go where most won’t venture. Not that I can blame anyone who doesn’t want to take the risk. It could cost you dearly if you make the wrong decision in more ways than one.

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I thought about doing this post because of what happened to me just today. I went to the post office to ship off one of my prints to a customer. As I was getting into my car, a wonderful woman stopped me saying I had a flat tire. I graciously thanked her and drove slowly to the nearest gas station to get air. Really … 75 cents for air? Come on that is a big ripoff! Anyway… That’s when I realized I didn’t have just one tire that was bad, but a second one also. Geesh! Just my luck; so much to do and now a trip to Discount Tire to see what the problem was.

As I was driving to the shop, I played through where I’d been that might have caused the tires to go low/flat. I remember a couple of weeks ago going to an area where I probably shouldn’t have driven my car. I had a feeling I was taking too big of a chance, but I had to get that shot! A guy met me as I was getting out of my car and asked what he could do for me. I told him about going where I shouldn’t and think I may have picked up something in 2 of my tires. He looked them over and said he didn’t see anything, but they’d look into it.

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An hour+ later, they drove my car out and I pointed that it was my car. The guy got out and said, ‘You had a nail in one tire and a piece of metal in the other, but you’re all set now’. Just as I figured. I thanked him and drove home all the while thinking, ‘You really need to get a truck and stop driving your car where it’s not meant to go!’ And I’m glad I bought my tires there and got the warranty, which means I don’t pay for flats or rotation and they’ll replace any tire no matter the damage; prorated of course.

I haven’t edited any of the images I took where I should have said “no” to my question of: Should I really chance it? But I got some great images that I think will be winners.

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The scariest thing I’ve done to get a shot? Well there’s been 2 that I almost didn’t make it back from. One was in Italy. High on a mountain above Florence, I hung over a cliff to get the “shot” and slipped. Thankfully I had one leg wrapped around a guardrail and held onto my camera tight! I’d estimate at least a 200 ft. drop down a shear rock faced cliff. But for me, even though I couldn’t stretch out further safely to include all the windy road, the shot below was worth the risk! (Click on image to view larger)

Misty Morn O'er Florence
Misty Morn O’er Florence

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The other was climbing down a steep bank of the Missouri River, treacherous at best, to get on a huge culvert. I was wanting a shot of the Train Trestle that is no longer in use. Due to branches being in the way of my shot, I moved a bit, slipped and almost plunged into the rock/thick cement fragment filled river head first with camera and tripod. Thankfully I was able to grab a branch that didn’t break, stopping me from probably certain death. Don’t think that fall into the rocks/cement fragments would’ve been injury proof if I didn’t die and I wouldn’t have been found anytime soon either. Again for me the shot below was worth it all, as I received a photography award for a series it was in of the Train Trestle.

Train Trestle Swing Bridge
Train Trestle Swing Bridge

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I wouldn’t encourage anyone to take even the slightest risk to get a “shot”! For me, my adventurous spirit always takes over. Usually my great common sense, along with my training and quick reaction without panicking, keeps me safe. Perhaps one day nothing will prevent me from injury or death, but at least I’m doing what I love, enjoying every bit of it no matter the risk, and my life is never dull. ;)

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2 Replies to “Should I really chance it?”

  1. I think my risky shot-takin’ days are behind me … but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate and applaud those who still do it … great images!!

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