When Disaster Strikes and Your Camera Drowns

Some days, you spend the day hiking in beautiful weather, the sun shining on your face and a light breeze dancing through your hair while you capture arresting images of Mother Nature in all her glory. Some days, it rains all day, and your camera falls into a river.

Coming to you from First Man Photography, this great video follows him on a day of hiking in the mountains and shooting and ends with disaster, as one of his cameras tips over into a river. It's both an educational video and one that I'm sure many of us will sympathize with, having been there before. I've personally had quite a similar experience. I love to shoot in rainy and foggy conditions, as I think they can add a ton of mood to a scene and provide a more unique perspective on familiar locations, but I've also fallen prey to the elements on such days more than once. Perhaps my most memorable moment was standing in a freezing cold river, watching my brand new, expensive filter float away after it slipped out of my hands, off to the merry land of who knows where. Anyway, I really appreciate his positive attitude about the experience; after all, if we want to get the shot, we're going to have to risk our gear a lot of the time. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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20 minutes of video ..
Just use protection and caution.

When that happens you must remove the battery as fast as possible, not standing there and watch it for a few minutes…. And dry it at least for a week before even thinking of putting de battery back in…..

Ive been watching Adam since he had less than 2k subscribers, i have a funny feeling the part after the camera went in the water was more staged for the purpose of the video than him 'standing there and watching it'

that thumbnail on the homepage gives me life

Camera falls at 13:26.