Sad news out of California, as a photographer there fell to his death while trying to get a shot.
The photographer, Jiyoun Park, was standing on a ledge on top of a parking garage, trying to take shots of the Lodi Arch and a passing train, when it appears he slipped and fell about 40 feet to his death. Neighbors mentioned that he was a quiet, nice person who enjoyed taking photographs in the area.
Park's story caught my eye as it seems that he wasn't really doing anything extreme or blatantly ill-advised. It was just a short lapse of judgment that led to the unfortunate accident. We often read stories of photographers knowingly putting themselves in harm's way against all common sense, and most of us think that we would never willingly put ourselves in such a situation. However, it's easy for any person with a healthy level of common sense to unwittingly put themselves in a dangerous situation despite seemingly harmless circumstances, such as stepping a little too close to the edge of a building. Don't let the pursuit of a photograph cause you to inadvertently endanger yourself.
Lead image by Wikipedia user Libismom, used under Creative Commons.