Watch Where You Stand!
Monday 30 April 2012 — Category: Miscellaneous
This morning I was listening to the state news on the radio, when I heard about a photographer from Gresham (an eastern suburb of Portland and Oregon’s fourth largest city) who was hit in the head by an airplane wing in Tigard (a western suburb of Portland).
Apparently, a Quad City Challenger II ultralight airplane had landed on the private, grass runway at Meyer Riverside Airpark (see map). The plane was taxiing to a stop when the wing hit the photographer — who was standing on the runway — in the head, knocking him unconscious. He was taken to OHSU with non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no report on the condition of his camera equipment!
The moral of the story is that you have to be careful when trying to get that “awesome” shot. As an avid photographer myself, I can understand that it’s easy to be totally focused on the scene you’re trying to capture, and be oblivious to everything else. But one needs to always have at least a basic level of situation awareness. How many photographers have been injured or killed over the years because they were standing where they should not have, or even just leaning a little to far to get that “perfect” angle?!
Here’s a great article I found on this subject on the Popular Photography Web site: Six Vacation Photos That Can Kill You. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: watch where you stand!