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What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

Yesterday I had to drop wor lass off at her Zumba class so I had a couple of hours spare. I decided to do something about a large dead branch that hung down a nearby waterfall, spoiling almost every shot I'd taken of it. It'd been there at least 2 years, so it was well stuck. Being a climbing type I reckoned I could abseil down the overhanging side of the waterfall and reach over and heave this thing off. This is the scene:


The yellow dotted line is the abseil route, it's free-fall until you reach the branch and about 30 feet in all. In the event, I donned my pertex anorak and rigged the abseil and set off. I made it to the branch, covered in mud and getting drenched by the waterfall, reached over and hoiked the branch off, then lowered a bit and got stuck in the waterfall with a jammed abseil device, twice I eventually managed to scuttle down and off to the side. The branch had landed in the bottom left hand cascade, so I had one more trip into the waterfall to get rid of it.

I thought I'd go for a walk to dry my trousers off because I had to have coffee at the zumba place with the ladies, so I replaced the drenched pertex top with a spare I keep in the rucksack, where I found the waterproof trousers I forgot I had

All good fun though, and hugely better than poncing around in a Zumba class. I think. If nothing else it's saved me and thousands of other photographers hours of cloning.
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Re: What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

LOL! What's a Zumba? Don't think they keep any in Haddington. Unless Mains the Saddlers have any?
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You deserve a medal for bravery and dedication to the cause of photography lol.

I can't recall anything I've done although I'm sure I've done something at some stage although nothing to rival your experience.

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Re: What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

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LOL! What's a Zumba? Don't think they keep any in Haddington. Unless Mains the Saddlers have any?
Zumba

Looks like it could be right up your street, Stephen!

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Re: What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

Pics or it didn't happen...


(sorry couldn't resist)


I guess you considered twice if the Photoshop route wouldn't be more convenient?


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Pics or it didn't happen...
You're right of course. I did think of setting the self timer to 12 seconds, pressing the shutter and then climbing out of the waterfall, running up the hill, clipping onto the abseil - double checking that I was actually clipped in of course - and dropping like a stone for 15 feet. Then smiling at the camera. Are IR remotes waterfallproofed?


Anyhow - here's the gear still drying in the garage. Note the dark bits of rope that were in the water/mud:


I should really give that rope a bath, embedded mud isn't the best thing for them It isn't even mine.

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Ah yes, but not as much fun
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Re: What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

I hope no one was taking a picture of the waterfall each week to show the effect of the changing seasons and that the hanging branch was a key marker for the series of pictures.
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I hope no one was taking a picture of the waterfall each week to show the effect of the changing seasons and that the hanging branch was a key marker for the series of pictures.
Very doubtful, if anyone was so meticulous they'd have picked a bit of bedrock, there's plenty in view. Dead unattached branches aren't very reliable. It was very dead and could probably have gone at any time, it had just got itself wedged. Actually, looking back at older pictures it used to be much more extensive so bits had dropped off already in the last 12 months.
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LOL! What's a Zumba? Don't think they keep any in Haddington. Unless Mains the Saddlers have any?
I was with you, Stephen, until a couple of weeks ago - never heard of it but I was in the Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead and they had a couple of mini stages and were holding demos, in the hope of attracting class members. They even gave me a flyer, so I guess it covers all ages!

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Yea, right. Looks like someone dropped chainsaw shavings down their back. Just like me on Mondays.

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Next week maybe John can take photos of the Zumba!!

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Next week maybe John can take photos of the Zumba!!
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They may let me in at a stretch.

My wife tells me that the tall young lady leading the class has a remarkably mobile anatomy when facing away. I dread to think (Aha - so that's why the E-5 has video )
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Re: What daft things have you done in the name of photography?

Quality thread and nice work

Think one of the most mental moments for me was climbing up a outside escape ladder of a kinda derelict power station that had most of its outside cage and bottom rings cut off. I'm scared of heights
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Think one of the most mental moments for me was climbing up a outside escape ladder of a kinda derelict power station that had most of its outside cage and bottom rings cut off. I'm scared of heights
Yikes - that sounds more dangerous than abbing off a tree! How high was it?
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Yikes - that sounds more dangerous than abbing off a tree! How high was it?
no idea how high maybe only 2 storys, scared me and it was very very silly of me. I had the fear big time and would not do it again.



Here is a picture (not mine), the height was just below the red line.
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