Things I learned today about Outdoor Photography
When traversing the side of a ravine to get to the site of a waterfall you want to take photos of.. remember :
Leaves cover holes in the ground so you can't see them..
Wet leaves are slippery.. and will still cover holes in the ground so you can't see them...
Twigs and small saplings will not necessarily support your weight... especially if you are a large fella...
Never say "Wow... I can't believe I haven't fallen yet...."
Remember that walking through the woods with a full pack and a tripod in your hand (that weighs about the same as an M-16 A1 rifle) is the reason you got out of the Marine Corps to begin with.
Know that the Mountain Warfare school the Marines sent you to 25 years ago will ABSOLUTELY come in handy.
Remember to bring a first aid kit, including medical tape so you can splint your broken pinky after you slip on wet leaves and fall/slide twenty or thirty feet back down into the ravine.
When you DO fall (and you will) and you say to yourself "I better try to fall butt first and slide"... there WILL be a branch under the leaves to catch your foot and catapult you head first down into the ravine... making you look like you are a fat Pete Rose sliding into second base...
As you fall.. remember to toss your tripod away from you, so it does not become a six pound metal missile.
Wear gloves...even if it's summer.
Remember to bring water.
No... bring MORE water... you did not bring enough..
Understand that when you are cold, wet and tired enough... you don't give a CRAP about photography.
Bring a towel or old sheet and keep it in your car. Then you will have something to cover your seat so you don't ruin it with the mud that is caked on your backside from sliding into a ravine.
Make sure you have aspirin and an extra bottle of water in the car... so you can have something to relieve the pain when you are driving home.
When you get home, be happy that at least ONE of the 75 photographs you just took is halfway decent.