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Almost Died

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 9 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

When I was taking shots of this bridge, a huge wave came barreling in from my back. I was down by those large pieces of wood on the rocks near the creek. I wanted to get the entire bridge and up the creek. The water came up to my crotch both coming and receding. It took all of the strength that I could muster to stay upright. People die regularly from that kind of stupidity. "Never turn your back on the ocean!!" (Many of you have spoken about the power of the sea displayed in this series. As the saying goes, "You got that right!!")

Nikon D700 1/160 second F/7.1 ISO 400 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

A powerful reminder of nature's strength. I don't think you would have been pulled out to sea but you definitely could have been tugged down, hurt and your camera ruined. Good you kept your footing.. moments like these are to offer second chances.

9 Jan 2011 5:30am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

I am glad you are OK! and yes, the ocean is a huge force!! love the scenery - beautiful bridge!!

9 Jan 2011 5:46am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I am glad you made it! That is not good at all and is a very close call! I hope you are doing well. Wonderful scene here with great light!

9 Jan 2011 6:14am

@Scott F. Schilling: thanks. i'm fine. i have shots of that entire area flooded.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like your composition and warm colors. It is much softer than my icy day photo

9 Jan 2011 7:33am

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

The ocean has so much power Jack.... glad your OK, but you captured a beautiful scenery in this shot!! so it was worth the struggle;-)))

9 Jan 2011 7:48am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Nothing like a good story to go along with good shot. I'm glad it ended well.

9 Jan 2011 8:38am

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic shot, Jack

9 Jan 2011 8:59am

JCJ from Troyes, France

fine framing!

9 Jan 2011 9:15am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Wonderful angle, great details and tones. I'm happy that you escaped this close encounter unharmed.

9 Jan 2011 9:50am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That must have been a huge roque wave to get as far as your family jewels!

9 Jan 2011 10:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, never underestimate the power of Nature . . so glad you and your gear survived this one !

9 Jan 2011 10:07am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

glad you escaped the worst ! No photo deserves to take so many risks, as beautiful is it ! we feel the power of the ocean with all this wood drift around, great compo with the bridge !

9 Jan 2011 10:10am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Dear friend. I have read your text and I can only give you the reason ... More than once I've had a scare just the sea of my land, Mediterraneo is much less rough. except when there Levante! Hazy to be careful a picture is worth a life ... A hug and finally got a great shot. Thank you very much friend! A hug y besos, Adela

9 Jan 2011 10:44am

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Great series, but please, do be careful, we want to enjoy many more of your shots!

9 Jan 2011 11:00am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

You got lucky, paid attention sea is always dangerous. You have still managed a very nice picture. Good day.

9 Jan 2011 11:31am

oncho from granada, Spain

Beautiful composition and colors

9 Jan 2011 11:52am

kerfendal from Paris, France

the sea is always dangerous, you got a nice pic very well composed

9 Jan 2011 12:53pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb image! Beautiful details and colors!

9 Jan 2011 3:08pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great frame and treatment ;)

9 Jan 2011 3:39pm

Daniel from Kenmare, Ireland

yeah, you have to careful of those waves.

9 Jan 2011 3:44pm

don from spokane, Afghanistan

You came away with a fine image of the bridge and river. I'm glad you survived the ocean's pummeling and got your shot. I think the urge to "get the picture" dulls our perceptions of danger.

9 Jan 2011 3:47pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A good reminder to all of us that we should consider safethy first before attempting our shot! Glad to hear you escaped unhurt Jack! ;-)

9 Jan 2011 3:55pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

lucky you! and i'm happy for you! would have been too much of a sacrifice just to get "that" picture!

9 Jan 2011 5:09pm

@Franz: it's what can happen when you get in a zone

tataray from france, France

Magnifique ... )) Une chance pour vous!...

9 Jan 2011 5:49pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Guess it's time for you to heed that saying's good advice, Jack! Now that you know better, you're guaranteed to DO better. <grin>

9 Jan 2011 6:11pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

The risks are probably a part of the game we play when photographying.......To help forget them,we have our works behind......It's a good picture,Jack......And now a Souvenir between others for you....

9 Jan 2011 6:39pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

I agree. I almost got caught out on a sand spit as the tide began rising fast, bird watching out on Kiawah Island one winter, and it scared the the heck out of me. I had to run as quickly as I could to get back to the safety of the beach head.

9 Jan 2011 7:09pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

It IS a stunning shot...but you nearly paid for it big time. Glad you kept your feet on the ground, Jack.
(And saved your camera ;-)

9 Jan 2011 9:15pm

@DULCIE: bill had gone back to the car to get something. however, i could easily have waited for him to come back and spot me. i simply wasn't thinking; that's what was stupid.

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Oh, Jack, how imprudent to turn away from the ocean and not seeing the wave, but you're here ... unharmed, fortunately. The bridge is beautiful and the color of the wood looks like gold, and the wave reaches the rollers. This picture could not be! Have a nice evening.

9 Jan 2011 9:19pm

@Alivia: all i needed to do was wait for bill to return from the car and spot me

Mohamadreza from mashhad, Iran

Lovely landscape
Thanks for the post

9 Jan 2011 9:28pm

Harry from Apex, United States

A scary story but an interesting photo.

9 Jan 2011 9:52pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

9 Jan 2011 9:54pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Magnificent capture of the landscape!

9 Jan 2011 10:27pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I'm so happy to see this picture, you are back with your camera. Thanks for sharing this image and warning.

9 Jan 2011 10:31pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I bet it's a big relief (both for you, and the rest of us) to know that your guardian angel's no slacker! :)

10 Jan 2011 12:19am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

i like this point of view ,jack , a quiet place ,excellent framing !
friendships

10 Jan 2011 12:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A great shot, Jack but not worth those kinds of chances.

10 Jan 2011 12:40am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like the warm tones.

10 Jan 2011 1:38am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

a close call but it is great to see that you got out of this one in one piece ;-) great photo too! lovely composition and colour tones with the bit of water just a reminder of nature's power...

10 Jan 2011 2:06am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A beautiful shot but an unfortunate situation! I hope you are doing ok , and I love the textures and warmness to this! Nice work, stay safe!

10 Jan 2011 2:54am

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - scary. And a good reminder for the rest of us. Gorgeous image - and I'm glad you got up!

10 Jan 2011 3:48am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The most important lesson for a photographer is "Be aware of your surroundings." You got a terrific shot out of it though.

10 Jan 2011 4:07am

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

beautiful colors and framing!

10 Jan 2011 9:37am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh my! I'm glad you are all right! I hope this was a lesson learned!!!

11 Jan 2011 6:39am

@Magda: actually a lesson re-learned

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

btw, it haunted me that I'd seen the bridge before . . . here !

11 Jan 2011 10:04am

@Ronnie 2¢: After my near-disaster, Bill came down and took his shot.

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada

I completely understand your story. Every year there are a couple of 'tourists' that end up being swept into the ocean at Peggy's Cove here in Nova Scotia. They just don't realise how powerful the ocean is. She deserves our respect...and often demands it as well.

Great shot and series!!

11 Jan 2011 4:53pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

My dad used to say "The ocean isn't a man's friend." A beautiful shot - great perspective and colours

12 Jan 2011 8:27am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

I'm glad you stood your ground to get this fantastic shot. I love the composition and lighting.

12 Jan 2011 11:15pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

An excellent capture...and a courageous move....great tones...your captured will be memorable because many involved some kind of risk ....bravo to you..you a a inspiring photographer

17 Jan 2011 7:32am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Correction!!!....your captures....you are an inspiring photographer.

17 Jan 2011 7:34am