Extreme/Adventure Photographer Dawn Kish has a reputation of doing what it takes to get the photo. She took quite a bash on a recent assignment, while using her D7000 in an Outex waterproof case. She shares her experience and some crucial advice for others using waterproof rigs while engaged in extreme activities.
DIYP: Wow! Can you tell us how you got those?
DK: I smashed my face with my camera in a big ol’ Grand Canyon rapid. I got a new underwater housing for my camera and was so excited to shoot in the rapids. I was too busy trying to get the shot and didn’t hold on tight. We hit a big hole and WHAM. I hit the cooler with my camera in front of my face. OUCH!
DIYP: Is there any advice you’d spare for anyone engaged in similar jobs?
DK: After I posted my battle wounds on Facebook, I didn’t realize that others did the same thing. One photographer told me that it happened to him and that when you have a waterproof housing around the camera, you must hold it away from your face when your shooting in rough water. I was to busy looking through the viewfinder and didn’t see the big hole in the rapid coming up. All this trauma for the love of making photos. Next time, hold on and keep the camera away from the face.
DIYP: Was it worth it? Any good photos from that trip?
DK: I got some cool shots from that trip. Not from that rapid but over all I’m in love with my new underwater housing from Outex.com.
DIYP: All our best, and heal fast
DK: thank you
Dawn says that she is doing much better. You can send her healing wishes and enjoy her adventure photography on her Facebook page.