This weekend, a 22-year-old tourist at Phillip Island learned the hard way about the risks of taking selfies in dangerous places. While trying to capture moments for her social media, the unfortunate woman fell 50 meters (over 160 feet) off a cliff edge.
Have you ever been tempted to push the boundaries of safety to create an engaging photo that will get lots of social media likes? If so, you’re not alone. However, you might want to rethink things, especially if you’re putting yourself and your clients in danger.
In this video, Seth Miranda raises some very valid points about this growing trend. He argues that these extreme trends not only risk the safety of subjects but also the reputation of the industry.
In a world where capturing the “perfect moment” has become an obsession, wildlife is paying the price. A heartbreaking incident recently occurred in Rhossili, Swansea, a headland home to free-grazing ponies. According to farmers, selfie-taking tourists and drone users forced a baby pony off a cliff, leading to its tragic death.
Two tourists recently got into a fight at Rio de Janeiro’s famous photo spot, Pedra do Telégrafo. The incident was captured on video, showing that the two men got into a fight while trying to take photos at the popular rock. Since there’s a 300m (almost 1,000 ft) abyss below the spot, the two men nearly escaped a tragedy!
An American tourist recently had a dangerous and painful experience on vacation in Bali. While posing with an elephant for a photo, she got too close and the animal grabbed her arm into its mouth. Being strong and big as elephants are, it severely broke the woman’s arm, sending her to an emergency surgery and leaving her with a $10,000 hospital bill.
A group of urbex photographers made a grim discovery while exploring an abandoned building in Kansas City. Shortly after entering the building the men found a decomposing body and alerted the authorities. Police then called homicide detectives to the scene to further the investigation.
Urban explorers (or urbex as they are known) Michael Meredith and Aaron (family name not supplied) were out indulging in their hobby of exploring abandoned and derelict buildings. After doing extensive research, they told DIYP that they found what looked like a suitably interesting empty building. Upon close inspection, they noticed that the front door to the building was actually open.
What did we say about coming too close to potentially dangerous wild animals just last week? That’s right – we don’t do that. But it looks like some people just won’t listen.
It’s a story as old as the hunger for social media “likes.” Seeing a large buffalo, a man got too close to it with his camera, trying to get that “perfect” shot. But most wild animals are like you and me, they don’t like their personal space being invaded. So, the animal charged, and the entire incident was caught on camera.
A man and a woman nearly escaped death while taking selfies near the ocean in Sydney, Australia. They were trying to capture giant waves smashing against a breakwall right behind them. And then, a gigantic wave swept them away, taking them both straight into the ocean. The incident was caught on camera, and it’s a dreadful, but necessary reminder of why you shouldn’t take selfies near such huge waves.
A landscape photographer died after falling 300 feet when he slipped off the trail at Natural Bridges viewpoint on the Oregon coast. Emergency services arrived along with a helicopter ambulance however because the fall was so severe and with the rocky shoreline beneath the chances of survival were slim.
After talking to witnesses, the County Sheriff learned that Nam Ing, a passionate landscape photographer from California, had been out hiking with friends when he slipped and fell from the trail.