Sometimes to get the right composition you need to take some calculated risk with yourself and equipment. Since I shoot at Hidalgo Falls on regular bases it can be challenging to find a different perspective and composition. This particular day the water was lower than normal which allowed me to go places in the water I normally cannot. The challenge the footing is not very good with moss on the rocks and large to medium size holes with little areas to put your foot down and stay balanced without slipping and falling into a hole. I walk around without the camera equipment to see if the composition would be good and if I could get there with my gear. I found a nice spot that I had never shot from before. I wanted to shoot from this location but the tick was it was going to be difficult because it was a small rock that might be able to fit my tripod with perhaps enough room for me to stand and compose the photo. But I decided I would take the chance and went and got my gear. It took me a little while to maneuver over to the location and with luck was able to setup the tripod and barely had room for me. I had to stand with part of my heels of my feet hanging over the edge of a 3 foot drop into deep water with lots of large rocks, if I slipped and fell in it would be painful. It took me a little bit to compose the shot since I could hardly move without falling. I took a test shot and had to recompose the shot and then I stood there for about 10 minutes while I waited for the sun to set. It was uncomfortable and my feet where killing me but I knew I had an opportunity for a good shot. While I was standing there in the middle of the river on this tiny rock I heard this helicopter very loud and new it was close. I heard it from behind me and twisted my body to see if I could see it. It was an Apache military helicopter about 200 feet off the deck heading right towards me. I waved and the pilot rocked the helicopter back and forth and flew right over me, pretty cool. The pilot must have thought what the hell is this guy doing standing in the middle of the river he must be some kind of nut, he would be right. A few minutes later I took the shot I was waiting for and was finally able to get off that rock. Love this image one of my best shots, it was defiantly worth the risk and discomfort.
Camera Setting; f16, 6 sec, 100 ISO, focal length 10mm, 9 stop ND filter
Camera Equipment; Nikon D750, Nikon lens 10-35mm 4fg