Last week, Christie was lounging on the deck railing looking awfully cute, so I wandered outside to get a few portraits of her furry face. I continued to take portraits, and then I began walking backward to get her whole body in the frame. When I shoot with my Nikon D5000, I use a 50mm lens, and I have to zoom with my feet.
All of a sudden, the deck was no longer beneath my feet. Falling through the air seemed to last longer than it actually did. My brain was moving in slow motion. Then the reality set in. My butt hit the lawn, my shoulder dug into the muddy grass, and finally, my head touched the ground with a light pop.
I was flat on my back, looking up at the gray sky, and then I looked at my right hand to see if my camera was damaged. It looked intact, but the lens was covered in mud.
I had unknowingly walked off the back porch steps while I was taking photos of Christie. I thought to myself, Well, that’s a bummer; at least my camera isn’t cracked. I hope I’m not broken.
I did a body scan and slowly sat up. I felt slightly sore, but nothing was broken, and thankfully I didn’t whack my head very hard on the ground. My butt, back, and camera were covered in mud, but I was okay. Christie was sitting on the railing, staring at me with a disgusted look on her face. She was silently judging me.
I started laughing at myself and the cat, and then I slowly extracted myself from the ground and walked into the house. My socks were wet and muddy, and I left a trail of footprints on the floor. I’m extremely fortunate that I didn’t hurt my back yet again or give myself a concussion.
I learned a couple of lessons from my fall, and I thought they might help you, too.
- When you take photos, pay attention to your surroundings. If you decide to walk backward while snapping photographs, make sure there are no steps, cliffs, or other hazardous obstacles behind you.
- After a big fall, scan your body before moving and take your time getting up.
- When you fall, either figuratively or literally, you literally have to get up and keep moving forward, one small step at a time.
I’ve never been a graceful individual, and I’m prone to doing stupid things like walking into walls, stubbing my toe on the corner of the bed, or tripping over the carpet. I don’t know how I raced down ski slopes as a kid and young adult without hurting myself or others in the process. For a klutz like me, getting through a normal day is challenging.
Have you ever experienced an epic fall? Share your story in the comments section.