Searching for Foliage – Lessons Learned Part 3

Although this is the last blog of the series, it is the most important.  Your safety should be first and foremost.  So if you only read one of the blogs in this series, this should be the one.   

Lesson 4:  Safety

Once you start shooting remote locations such as falls and streams, it is very important to let people know where you are.  Send someone a text when you arrive somewhere and when you leave.  Also tell them approximately how long you may be out.  That way if you get into trouble of any kind, they know where and when to start looking for you.

Charge your phone – be sure to charge your phone before you leave and it is highly recommended you have a charger in your car.  GPS can be a heavy burden on a phone and the last thing you want is getting injured or lost somewhere off the beaten path with a dead cell phone. 

Fill your car with gas and make sure your spare tire is filled.  You don’t want to be broken down on the side of a remote road without either of these, and they are often overlooked until it is too late.

Lesson 5:  Food and water

When you head out for the day make sure you take food and water with you.  Nothing kills shooting landscapes like hunger.  You don’t want to stay out and capture a sunset or more foliage, you just want to go home or find a restaurant.  And depending on where you are, there may not be a restaurant for miles.

Lesson 6:  Flashlight

If you are shooting sunsets or even sunrises, you will find you are either getting to or leave the site in darkness.  Having one or two flashlights in your bag is highly recommended.  The last thing you want to do is rely on your cellphone flash to get you down a mountain.  LED flashlights are the best as the beams are much brighter than traditional flashlights 


Hopefully the article has provided some good information and you are excited to get out and shoot.  If there is something else you want to see, feel free to contact me!