In 2010, I started to take seascape photo by travelling around Sydney beach on every weekend. Unfortunately, after having about 3-4 trips, I was splashed with a big wave at Tamarama beach and felt down. My Canon 5D camera with 3 lens got drowned and almost damaged. At that time, it was not worth the risk. Later, the more experience I have, the less I carry camera gears.
This picture was taken at Avalon Beach in 2011. In that windy morning, the 30km/hr wind and 1.2 m wave height were sufficient to cause serious damage if we are reckless. While I tried to find a good point of view, I saw a location which was expected to be a great spot of that day. However, I quite hesitated as the incoming strong waves and only little space to stand. Suddenly, I walked in to the sea and set my camera on tripod about 1 foot above the ground. Most of the time, I was hit with waves and got wet to the waist. To protect my gear, I lift the tripod up and down several times. However, the Nikon D700 wet and Lee GND filters watered everywhere. Five minutes later, I gave up and returned to shore with about 15-20 shots. Although I cleaned up those gears nicely and suddenly, later, sea water and salt had penetrated into the body and destroy the mechanism, costing me a hundred dollars to fix it.
In retrospect, for me, is that worth? I'm not sure, I think.
But if I could go back in time, I would like to look for another location which had less risks of this one.
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