This was a different shoot in that I was doing a commercial shoot again, which I very much enjoy. I worked with a friend, Stu, who definitely has the type of rugged look the hunting/fishing gear company, Badlands, was looking for. The first time out we went kinda late in the day and lost light too fast. I got a few decent shots, but much of the time was wasted finagling with trying to get things in focus in super low light.
The second time we went out we chose the middle of the afternoon as to have enough light. We set out again to take shots of the new Intake rain gear from Badlands. In the process of driving to the unique location, we may have ignored a few signs indicating road closures in Left Hand Canyon due to the flooding we experienced here in Boulder two months ago. We were able to shoot a bunch of photos quickly throughout a nice lodgepole pine stand that is super unique because of the flooding. The spot has a lot of sand on the ground instead of soil and there is a lot of cool looking debris stuck on the trees. As we were winding down the shoot due to my toes being frozen from the creek crossing, we noticed a sheriff across the nearby stream looking at our car. Shortly thereafter, the sheriff turned his SUV around and started calling out my name. When he saw us, he requested that we come back across the stream to him. We complied with his orders while he made his AR-15 very obvious. We showed him my camera gear at the front of my car and cleared up the situation. He kindly let us off with a warning and didn't issue a ticket for the trespassing we were apparently doing due to the road closure. As we hopped in my car and began to drive back to the main road, I noticed a strange sound coming from the undercarriage of my car. I stopped and looked back to see to my horror all of my camera gear in the road. During the encounter, I forgot to put my gear back in the car and ran over the top of it... Aaaahhh! A few expletives later, I ascertained my case did a solid job of protecting everything except one lens which seems to be fixable. After some weeks later, it seems that indeed everything is ok except that lens which has been sent off for repairs. Man, that was nerve wracking, but we got a ton of good shots that I hear will make the Badlands catalog soon including parts of this story!