Standing in the cave at the base of Lower Falls in downtown Rochester, NY. The water level on the Genesee River was high that day, creating the heavy mist in the background.
The hike to get to the cave wasn't an easy one. The trail was very muddy and steep as we made our way to the gorge of the Genesee River. When we reached the river bank, the levels were higher than any time I had been there before. The rain...duh, I didn't consider it. As we walked the rocky high bank, the trail grew more challenging as we made it closer to the base of the falls. There came a point where it was more than unavoidable to get wet. Beyond wet. Soaked. As we entered the mouth of the damp cave, I was relieved to see that the rain heavy mist wasn't able to make it inside.
My brave model, Kurstie, never complained as she seemed to have faith in me. Maybe it's because I met her like 15 years ago, I dunno...but I am very appreciative of her efforts :-)
My son Josh carried down a gallon of fuel for the poi that Kurstie spun in the cave we were in. I carried a backpack full of camera gear, road flares, and fireworks. I had big plans for crazy lighting in the cave, but the smoke was too much.
This shot was taken through lot's of effort to do a totally different shot, and I love it.