Skydive Lake Tahoe 4th Of July 2014

skydive lake tahoe water jump 4th of july 2014

Skydive Lake Tahoe

Skydiving into Lake Tahoe is definitely something to check off your jump list. Jumping into the water requires some planning and a reserve pack but well work the effort at least once.  The view is to die for filling ones visual perception full of crystal clear blue and green hues against a backdrop of the Sierra Mountains.

If you haven’t invested in real water gear, do it. It’s a great investment and as a jumper you will surely use it more than once.  I know I have and for this demo it was definitely something you wanted as part of your gear.  The lake is huge and can be very cold, even in summer.  A jumper actually perished last year by landing in the lake on a bad spot with winds and drowned via hypothermia.

The day before the jump I actually gave a water training class at The Goat House and we went over all kinds of scenarios where no matter how careful you are one can get into a situation they need to be prepared for.  Couldn’t help but think about it with mountain winds gusting to 20+ favorably onshore.

The jump called for mandatory water landing and no flying over crowds at all making it a very easy demo for anyone with decent canopy skills.  Once in the air the winds were no as bad as foretasted for sure and direction was easy to spot simply by looking at the water.

James Linsbee of Tahoe Skydiving organized and planned the Demonstration jump for Incline Village and the Veterans Association.  This is the third year in a row James has organized the event.  This year Michael Roberts provided complementary S&TA for all concerned.  The Nazi Safety attitude of Michael provided extra room in the plane for sure.  It was quite amazing that after paying $25 for the slot in advance people would show up with no water gear, late and reserves out of date.  It was quite comical to watch Micheal deal with each scenario with a laughter in his voice and smile on his face.

I have to admit, I wasn’t truly prepared myself.  The date sorta crept up on me and before I knew it there I was in a plane leaving for Tahoe with nothing but a rig, t-shirt, shorts, flip flops and no way home.  And as life usually works, it all worked out.  I still got to see fireworks, sleep outside and wake up to tall pine trees in the morning.

Skydive Lake Tahoe

As luck would have it I was able to get to the DZ early enough to throw together a helmet with a gopro scrounged from friends lockers.  Really didn’t want the bother of a big helmet or other cameras and extras stuff to carry once there. For all I knew I might be hitch hiking back to Lodi.  No matter how hard I try I just cannot jump without some sort of camera.

I you are interested in making this leap next year, by all means, make your way to Lodi, like the Parachute Center Fanpage and look for the posting, usually a couple months in advance.  Only one otter load, so slots fill up pretty quick.

Check out more pictures on The Harry Parker Fan Page.

 Skydive lake Tahoe

Skydiving Photography Dangers – Snagging The Plane

Skydiving Photography Dangers!  Or, Risking it all for the $20 bill!

First day on the job.  First jump.  Got a new guy on the crew learning the ropes.  Everything goes smooth till he lets go. Check out this seemingly innocent, every day, climb-out and exit.  Can you spot what happened?  This type of mishap can happen to just about anyone.  There are many skydiving photographer dangers out there. Learn from other’s mistakes.

When working on unfamiliar airplanes, equipment and locations.  Taking a steadfast and conscious look at yourself might help in the long run. Honestly, when I saw the video, I don’t think I would have thought about this.  And I’ve noticed my equipment varies to the same in this video.  Still, it’s amazing and dumb luck for sure as well as something to watch out for and it was in my mind on every climb-out since. The victim of this sustained a massive lump on his shin from hitting the step after being thrown into it a few times while floundering in the wind.  He is very lucky a piece broke and set him free.  I cannot imagine having to ride this down.

Thanks for tuning in!

HP

PS- Have you ever been in a situation like this?

PPS- What is your biggest mistake as a skydiving photographer where you learned something?

PPPS-Leave your comment in the post below.

Big-Way Skydiving Cameramen Equipment

A big thank you goes out to Chris for writing in on my last post, Skydiving Event photography,  and asking about skydiving cameramen equipment.  I always think about doing this, listing equipment, so here you go.  This is a great camp to go check out what the common, regular cameraman is shooting for big-way photography.

This is the line-up of cameramen for the camp.  This will change as we move into the 100-ways this week.  And, there are many Big-Way Cameramen out there, way too many to list.  But, View full post »

Skydiving Event Photography – P3 Big-Way Camp

Complete bigway skydiving formationAnother invite by Craig O’Brien and I am back in Perris Valley California for two, four-day weekends of non-stop skydiving formation fun!  I love being on-the-board for this event and with the people I get to jump with all day.  And, despite what others might think, Skydiving event photography can be fun and profitable, thanks to the forward thinking and generosity of the one and only, Craig O’Brien.

This weekend is strictly the intro camp for the 100-ways.  You never know what’s gonna happen.  Over 130 registered and over half are all newcomers to big-way skydiving.  By the end of next weekend all us photogs will be sharing the sky with each other, five otters and 100-WAYS!  Loving it.  Talk about View full post »

Skydiving Event Photography Tips

WestCoast WingSuits Group Shot, Lodi 2020 Event, Photo by Harry Parker Photography

This past weekend I was able to shoot the Lodi 2020 WingSuiting event at The Parachute Center.  I even got to share airspace with fellow shooter WingSuit Zak (Link to Zak’s photos below.) Shooting Wingsuiting is challenging and fun.  Perspectives change, challenges shift and focusing on steady shots forces one View full post »

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