Ultimately, you have to ask yourself just how willing you are to risk your safety, or more importantly, the safety of your gear to get a shot that you think will really sing. There’s nothing quite as dampening (pun totally intended) as getting your camera soaked with salt water, as I learned earlier this week while Vincent Mo commiserated with me and our Google+ colleague, Aravind Krishnaswamy.

Look, everyone can play it safe, stand from a distance, and let someone else take the fall (boom, second pun totally intended). But I’d be willing to bet that the risk-taking photographer out there will walk away with some pretty killer shots… or have a cool story to tell.

Live on, photographers!