“With most action photography, I feel that I only have a couple chances to make the photo work to tell the story,” says photographer Tyler Roemer, who took this mid-winter photo of kayaker Christie G. Eastman preparing to paddle off Celestial Falls on the White River in Oregon.
“With the roaring of the water, communication between Christie, the other boaters, and me was down to nothing. To get in position, I perched on a ledge that was directly across from the falls’ line of sight. Access was easy for me, but more challenging for the kayakers,” Roemer says.
Eastman, meanwhile, was warming up in the pool above the falls and lining up her kayak with the spout of the waterfall to ensure a clean plunge. “It can be difficult to see from upstream,” she says.
Eastman was able to execute the icy maneuver, but the drop-off by another member of Roemer’s team didn’t go as planned.
That boater “misread the water slightly, which sent him into an over-rotation and an improper landing. He injured his arm, and he had to eject out of his boat to swim to the safety of the shore,” Roemer says.
Despite the small setback, Roemer calls the trip a success. “I love being witness to scenes that unfold in front of the lens like this, especially when everyone walks away with a smile on their face.”