Shooting through glass doors

When you have the opportunity for a photo of a bird in a nice setting, you run for your camera. This Northern Cardinal was singing in the starburst and bougainvillea on our neighbor’s property, in perfect view of our glass doors in back. So I went and grabbed my camera and fired off a few shots through the dirty glass before attempting to head outside and get a clear shot.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Boca Raton, FL, March 1, 2013.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Boca Raton, FL, March 1, 2013.

Unfortunately, I had neglected to factor the toddler into the equation. Seeing the open door, he rushed to close it, not realizing (or not caring) that his beloved daddy was trying to squeeze off a few shots using the doorframe to steady the camera. The last thing I saw before my eye exploded in blinding pain was this:

The fast approaching door.

The fast approaching door.

A good photographer must always be aware of the dangers around him.