Many things are important in photography, but I always think that the most important part of the gear, are good shoes. Thats one thing that has to be 100% reliable all the time, as quite often, one has to focus on the photo, and can’t look onto every step. I personally use shoes LOWA for few years now, and that they are made in Slovakia is just a bonus :) They are not cheap, but always worked great for me. Same in this place. The are I was standing on was a slope, going down into the water. And of course it was made from stones and wet. Not a place for some bad shoes :)
This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.