When preparation meets opportunity

OverseasVisayas089It’s important to make all the necessary preparations that allow us to create our best work. That said, I think it’s equally important to remain open to the surprises and unanticipated factors that can make our work even better.

My good friend Nick Souza had more than a few preparations to make in order to photograph this tanker arriving at the Port of Long Beach. Beyond scheduling and timing issues, there were the logistical challenges of shooting from a helicopter while communicating with the vessel itself.

Everything was set for an ideal shoot. But when the helicopter pilot spotted a pod of dolphins nearby, Nick seized the opportunity, switched gears immediately, and persuaded the tanker to change direction to take advantage of the opportunity.

As a result, a very good professional photograph became a truly dramatic image that will grace the cover of the client’s annual report.

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Robert Hyndman

can be reached at his Laguna Beach studio, 949.497.3179, or by using the form on the Contact Me page.
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