Getting the shot… at all costs.
Lightning, Outer Banks, NC 2006
Have I got your attention?
Very rarely when a viewer sees a beautiful fine art landscape image, do they have any idea what it took to create it. Sometimes, the truth can be as mundane as scouting a great location, waiting hours for the right light or a pleasing cloud formation.
Often, at least for this shooter, the story behind the shot has involved an unusual series of events, excitement and sometimes even danger. Now, don’t get me wrong, on any given shoot I am not looking for something unusual to happen, just the next great image. It just so happens that when I direct all my focus on the quest for that image, the rest of the world, the reality around me, tends to slip away…and that often leads to unintended, unexpected or unwelcome consequences. For lack of a less utilized term, I guess I am in the zone. The good news is, that no matter what happens, I usually get my shot and I am still around to tell about it.
So begins the continuing saga, the back story behind some of my images that make them very memorable to me and hopefully more interesting to the viewer.
Case in point, I enjoy shooting lightning for the sheer power and beauty of it. The strike I captured here was the Mother of all lightning bolts and shook the entire building I was in. Now, I usually carry the right tools for the job. On this particular occasion I had left my tripod at a different location and I was forced to shoot this storm resting my camera on a hotel railing. I opened and closed the shutter just in time to capture this memorable strike, keeping the lifeguard stand in focus and a soft blur for the blowing sea grass. I’m sure that the thin hotel towel that I used between the camera and the railing would have protected me from any shock from the storm, sure.