When I arrived at this spot with my camera gear, light had not yet punctured the sky. I considered this a good thing; plenty of time to set up and consider what to shoot. In the midst of setting up the lights from this AWESOME CRUISE SHIP caught my eye; passing underneath the GGB (Golden Gate Bridge) without so much as a word of warning. To say it shocked and delighted me is the understatement of the century. I can also say if I had taken thirty to forty-five seconds more to setup, I would not be showing or writing about this photo…
I am convinced more than ever by this ‘happy accident’ that if you’re going to catch stunning photographic events, those once-in-a-lifetime-happenings, you need to make your preferred camera(s) your new BFF(s). Get to know your camera and its inner workings, set up as much as possible before hand and you’ll be ready every time to create art, crazy- interesting stuff from opportunities begin and end in the blink of an eye.
Ultimately, I’m happy with this photo more for the things that happened BEFORE I pressed the button, all the lead-up, the excitement of being caught off guard, then using the situation to my benefit.
I took a number of shots that morning, many of which came out crisp, clear, studied, focused. I love those shots too, but in my mind all of them came into being because of this peek-a-boo, ultra- cool vessel emerging like a hidden leviathan from under the GGB… cruising at the speed of light!
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