To All The Ships At Sea –
There are basic fundamental rules never to be broken. Compositional rules can be broken as well as rules about lighting color, contrast, & density you can break all the time. No big deal! So what are the rules you never want to break? Turning your back on a race car – you never want to do that! Falling out of a helicopter – you never want to do that! Challenging authority in a security situation – you never want to do that
I digress… somewhere around 1980 I was photographing my son’s red convertible. It was parked 5 feet below me on a cement driveway and I was on a wall above. I became so rapped up into what I thought would be a very bizarre composition with virtually a brand new 20mm lens. So exactly what was my mistake? Looking through the camera I walked off the wall. My immediate reaction as I floated in mid air was to save my camera by putting it over my head so it would not hit the car or the cement. It was brilliant so what hit first? My elbows and my face and then the camera and lens as it hit the cement. Not very smart of me! Another time, I was on assignment at Pebble Beach Golf Course in California for the New York Times, when the Greenskeeper told me to be careful at a certain hole. Two golfers drove their golf cart off the side of the course and dropped almost a hundred feet to the rocks and sea. That’s another no no. Exactly why am I writing this blog? Fast forward to 2018, I walk into my studio to see a streak of light from a glass door hitting my office chair. It was gorgeous. I grabbed my camera. I looked through the camera and it was not what I wanted, so I backed up, didn’t like it, and backed up several times while making an exposure each time. The forth time I backed up, I hit an extremely large half-inch glass table and my body went up in the air! What did I do? I raised the camera up again as I started to fall, my other leg hit the table and as luck would have it I fell to the right of the table. Suffice to say if my svelte body hit the table, there is no doubt, I would have been dead. Boy was I lucky!
So the moral of this story is, pay attention, know where you are, don’t make any moves while the camera is to your eye, and don’t count on luck to get you out of a bad situation! KISS… but don’t be stupid!
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