Everyone who knows me or has read my blog understands that I truly believe that every shot is a lucky shot.
No matter how great your equipment, how spectacular the venue or how good you think you are; if there is no action there is no shot. But to paraphrase Luis Pasteur: ‘Luck favors the prepared mind.’
Sometimes with a lot of planning and some help you do get lucky, really lucky.
In preparing to shoot the ITU World Triathlon Series Race in San Diego in April, my driver and partner in crime for the weekend, Bruno and I checked out locations, backgrounds, access and the time it would take us to get from one location to another.
During the Men’s race on Saturday we knew we would miss the leaders at our first stop, they were just going too fast to make it there in time, we headed right to our second location. When the men had passed us, we move to our other spot, waited about 1 minute for their arrival, shot for less than 3 minutes and the went back to our other location. Arriving only 2 minutes later, we had already missed Ali Brownlee who was running away from the field.
I spent the next two minutes shooting and headed to the finish. When I arrived at the finish the other photographers were already on the photo stand. I was the only one who had gotten out on the run course to try to get some a few shots, which I could have never done without the help and skill of my driver/partner Bruno.
As luck would have it, not only did I get some cool shots, I got two cover shots, both in the span of 11 seconds!
Just for good measure, here is one more that was also published on May 28, 2013!