There are times when absolutely nothing goes as expected. But sometimes it is when embracing the unknown that one creates the best work!
This is an image I had planned with Jacquelyn Nicolle for a while. And then, three week-ends in a row... it rained. So we rescheduled.
Finally, when the rain paused towards the end of the last Sunday before the deadline, we took our chance. I came to the location with a set of 12 balloons, which I tied what I thought was solidly to a bar stool I had brought with me. What had to happen happened, and as soon as I turned my back to the balloons, they went for their freedom. All I could do was drop my arms, and watch these balloons getting smaller and smaller in the sky. The day was already too late for getting new ones.
But let's resume. We settles up at the perfect location: a small wooden path in the middle of the reeds. Unfortunately, someone else must have seen these balloons taking flight, because within minutes, we had a ranger stop by, looking at my tripod, stand and umbrella and asking:
- Are you a professional photographer?
- No I am not, I am an amateur shooting for a contest"
- You look awfully professional to me!
I guess I can take that as a compliment. but regardless, he requested us to move. This was a place to photograph birds. Professional photographers taking images of people must be such a hazard to pedestrian traffic! I did not argue that the girl I was about to photograph was going to fly as well!
So finally, we found this location, somewhat out of sight, along a road with a closed fence, that would have required the ranger to step out of his car... And we finally got our shot.
But what an adventure! And I am glad we made the best of it!