Upload & Sell: Off
Jeff W. wrote:
I guess I see it another way Jay. We all generally bring our best tools with us on a shoot. Some simply can afford more and better tools than others. I think the luck part is simply the dynamics of shooting a static subject on the ground from a moving airplane at a low AGL, not every frame is going to be a keeper. To me it looks like this rig allows the photographer and pilot to collaborate and craft precisely the image desired. Sometimes I bet that does not reveal itself until they have made several passes.
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Dear Jeff et al...
Perhaps my analysis was colored by the term "crap-ton"
My intent was to take nothing away from the results, however, my impression from watching the "making of" video was that the photographer wasn't really sure exactly what he wanted to get and seemed oddly grateful to have tripped over at least a portion of what he captured. I got the feeling that he was admitting he was (to some degree) dependent on the pilot and was just along for the ride happily snapping away. To a degree, his attitude struck me as almost "apologetic" for being fortunate enough to snag that assignment (or to have found a sugar daddy to pay the freight.)
The telling comment, to me, was his mention of the word "serendipity" and that left me feeling as if the photographer was expressing the notion that he "lucked" into at least some of what he shot. Of course, we all "fall" into certain shots from time to time and that's where much of the joy comes from in this crazy activity called photography but most of my luck comes on a tank of auto gas and isn't being generated by a project that costs cubic dollars.
I don't mean he should come off like a certain former wildlife shooter (who shall remain nameless), but there's no reason to not "own" your project. It's one thing to wallow in obscurity, but it's another to damn yourself with faint praise.
I dunno. Maybe I need to go watch it again...