Tonight I was scheduled to photograph a magazine cover for a client. I had to coordinate the schedule of three people, block off part of a rural city street, schedule to have a fire truck and police vehicle as props. Driving to the location I see the storms gathering in the distance. I was getting nervous. I scouted the location the night before and knew there was a chance for storms this night, but it was difficult getting the scheduling done for all these subjects and my client’s deadline was fast approaching, so I hoped we would get lucky with the weather. And dramatic weather often makes for excellent pictures.
But as I set up my metal light stands on a city sidewalk under an awning, I could see the rain and lighting approaching. I was all set up and ready when my subjects arrived, but by now it was starting a light sprinkle and lightning was flashing all around. I was not too wild about standing on a tall metal ladder, moving metal light stands around, and shooting with bolts of lighting flashing across the sky less than a mile away. I knew it would only take 5 minutes for the shoot, but it would take less than a second for a lighting bolt to flash out of the sky and ruin everyone’s day.
I talked to my subjects and they were all understanding. We probably would have been able to pull off the shoot without incident, but I wasn’t too happy with the odds so we postponed for a few days until we could all get together for the shoot again. Now we are going to be really pushing up against our deadline but I think we can still make this work.