The Reward for Devotion
I want to share with you the story behind one of my all-time favorite pictures.
When I set out on my beach trip I had no idea I would be taking the photo that would land me my first contract. Ha! I didn't even know I would be taking any good photos to begin with! I pretty much assumed I would have a fantastic drive along the coast with maybe a few fun shots, nothing spectacular.
So here I am with two other photographers, pacing back and forth, trying to find the 'right' spot to capture the sunset. I settled for the shot that included a sand dollar in the foreground. I spent a good amount of time making sure the shot was framed perfectly with the camera at least four inches above the sand. At last the sunset was getting pretty good, so I turn on my camera - and - no memory card! I left it in my laptop the night before along with my spare!
In a moment of panicked desperation I asked the photographer next to me to watch my stuff while I bolted. I sprinted the half-mile to and from my car, slapped the memory card into the camera, and shot away. I was so happy. With the sunset getting really good there was nothing to do but lay with my belly on the sand and keep clicking away. It hadn't occurred to me yet, but I was beginning to realize the tide was not going out. It was actually coming into the shore, fast. I couldn't let that stop me though.
The tide swept in and out at a pretty even pace for a while, only getting close to me on a few occasions. Finally though, as I was capturing this with my eye up to the view finder, I saw the wave that was coming to wreck me. It shot towards me at a rapid speed, so I held my finger down on the shutter and prayed the camera didn't get wet. It didn't! On the other hand, I did not get away so clean. Drenched from head to toe in stinky seawater, I dragged myself off the sand and took a look at the picture. Unbelievable!