Intro by Skip Cohen
I got the email below from good buddy Lou Jones the other day and I loved it. I've even shared it with you in the E.E. Cummings stye he wrote it in. Lou's definitely an artist...and an author too!
He was in Chicago to photograph the Little League World Champions, but Mother Nature had her own idea of baseball. She threw him nothing but curveballs with some incredible fog.
Stay tuned, more images coming! This is going to be a two-part guest post. We'll be sharing the images he did get and how he improvised, once the images are released for publication. A big thanks to Lou's right hand on this assignment, Mike DeStefano, who sent me the image below.
There's a terrific lesson here...think about your biggest assignment, the one you loved doing, the one you felt was a signature for the way you'd always love to work. Now, think about what would have happened if something went totally wrong. What if your camera died on you? What if your flash just wouldn't sync? What if the subject was ill? What if there was a fire at the event location and you had to move? What if all your gear was stolen? What if YOU didn't feel good?
Seriously, take the time to think through each question and then always have a backup plan.
One of the things that makes a photographer like Lou, truly great, is knowing what to do when you have to implement "Plan B"...things don't always go the way you thought they would.
Lou Jones should definitely be on your radar, check out his site and if you see him scheduled to be speaking anywhere on planet earth, run, don't walk to get a seat! You'll never be disappointed.
dateline chicago by lou jones
sinatra sang "my kind of town..." and sandburg cited "city of the big shoulders"...
bad weather has been plaguing us for the last seven weeks
pain & snow
here we are socked in by fog
sandburg also declared it "comes on little cat feet"
across the street i cant see the top of the hancock building, but holiday parties are visible through the lower windows
we're here to photograph little league world champions having the biggest parade ever follow them through the streets
they carried the weight of USA on their small shoulders last summer