Rule number 1: Always stay for the entire assignment when I can.
Obviously sometimes I cannot be at an assignment for the entirety of the event because I have other assignments I need to go and cover. But if it is my only assignment of the day or my last, and deadlines allow I do not leave an assignment.
Arrive early, leave late. This was the case for a high school baseball game I was out covering recently. Often times a writer will tell me that it isn't necessary to stay the length of a game. This case was no different, they were just looking for some good stock images for the two teams they did not have any file art for.
It was cold, it was raining, honestly it was pretty miserable. The athletes and coaches were freezing and ready to get home. All the pieces were in place for an easy choice to head home.
Luckily, I stayed. Come the 6th inning the sunlight began to scream through a break in the clouds and created beautiful light.
My first thought, get as high up as possible. I found a nearby bleacher and climbed to the top. Unfortunately is only just high enough to get me over the fence, not exactly what I was hoping for, but it worked.
I decided to work the nice light and start exposing only for the highlights. Letting everything else drop to black.
The result was a nice, high graphic image of the pitcher. A friendly reminder for me to always wait it out, in the grossest and coldest days, images are always to be made.
Until next time, take care!