I recently trooped it out to Flushing Meadow Park during a stormy night with hopes that the weather would cooperate enough to photograph the Queens Museum. Upon arriving and scouting the location for a few minutes, an upset security guard was not happy to see me for some reason. He yelled, "What are you doing?!" repeatedly, as I walked towards him to assure him that I was only there to appreciate and photograph the design of the museum. He then said "You need to back away... you are being recorded on camera right now". To which I said, "Ok that's fine and fair to be honest" in a typical smart-ass New Yorker type of way as I walked back to my camera undeterred. Why do some security guards treat photographers with such distain? Would I have been seen as a threat if I was taking photos with a smartphone? Should I be treated unfairly because I demand image quality that even the mighty iPhone can't produce?! lol
But I digress, another road block was soon to appear when I realized I forgot my camera mounting plate as I began to set up my gear. #%&$! (trust me it's better that I don't quote myself here 😉 ). So I fashioned a semi-level platform by wrapping the top of my tripod with a microfiber cloth I usually carry around. This worked somewhat, but I would essentially have to hand hold the camera since the balance was very front heavy with the monster tilt shift lens attached. Luckily my nerves were pretty steady up to about a 6 second shutter as the rain hit me in the face because I would no longer have a free hand to hold my umbrella. Finally I was ready to start shooting!
Hope you enjoy the results, let me know in the comments below! And if you have family, friends or loved ones that work in the security field, please let them know I'm a good guy and mean them no harm. Give them a hug too if they look stressed out.