Making Your Own Luck

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My assignment was to shoot the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Saturday. When I saw surfboard shaper Tanner Praire of Costa Mesa doing a demonstration I knew that he would be a good subject. I shot him working for a while and I noticed that he would occasionally pick up the board from the ends, either front or back, to check the smoothness and the lines of the board. I thought that it would make for a good photo, switched to a telephoto lens, and positioned myself so that he would be looking directly at me when he did it. But, the next time, he didn't pick it up. This time he left the board where it was and bent over to look at the stringer, which is a strip of strengthening material, usually wood, that runs through the center of the foam board. When he squinted and closed one eye, I knew I had my shot(which I really, really like). At first I thought that I was lucky to get a shot like this, I was just at the right place at the right time. But, after I thought about it, I realized that I put myself in the right place at the right time. 

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