Last week I scheduled myself to head out and do some location scouting. It’s something I’m always eager to do, but struggle to find the time. Luckily, nothing pressing came up to take away of the plan, so I headed out in search of new spots to use for upcoming shoots.
The image above is of my car at one of the prospective locations. I usually use my iPhone to snap reference photos to use later when I’m considering where to shoot a car. But while I was stretching my legs and having a closer look at the area, I decided to pull out the DSLR and a strobe to shoot the Family Wagon. Unfortunately, while packing my gear after the photo, my butterfingers hands from my youth showed themselves, and I dropped my strobe breaking the flash tube. It was one of those moments where I knew things were about to go bad, but it was too late before I could react the head of the strobe had been taken over by gravity’s pull and was hurdling to the asphalt.
Even with a broken strobe, the few hours I had to scout were a success. I came away with a selection of new locations I look forward to using shortly. At times, it can be stressful when a scheduled shoot is approaching, and I don’t have a spot nailed down – I find using the same location over and over again becomes quite mundane.
I’ve now made scheduling time for proper location scouting a priority through the year – hopefully with less gear damage.
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www.jasonmanchester.com – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester