Balancing daylight, God bless America
During the strip search project, I was outside of Las Vegas and I had finished doing a couple of landscapes out there and I was on the way in. And it was about 3:30 in the afternoon and I passed a large neon sign. And you couldn't really see it very well because it was still sunlight and you couldn't see the sign very well but I did see that it said "God bless America". And the letters God and Bless and America were against a blowing American flag And this was at the time of and of course there was a lot of patriotism across America, so here was a neon sign that probably was advertising a casino that was switched on to something much more patriotic, which was of course fine. But in noticing that sign, I thought "that is interesting". I double checked the sun position, I had them stop the vehicle and double check the sun position. And I said let's drive out here again round about 5:30 in two hours time. So I went into Vegas, did some other shots there and then we drove ...
out at 5: with a sunset that was going to be round about seven. So, I knew that that sign, some point had to hit a magic point. Where you had a sky with something in it. And Vegas a lot of the time you get of course sunsets. So the sky had something in it that was interesting and at the same time the neon began to read as neon. So I set up an 8 by 10 camera that was my weapon of choice there. And I set that up, and just simply waited another half an hour or so and then began to shoot at the three words God and then bless and then America on three separate plates. And then continued to do the three separate plates so the background always matched in case I wanted in the end to do a triptych. In the end I opted for a single shot of the God sign not a triptych. There was just something nice with the American flag and the word God written across it. And then of course in the Vegas desert and the fact that it was a neon sign. So, my point about this for students is driving down the road in the middle of the day make sure you're not chatting with your assistant or chatting with your partner or listening to the radio or if you are driving of course you do have to pay attention to the road, but stay keep looking at all times. I'm afraid there is no easy way of doing that. You just have to keep switched on. It's again and again the same advice. Because I just caught a glimpse of this sign and in fact and the word that I saw right away was America not God and then I had them pull over and then I can walk back to have a look at the sign. So you have to, I'm surprised sometimes with photographers, that I would have thought almost any photographer in the world if he's a real, real photographer would've wanted to get a picture of that. I mean you know but all photographers, what makes photography tremendous all photographers are different. (funky music)