Where: Los Angeles, CA
I was in the new United Club at LAX on the top level of the airport. It has great views of the tarmac from an outdoor viewing deck. The deck is at the very far end of the club and it was like having my own condo at the airport as no one was around. By carefully pressing the end of my lens against the glass I could avoid reflections and flare, but the dilemma was seeing this beautiful raking light with nothing of interest I could compose.
It was about 6:45am and my frustration was building with the lack of subject matter when I received a text from one of my bosses asking, “What are you doing by yourself way over by that far window”. Turns out he was there for a different early AM flight. So I’m looking around but the club is so large I can’t see him, but then noticed a construction worker making his way across the tarmac and possibly into a spot where I could make a picture. I’m right eyed so I kept my left eye open to see the path of the construction worker and be ready if he entered frame left. I kept my right eye on the light, exposure and focus as I had to go manual to avoid front focusing on the glass.
I’m not great at action stuff, but fortunately the weight of the beam on the shoulder of the construction worker slowed him down where I could squeeze off an exposure right as the beam and the guide line for plane gate parking created an X.