Most of the time when I go to shoot a newspaper assignment, it is my only focus. I think about the possible situation on the way there, what I need from the assignment and what I hope to get. Once there, I dive into the situation with full focus.
Every now and then though I find myself distracted by a more photogenic situation. Such was the case last year while I was on assignment with a volunteer Vail police officer. As we drove through Vail village looking for minor traffic infractions, saw the full moon rising over the Gore Range which was light up by alpen glow. I insisted that my subject pull over and park illegally (is it illegal if they are the law, I doubt it) so I could get a photo of it.
This situation happened again last night in Gypsum whilst photographing a local high school soccer game. Knowing the team wasn’t the best and was expected to lose, I found my attention drifting away from the field and instead to the surrounding sunset, cloud formations and flocks of ducks flying over. Thankfully the sun set eventually and I pulled my focus back to the game, where upon my team began to score.
I love the spontaneity of photography. Often we are looking for photos and yet more often than not I feel the best photos happen when you least expect it.