“…pick something, anything – It’s up to You.”
—Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: It’s up to you…
Ahhhh, breathing room. A challenge where I can pick a subject from a list of possibilities, and I choose: Random.
I am very familiar with random, much of my life’s experiences are based on it; more so than with planning, premeditation and following rules— but those are topics for another time.
Last week we were up on the West Main Cable of the GGB when a small helicopter flew over us. My partner and I watched it as we made our way up the cable to replace the lamp in Cable Light #2 West. I looked at my watch and realized that a mutual friend of ours was supposed to be taking photos of a ship from a helicopter about this time of day. I mentioned this fact as we finished our ascent and caught our breath before working on the light fixture.
We watched the helicopter as it moved around the gathering fog bank. The more it positioned itself at various heights and distances from the fog, the more certain I became that we were watching Wild Bill getting ready to take some photos.
As if to answer the question in our minds, the long, low, deep sound of a ship’s fog horn bellowed out a warning. That’s it! That’s gotta be the ship, that’s gotta be Bill!! We finished replacing the lamp and waited for the ship to emerge from the mist.
What happened next was an aerial ballet as the helicopter darted and hovered, ascended and banked into new positions. I tried to imagine what was going on in the aircraft as Wild Bill directed the pilot in a constantly moving attempt to get the right light, the best angle and the correct exposure of a ship in a sea of fog.
I took a few photos of the scene before us and the one below will give you an idea of what it looked like to a spectator. The tiny black speck above, and to the right, of the small boat is the helicopter. Enjoy.
Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, Camera+ app, edits made in Snapseed.