This is an outtake from a couple of weeks ago covering the grand opening of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser.
Grand openings, ribbon cuttings and other ceremonies are purposely designed to generate media coverage and thus present a challenge for photographers to come up with interesting but informative images. Every other person, whether they work for a newspaper, wine magazine or whatever, seemed to have a camera.
I didn’t get this guy’s name but I admire his choice in shooting position. The event was set up in a courtyard with little air movement. Most spectators huddled with me in the shade of the building toward one side of the patio trying to stay cool.
This clever shutter bug used the shade of one of the event banners as a sun shield and shot toward the crowd that watched the speaker. I borrowed his spot shortly after taking this frame. Not only was it shaded, it was outside the courtyard and exposed to a comfortable breeze.
I didn’t end up using any pictures taken from that side but I’ll have to remember how this guy thinks. There are still quite a few hot days ahead of me this summer.