30 Minutes, 27 Seconds – Santa Ship

The annual visit of the Bellingham Lions Santa Ship lasted all of 30 minutes and 27 seconds for me. I know this is an odd way to look at an event but it brought up an interesting discussion about the photography profession a few days ago.

Many photography jobs are dictated by a particular length of time for one reason or another. Professional sports all have certain parameters for instance; 60 minutes of playing in football and hockey or 9 innings of baseball. Other events have a very different time constraint, whether it’s a 15 minute wedding ceremony, 5 minutes of sun before the clouds roll in or in the case of the Santa Ship, the time of the ships arrival and my time of departure for another job.

As a photographer we need to go into these time periods with a clear idea of what we want to accomplish and how to go about it very efficiently. Fortunately for me I had been to the Santa Ship a number of times before and had a good idea of what to expect. Other jobs are not quite as easy however. Generally before shooting I try to learn as much as possible about the situation, a place where the internet has proven valuable time and time again.

Thirty minutes and 27 seconds produced 214 photographs. The Santa Ship gallery contains 26 photographs.

Santa Ship, Hope Bay, North Pender Island

Santa Ship, Hope Bay, North Pender Island

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