I could see this shot start coming together in my head. I just needed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to not walk any closer to the row of disk blade hubs.
Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds toured Bennett Machine & Fabricating, Inc., in Anamosa on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Branstad and Reynolds visited 10 manufacturing companies across the state to commemorate National Manufacturing Week. The photos from these types of tours are pretty passive. Dignitaries looking at machinery. Dignitaries looking at finished products. Dignitaries looking at computer screens.
I already had a “safe” picture that I was happy with so I took a chance.
I quickly walked ahead of the tour group to the row of hubs. I prefocused the lens to the distance I thought Branstad would be as he passed the openings through the hubs. Then, I put the camera in the bin containing the hubs, cocked my wrist to the angle I thought with provide the best framing and fired the shutter. I shot 29 frames.
Out of those 29 frames, I had only a few where Branstad was turned in my direction and most of his head was visible. The one frame I chose just have a better “feel” compositionally. I showed the frame to a woman on the tour that gave me an inquisitive look while I was taking the photo. She nodded her head in approval.