Last week I was hired by The New York Times to drive from Miami to the South West corner of Florida and provide photographic coverage of the approaching Tropical Storm Isaac. Because the Republican Party was holding it’s National convention in the city of Tampa during the same days the storm was scheduled to pass by there was a small possibility the event would be affected thus turning it into a bigger story.
I drove out in the morning, the storm was supposed to brush my area of coverage in the afternoon. Nothing really happened. There was some flooding, some tree branches down, several hundred residents lost power temporarily. Luckily, in that region, there were no reports of deaths, although the storm was responsible for several fatalities in the Caribbean.
On day two of my coverage, Isaac kept moving away towards Louisiana, where it hit as a category 1 hurricane, I was pretty sure the Times would just tell me to go home. I ate breakfast and drove a few miles to the pier in Naples. There were a bunch of surfers riding the 2-3 footers kicked up by the passing storm. I shot mostly w/my iPhone convinced the paper wouldn’t need me. I had already left a voice mail and email w/the assigning editor. Lucky for me, I had carried a 5d2 and a couple of small lenses (a 16-35 2.8L and a 50mm 1.4) with me to the pier. I snapped a few frames w/it to cover myself in case the Times wanted photos.
I left the pier after a little while and I get the call from the editor telling me they wanted some photos. I drove a little up the coast and found some flooding scenes and general clean up art. The Times ended up running a photo I shot from the pier that I shot w/my 5d2.
Here are the iPhone photos I did not send the New York Times.