News photography is not always crash and turn shooting and editing, or shooting in extreme weather, dangerous locations, and sad or somber situations. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, " and I'm getting paid for this?"
Today was one of those days for photographers, Armando Hernandez and Tony Buttitta. They were fortunate enough to be sent out with our Fun and Food expert Mar Yvette to experience the wonders of the migrating Gray whales that travel from Alaska to the warm and fertile waters of Cabo San Lucas. What a day! My first thought was "I'm sure we'll be lucky to see one maybe two sightings on our excursion, but no sooner had we hit the outside of the breakwater in Dana Point Harbor, we heard from one of the passengers " 11 o'clock, I see a spout!" And sure enough in the distance, there they were. A pod of three Gray whales as they headed South toward Baja. What a magnificent sight. For photographer Armando Hernandez it was an amazing opportunity to provide live coverage for our Good Day LA audience of the whales as they came up out of the water sounding and showing their fluke as they took a breath and headed back into the ocean. We spent about 3 hours chasing this pod as they seemingly played around us. What an experience. And I thought I had seen it all in my 35 years as a photographer and a News manager.
It just goes to show that we never cease to experience the wonders of life be it good or bad. In good or bad weather and in extreme or comfortable circumstances. The life of a News photographer has its moments. And I will be the first to say, this was definitely one of those for our crew and reporter. And we get paid for this. What a business!