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Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet by Ibarionex Perello, Vincent Laforet

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Chapter 11. Seeing and Using Light

A lone horse grazes at sunset in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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On August 14, 2003, New York City experienced the largest blackout in U.S. history. I was on the beat that day, and all the traffic lights were out. It was pure gridlock within minutes.

I drove against traffic for a few minutes and gave up, because it was not only dangerous, but also kind of pointless. I called my editor.

“I need to get in a helicopter, and I’d really like to get a shot of the New York skyline silhouetted against the sunset.”

“Sorry, Vince,” he said. “We can’t put you up in a helicopter every time you ...

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