Taking this shot was a bit of an ordeal. First let me say, the Salk Institute has an awesome photography policy… Take as many pictures as you want so long as you don’t use models, props, flashes or cand don’t interfere with any of the ongoing research or other Institute functions. They also open the gates relatively early (6am). With that being said, when I arrived it was completely empty except for a random researcher flying by with an armful of important looking papers. However, just when I was ready to set up the cleaning lady showed up and plopped her mop and bucket right in front of me (can’t have a dirty plaza!). Then another photog showed up. With a model. Then a jogger. Then some random lady on her phone. All of them walking in front of the camera. All while the light was perfect.
So I waited. Jogger left, cell phone lady could be cloned out, cleaner finished (finally… She was thorough!). Photographer and model? Security swept in and gave them the boot after his first shutter click. Very efficient.