In March of 2014 Scott & I were romping our dogs at a large park in Naples when we spotted a drone circling overhead. I was only carrying a wide angle lens but was able to fire off a couple of shots, not thinking they would be any good.
In my blog (“The Drone”) I made light of the encounter in an Orwellian “big brother” way.
Imagine my surprise when a year later the Vice President of the drone manufacturing company tracked me down! I thought my days were surely numbered but his request turned out to be benign.
Hi Ops John,
You took an amazing photo of one of our Drones, and was wondering if we could use it for some posters?
Can you respond to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I sent Clint a high-resolution image free of charge and even removed the logo. I have done that before with a request from Glacier National Park to use one of my pictures of a grizzly mom and her cubs.
Equally amazing, however, is the comment from a viewer of a random street shot I took of three musicians in St. Petersburg.
Great pic! The drummer is my husband.
There have been other coincidences, too – comments from relatives of deceased friends I wrote tributes about, for example.
Big Brother? Why, Google, of course!