Last week I went to Castle Donnington near East Midland's Airport to photograph the UK's biggest roof-mounted solar panel array on the roof of Marks and Spencer distribution centre.
More than 24,000 panels spread across the building's roof - which is the same size as 11 football pitches. Anyway it sounded like a straight forward job. So I set off with reflectors and light weight studio lights, my plan was to get the sun on the clients back and fill in with studio flash to get either a dramatic stormy sky or travel brochure blue one. A nice man from M&S led the way up an internal ladder toward the roof, when he opened the hatch water cascaded onto us, I felt like I was getting out of a submarine. It was absolutely chucking it down, windy and cold.
You can't be a professional photographer in the UK for 25 years without learning how to deal with our climate. So we went for a cuppa, and as soon as it eased we did a 5 minute shoot and dashed back in for cover. The point of my tale is that when things don't go to plan it's good to have an experienced safe pair of hands to save the day. With a little bit of photoshop I got the sky looking respectable and every one was happy.