A photographer from a well know national magazine was assigned to cover
the fires at Yellowstone National Park. The magazine wanted to show some
of the heroic work of the fire fighters as they battled the blaze.
When the photographer arrived, he realized that the smoke was so thick
that it would seriously impede or make it impossible for him to photograph
anything from ground level. He requested permission to rent a plane and
take photos from the air. His request was approved and arrangements were
made. He was told to report to a nearby airport where a plane would be
waiting for him.
He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate. He
jumped in with his bag and shouted, "Let's go!" The pilot swung the little
plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the air.
The photographer said, "Fly over the park and make two or three low passes
so I can take some pictures."
"Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I am a photographer," he responded, "and
photographers take photographs."
The pilot was silent for a moment; finally he stammered, "You mean you're
not the flight instructor?"