So, yesterday I was working in San Francisco on a new feature project with a seasoned and respected DP. It was my first time meeting him and it was going to be light lifting i.e. grading a simple camera test. I'll be grading dailies for him for the next 25 days. Since I'm grading all the dailies in Resolve Studio my plan was to use the Resolve system for the test. But, when the Decklink mysteriously wouldn't work and time not on our side it became apparent we had to resort to Plan B, use the Lustre. I've only ever used a Lustre once for half a day about 5 years ago so I was a bit nervous about working on a system as intimidating as the Lustre for practically the first time with a DP I've never met. Luckily, I had some great support and we got the material in the system properly (not as easy on Lustre as is on practically any other system). I then had about an hour and a half to ask a few questions and get acquainted with the interface and I must say there were some really great things about Lustre that I liked a lot! It may not be the most intuitive software to dive into but even in a short time I was able to get comfortable enough to do everything the DP asked and the session went great. I fully intend to put more time in on the system and get comfortable with it. But what I really took away from yesterday's experience is that sometimes when you are out of your comfort zone and thrust into a tricky scenario you can learn a lot about yourself and how you handle adversity. And it's a good reminder that you should always continue to learn and try new ways of working even if it means you need to be thrown into the fire.