Another rainy day, another rainy day project. Now you get to guess what it is. And NO, I’m not tagging it with descriptors of how I did it. No fair.
What a great day for a triathlon! The FCPRD hosted the second annual youth triathlon this morning and I think it was a big success. I figured, at the beginning of the year, that if I wasn’t going to race this year that I would at least remain as connected to the sport as possible. And shooting all sorts of races from Ironman distance to local youth tri’s is how I’m doing it. Many more images to follow (and video at some point).
UPDATE: Photo gallery
AKA Valley Mill Road in Winchester. My wife actually drives this road every day and suggested we stop on the way back from a shoot today. Glad we did. Gonna make a point of going back to see if I can get a fully fanned out peacock image. BTW, Have you ever heard a peacock’s call? I thought it was a cat in some major distress. It caught me completely off guard. But now I know. My wife says it sounds like they’re screaming “help!”
“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
– Willie Nelson
I’m kinda getting into this whole bird-watching thing. I get why people do it.
“I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums.”
– Steven Wright
So here’s a lesson in patience. I’ve started a project within this year-long project. Who knows where it’s gonna go, but I’m giving it a try.
Bird-watching. More like bird-waiting.
I just set it up today. Hopefully this goes somewhere.
Everybody’s going to have their slumps. Whatever you’re into, you’re gonna have a slump. I had recently slipped into my own slump and wasn’t actually shooting anything new there for a while. Wasn’t pushing my creativeness at all. Until I found this rainy-day project. The hard part wasn’t the slump (it, too, shall pass). It wasn’t the lighting or the set up. It wasn’t any of those things.
The hardest part?
Choosing my favorites.
“Shame on you if you chose to stay inside if your day resembled anything like this.”
– Shaun Galang
Always Stop and Take The Picture
These days I don’t turn down many opportunities to shoot. It was a nice day and the clouds were just right and, like always, I had my cameras with me.
I have to ask – are all you other photographers as crazy about organizing your equipment as I am? It seems like every few months I reorganize and switch to a different style of case. I’ve got shoulder bags, backpacks, waist packs, photo belts, lens pouches and hard cases and my equipment lives in all of them at some time or another. I’m getting better about what I take to a shoot though. Nowadays, I typically take almost everything I own, but then transfer only what I need to a smaller bag for the actual shoot. Crazy, I know. Thanks goodness I have a touch of OCD otherwise this stuff would get lost in a heartbeat.
Come on, who else is like this? I just have to have my stuff organized.
I had to call 911 today. And not the kind of call where you’re driving by an accident well after it’s happened and you call just to make sure they know about it. I was the actual first responder. Now, I understand that this kind of thing happens all the time. I’m not naive. This is the first time, however, that it’s really ever happened to me. I’ve seen accidents and been involved in an accident (dislocated my elbow in a wrestling match in high school), but I’ve never actually been the one on the phone with the 911 operator taking instructions until the real first responders arrive.
I didn’t even really realize what was happening at first, but before I knew it I had my phone out and was head-long into a conversation with the operator. Holy crap! And all those things I learned in all the first aid/CPR classes I’ve taken came rushing right back (and in the proper order, too). I was pretty happy about that.
When it was all said and done, though, I had some thoughts on the situation:
- All I can think of now is “how is she doing?”
- There needs to be a quick-dial emergency option on the iPhone (or any smart phone for that matter). So many features and apps can be buried inside a smartphone these days so it would be nice to have that option if, and when, you need it.
- Perhaps some sort of option for the person who calls 911 so they can decompress afterwards. There’s no way that the situation I saw today was the worst it gets so I’m sure that some people who call 911 could use someone to talk to afterwards – considering how pumped up I was.
- That part in the movies and TV shows where somebody inevitably shouts to the crowd of people “back up, give her some space,” that’s pretty accurate.
- How’s she doing?
And there had to be at least somebody on scene who looked up and thought “now who’s that insensitive jerk who’s taking the picture?” That’s my therapy I suppose.
Cab is a shortening of cabriolet, reflecting the design of the carriage. It replaced the hackney carriage as a vehicle for hire; with the introduction of clockwork mechanical taximeters to measure fares, the name became taxicab.
You’re gonna use this piece of information in a conversation some day. Winning!
No words. I have no words. Technically speaking, however, this is a 1,000 word essay, right?
That would be how many days until our last high school graduation, but who’s counting? Oh, that’s right, our daughter is.
“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.”
– Robert Orben
I’m certainly in a position where the saying “use it or lose it” plays a huge factor. This blog, if anything, is helping me stay sharp and practice my craft. Every once in a while I get the urge to do something a little “wonky” with my images – just for fun. Enjoy.
“Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.”
– Leo Durocher
Right Place/Right Time
“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
– Ansel Adams
And so it begins. The last couple of weeks before my daughter is high school senior. The one thing she’s really looking forward to is the senior cafeteria. I’ve walked by this space countless number of times and never really knew what it was. According to my wife (and anybody who attended Handley High School pre-21st Century), this space used to be classrooms. Hopefully I’ll be allowed to roam through the hallways this summer and shoot more of this building – I’ve always wanted to.
A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
– George William Curtis