As I was taking some photos of a building today, a woman came out of a door that I just shot and said “may I ask what are you taking pictures for?”
I replied, matter of factly, “it’s for an art project!”
She stared back blankly, followed by a brief silence and then muttered “Hmm……..OK.”
I use the “art project” reply whenever I’m asked what I am doing or when I am asking to take photos. It seems to stump people and they usually have no recourse but to say “OK”.
Just a little anecdote from my day. And speaking of my day, besides a rainy mess and being stuck in limbo in Charleston waiting to see if the weather is going to mess up work for one day or three, I shot some photos as the day progressed, always thinking my usual thought that I just need to get something shot in case I don’t get any chances later. And seeing that the weather was so lousy, I really didn’t feel like shooting much anyhow. But I managed to get a few somewhat interesting photos during the day and I chose one of the last things I shot for my 365 photo. I thought I would practice some night shooting since I rarely do any and I’ll probably won’t have much chance to do any daylight shooting next week because of work.
I am also going to show some shots I took during the day in reverse order just to show my thought processes. When I took each shot I thought that it would make a decent daily photo and if I didn’t take anything else that would be fine. Then I would find something else later and then that shot would be my daily. Repeat. I do this quite often when I don’t have any clear cut subject or vision. Sometimes the last photo I take becomes my daily and some days the first ends up being the best. I don’t know which of these photos is the best, they could all be a 365 shot in my opinion, but I kind of like them all and I wanted to share them. All with Pentax K20D, DA17-70, DA 55-300.
I like this color version also
Prior to taking the above photos I stopped at a Best Buy after an early dinner just to waste some time. It was almost dark and still raining but I saw this tree in the parking lot and parked beside it and grabbed a few photos of the berries (if that’s what they are) before it got too dark. I did a texture treatment on this photo but decided it was too similar to yesterdays photo, at least in execution.
Earlier in the day I shot this red stairway. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the red or the textures. This was where I was asked what I was doing.
And finally (first?) I started the day with a photo of raindrops on the windshield of my truck, parked in the motel lot with the lights of a Cracker Barrel adding the highlights. I shoot raindrops too often so I knew I had to find something else but at least I had this as a backup!
By the way, I do read and appreciate everyone’s comments. Knowing there are people out there that enjoy my work makes me work that much harder. But I also have a “day” job and it has an unpredictable schedule along with taking me out of town on occasion. So I end up reading most of the comments on my phone and respond to some of them but I find cellphone typing awkward so I don’t overdo it. When I get home I like to catch up on replies as well as visiting as many blogs as I can.