I’m taking a break today from the Farm Thingie series, because the image I took yesterday of the whole contraption was HORRIBLE. Completely out of focus and headed immediately for the recycle bin. When I take photos at the office, I prefer to do it when the office is completely empty, or at least with the boss and CFO gone, but even after work last night the office was still full of people. I’m very self-conscious of taking photos in front of other people – I always wonder what they are thinking. Anyway, I only got one shot off, in low light, with no flash and the ISO not set quite high enough. And I moved.
So instead I’m posting this image of a perfect stranger who graciously allowed me to take his photo. Last week, while I was getting my pickup’s oil changed, this interesting fellow seated nearby in the waiting area said hello and struck up a brief conversation. With an inspiring post in mind that I had recently read on the Shutter Sister’s website, written by Sarah Ji and entitled Carpe Diem, I decided to seize the day, as it were. I got out my camera and started getting some shots of the gumball machine while I worked up the courage to ask him if I could take his photo. Because of Sarah’s post, I did ask – that is not something that I would normally do, but he was friendly so what the heck. After a couple minutes of conversation about why and what would I do with it, he agreed. I snapped one image and one image only and showed it to him for his approval. He seemed pleased. He’ll never see it beyond what he saw on the LCD screen on the back of my camera, but he knows it is out here on the world wide web somewhere. And I never got his name.