Find It. See It. Shoot It.
“Jay Maisel always says to bring your camera, ‘cause it’s tough to take a picture without it.” ~ Joe McNally
Man, I drive myself crazy sometimes.
Leaving the house and not having a camera with me is akin to walking out without my pants on.
Embarrassing. And not just because everyone could see my Scooby Doo boxer shorts.
Even though my Blackberry has a camera in it, that doesn’t count to me. My Blackberry is a last resort. I could probably draw a better picture than the BBerry can take. In a super pinch, maybe it works.
In the pocket. On the truck seat next to me. At least in the bag behind the passenger seat, easy access.
Because if they aren’t, I don’t get the shot that leads off this post.
I see it in my head, but I can’t shoot it.
I blow it.
And it becomes like an itch that can’t be scratched. Just burns inside me.
Here’s how hit happened: The other evening, driving home from work, I’m about seven minutes from the driveway. I’m on the backroads, driving through Upper Monmouth County farmland.
I pass this farm. I look right, and see a scene out my passenger-side window, which is down. The itch starts.
I drive about a quarter of mile up, swear softly ’cause now I’m going to be later for dinner. I swing around, splashing through a puddle of mud, reach over and grab the 50D.
I flick it on. It’s AV at ISO 500 -1 or 2 EV, wide open. That’s my typical. It’s usually always on that setting when I turn it on. I know what I’m getting right and away and work it from there. But that’s usually the start.
I pull back around. Impossibly, he’s still there, hasn’t moved. Now he’s on my window side. I raise the camera, and yell up to him:
“Hey, how are ya? Can I take your picture?”
Sure, go ahead, he yells back.
It’s how I wanted it. The sun is above and behind him, to my left slightly. Before I turned around, I saw this – it would be in B&W, a silhouette. I wanted the tractor. The pose. The hat.
That’s what I saw in the blink of my mind’s eye about 90 seconds or so earlier.
I checked my rearview (I’m stopped in the middle of my lane) – no cars, yet – raise my 50D. I fire off one, two…he puts the tractor in gear and begins to roll off. He is working, after all. The pose has changed, the hat has moved.
I fire off one more.
But the itch has been scratched. Pretty sure I got it.
Later, I check the frames out.
I did. I got it.
Here’s the last frame I made, in color. I like it.
But not as much as the B&W version. That’s what I saw.
Yep…gotta have the camera with you.
Find It. See It. Shoot It.
That’s all there is, really.
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