It had been three weeks since I picked up my camera. Frankly, I was going crazy. I had spent the last few weeks looking for subjects and creating profiles on photography websites. "Hey, come let me take photos for you!" No luck yet.
By Sunday evening I had enough. I may not have people, but at least I have a sky and some trees, right? I got on Google and found a nice place to photograph at sunset in the mountains, but it required a 40-minute drive followed by a four-mile hike. Of course it did. I had maybe 90 minutes of sunlight left. Some people say you don't have to go far to take a good photograph. Those people don't live in my neighborhood.
Yet, with each passing minute I became more impatient. I grabbed my camera. "Carly, I going out to take one photo. If I let this weekend pass without taking one photo, I'm going to lose it."
I got in my car and began driving toward our little historic downtown area, hoping I would see something that I hadn't seen before. That's when the rain started.
People (the same ones who live in eclectic neighborhoods) also say that when the weather gets bad, that's when you go out with your camera. As an aside, people say a lot of things that sound great in theory, but are often full of shit in practice. Pardon the language.
I sat in my car as the rain fell. I was parked in front of a restaurant that used to be an old train station. The front was decorated with strings of light. Background lights in photos can be nice. When shooting at shallow depths of field, they can create a wonderful bokah effect. I grabbed my camera, focused on my windshield and snapped a photo. Hmm, not bad.
I drove around stopping in front of different buildings and cars, looking for different lights, and taking photos. Once, I knew what I was looking for, I tried a little storytelling (excuse the pretentiousness - it sounded awful the moment I wrote it). In total, I captured eight photos that were worth editing. I think the photograph above turned out to be my favorite. Below are two others that I think have an interesting quality to them. Somewhat ironically, one of them I took in my neighborhood. Go figure.