By: pbcmedia

Dec 12 2008

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Category: anxiety, Creativity, Money and Art, Personal Development, PHOTO BLOGGING, Photography


Focal Length:100mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

Well, baby, it’s raining outside and how!

Third day.  Today it’s raining so hard that it sounds like sleet.  Wait.  It is sleet.  I must be on the rain/sleet line.

Whatever.  It’s been raining so long I’m now into portrait photography in the rain behind my wheel.

The good thing?  I won’t have to get a model release.

The bad news?

Who would want it?

The car is waiting for me, my camera bag and robin’s egg blue Maine rubber slicker that gives me the senior Darth Vader look.  Chic.

I am a sight to behold.  My neighbors who don’t know me must think I’m a forensic photographer called out to photograph traffic accidents caused by the bad weather.

The stock market appears ready to take another dive today.  The apocalypse, weather wise, already appears to be here.  My  63 year old anxiety multi-layer cake has all the ingredients to explode in the oven.

But, I feel this crazy flicker of hope as I don my slicker.  My attitude is a creative battle every day, and that war I am winning.  Not because my output is anymore definite than the features of this pedestrian but because I’m out, in the frame not the margins, every day going out and stalking the ordinary.  Some days, like the past two, stalking in a robin’s egg blue slicker.

My latest shots are zooming while stopping or starting for a stoplight.  C’mon, isn’t that why the invented a zoom lens?

I call them my “hope” shots as in hope I don’t get in an accident shots.

I’ll post some later.

©Pat Coakley 2008


3 comments on “Pedestrian”

  1. We are getting snow here. More than they prognosticated. And I still have to go to work. Ugh!

  2. We were warned of ice last night, but it was 62 degrees when at midnight. Weird. I am not mad about the warmth. The torrents of rain would have been un-navigatable if it were colder & icy. As it was, there was too much rain to try taking pictures. I do have my limits :)

    This shot seems to imply doom for that pedestrian. The three eyed vehicle (which is probably lights of some sort? not belonging to a car?) seems to have its eyes on this weathered walker.

    I would love to see your Darth vader shot… As long as you add a sound clip of you saying, “Luke, I am your father.”


  3. Tysdaddy, Well, things do change as I’ve just come in from taking photographs of a spectacular sunset! The storm is leaving behind some cosmic beauty. Snow driving? Ugh! is right.

    Conni, I am glad you have your limits! It’s funny you should mention “doom” for this shot as I wrote a post distinctly darker and then decided I needed (for me) to focus on the feeling of hope that I do have amidst all the darkness. So, yes, you are right. I think it does have that suggestion. Luke, I am your father. So very funny.
    Stay tuned.

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