I couldn’t resist shooting this. It’s a direct copy of a photo by my new favorite photographer, Vivian Maier. But since I couldn’t find anything else, I decided to use it as a tribute to her.
I saw this girl sweeping the entrance to Sugar’s Ribs today and instantly knew she’d be my Snapshot of the Day. But I did not want her to go back inside before I got her photo, so I quickly did a meter reading for the shade and then lifted my camera and shot. I had no idea what I got. I just lucked up getting those two people reflected in the door’s window.
Sugar’s has great food. My husband and I have had several date nights there.
This is Buehler’s Food Market on Market Street downtown. Close to Panera and Taco Mac. I LOVE going in here because it reminds me of shopping with my mother at the M&J when I was a kid. It even has that same grocery store smell you just don’t get with modern stores today.
It has a real friendly feel to it, too. Everyone seems to know each other – there was a lot of laughter coming from the different isles.
I loved this corner of the store. I stole a photo when I THOUGHT no one was watching. It looks like I got busted by the man on the right. At least he has a smile on his face.
Cooper’s Office Supply on Cherry Street had some great reflections in their widows today. So! I stood there – focused and ready for someone to walk by.
And I waited.
So I strolled out onto the sidewalk and noticed no one in sight. I looked for another photo of the day opportunity when this guy headed in my direction. I hurried back to my spot just in time for the shot.
I left work to run an errand today and stumbled across a really cool restaurant called Elemental. As I was walking by, I noticed while looking through the window that it had lots of really cool design elements inside. I had originally thought it was a store and coffee house; but as I walked in, the hostess asked me if she could help me.
Ahhhh…. “Yes!” I said. “May I get a cup of coffee….. to go?”
Busted. All I wanted to do was take my snapshot of the day. Crap on a cracker. Well, it was cold outside. Coffee would be good. But I thought to myself, “Hmmm. This looks like it is an expensive place. I wonder how much this photo is going to cost me.
I was taken to the bar, and as the bartender was getting my coffee ready, I struck up a conversation with him about the restaurant. Apparently everything is natural – food and drinks. They even serve Mexican Cokes. And you know what that means! Pure sugar vs. Corn Sugar. They are a lot better.
Anyway, the coffee ended up being $2.79. It was a small to-go cup, too. But it was quite possibly the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. It was REALLY good. I wish I could say the same thing about the photo, but I was slightly paranoid being in there with a camera. I may go back for lunch or dinner and take my camera – to give me an excuse to be in there.
At the risk of getting hit by a car, I decided to pull over to shoot a photo of this bridge. Lots of people pull off the road here to fish, so I thought I’d be relatively safe – sort of. I am usually the one who shakes my head whenever I drive by all of the parked cars. But it was just going to take a minute…….
I waited a bit in hopes a train would come across the bridge. I even heard a train whistle. But the longer I waited, the darker it was getting, so I took it and got back in my car.
But it also seemed to symbolize the newspaper industry’s demise in general. At least in print form. Gone with the wind, so to speak.
Not having much time left on my stroll through the Fort Wood neighborhood, I settled on shooting this tricycle. I was annoyed by the sign in the yard being too close to the trike – until I actually read what it said. Then I laughed. I’m sure intruders are not too intimidated by the warning.
As usual, I only had a few minutes today to find my one “snapshot of the day.” And because my rule is I only get one shot at whatever I decide to take a photo of, it makes my few minutes seem even shorter. However, the goal of this project is to make me less complacent about what I am taking photos of, as well as to make me a better shooter. And although I’ve only been at it for 35 days, I can already see improvement in both areas – even though it may not always show here. I cringe at some photos I have to post, but they just make me more determined to do a better job the next day.
I shot over 100 photos yesterday on my day off. I was really excited about a lot of them and feel I am starting to get back into the photography groove again. After not shooting consistently for several years, one tends to get rusty.
Anyway, as I was saying – I only had a few minutes to find something today. It was too cold to walk around outside, so the solution was this stairwell at our back door. I did have to wait a few minutes for someone to open the door to make it more interesting. If ONLY someone had been coming down the stairs at the same time! Now that would have been a great shot. Too bad for me.
Thanks for looking!