Dad's right; there's so much to see and so much to do, and boy, is it ever so easy to whine about being bored. To whine that you need to travel to get some cool pictures; that your own "backyard" has nothing to offer.
I spent a good deal of May finishing up a photo class - finding diagonals, taking portraits, figuring out aperature and shutter speed, the last two, in particular, being a completely foreign language to me.
So, at first, when I looked at May's photos, I thought that these really didn't come from my heart; that, instead, they came from an assignment. And, like any typical assignment, it was something I had to do versus what I wanted to do.
But, this shot jumped out at me. I love the circular bits to it, from the arc of the wheel to the tiny nuts and bolts. I loev the play of the curve against the straight lines. I love the bold graphic look to it.
I have to laugh when I think about taking this shot on Alexandria, VA's waterfront...an area filled with folks from all over; an area teeming with life and fun. And, in the midst of it, there's this middle aged woman, cheerfully taking photos of benches, bicycle wheels, and birds, much to the amazement of some folks plopped on this benches, as they caught their breath. They just couldn't figure it out...gorgeous boats, colorful buildings and pennants, history at their feet....and this woman is taking pictures of a bike's wheel. Go figure...
Phil and I had such a good time that day - beautiful sunshine and benches that overlooked the water. Boats pulling in and out; ice cream to savor, and all of it, on my way home from work - just a 5 minute drive from school.
Dad was right; there was so much to see, and my assignment had me zeroing in on things I would have otherwise missed.
So, a curve of a wheel and some bricks captured my delight and my imagination, and I had a great deal of fun doing my homework!