Wednesday, January 15, 2014

That's Why They Call 'Em Warning Lights

I Brake for Photo Ops
I Brake for Photo Ops

Do you ever just want it?  A photo?  Do you ever turn around the car to go get it?  I do.  For a long time I've challenged myself to say "snap" out loud or silently inside my head when I pass by a scene I see that would make a great photo IF ONLY I had my camera with me or the time to stop (usually the later).

What is it, that intuition that says "I want that"?  I don't know.  There are many times when I have to force myself to find something, anything to make a photo.  But there are those other beautiful times when "boom" photographic blessings hit.  Either while driving or out walking about I try to answer that call.

Here are some.

Walker BW 63/365
Walker BW



Hot Dog Vendor 126/365
The Hot Dog Vendor

Open Studio 120/365
Open Studio

Order and Chaos BW 91/365
Order and Chaos BW

Three BW 128/365
Three BW

I am really pleased with this last image.  I was driving over the little bridge between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, saw it and said "that's a photo"....turned around, parked, and sure enough my intuition was spot on.



Anita Johnson said...

I am going to use the snap thing starting today. Brilliant! I have asked my husband to "Stop! Slowdown! to get a shot (and that doesn't always go over to well) and I have turned around or backed up where it probably isn't the safest thing to do. SNAP! Thank you...

Kathryn said...

I love how you listen to that intuition and get some pretty amazing shots in the process. Love that you should snap too . . . I should start doing that although I think my husband might think I've gone a little crazy. :0)

James said...

More often than not I say "darn that would make a great photo" as I drive by. You've got the right idea and it shows. Great shots!

Adrienne said...

Great choices to stop and snap here! I love the notion of mentally stopping, even if I can't physically stop!

Adrienne said...

And I agree with you about that third shot - I'd frame it and hang it if it were mine!!

Carol Blackburn said...

Great shots Susan. Yes I listen to that intuition and often just in time because the day after I get the shot I've been looking at for days, the subject is removed and I got it on the last day it was there. It happens on those days when I turn the car around and go back for the shot. I am always glad I did. :) Hope you are enjoying our January thaw. It reminds me of Spring today.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could/would do this. Most often I just keep driving, while being sad that I'm on the road and therefore "can't" take the photo. I'm glad you listen to yourself! That last one is really special.

gina said...

Isn't it amazing how something calls out to us and we feel that connection? Somedays seem to be filled with those moments, and other times, when I am out with my camera, nothing. Wish I could figure out why.

I love the sunflower image, and, of course, the yellow door. You last image is the winner in this collection -- just magical!

Kay L. Davies said...

This reminds me of traveling in Australia with a very annoying man.
Me: "Michael, Michael, stop the car, I want to get a picture of that house back there."
Michael: "No. I don't go back. I believe in going forward."
On our way home from that trip through Queensland in Michael's car, my little brother and I stopped in Sydney, and saw a play at the Opera House. It was called "The Perfectionist" — Robbie and I laughed more often and much louder than anyone else because it could have been about Michael, it really could. We laughed and laughed and laughed, all annoyance forgotten.
I'm glad you stop for pictures.
Although 21 years apart in age, Robbie and were both raised to stop for photo ops whenever possible. Dad and Mom believed it was the right thing to do.
Luv, K

Sarah Huizenga said...

You know the struggles I have with this, but I since I have made a day for turning around and getting the shot I feel so much better about the ones that I can't get. That last one is stunning.

Kathy McB said...

Okay...I've gotta say I totally enthralled with that hot dog vendor shot! Love how you focused in on the hands...and the steam wafting upwards. Brilliant!

Linda R said...

Amazing shots. That last shot needs to be framed. It's Beautiful. I have turned around a couple of times.. But I wish I would do it more.


Tamar SB said...

That's a photo indeed - you have such an amazing eye!

Cathy H. said...

I'm so glad you take the time to stop and grab the shot! These are are amazing! I love those frozen sunflowers! They remind me of street lamps. I've done some "out the moving car not driving of course" but I rarely stop. It's that little fear in me of being seen. I need to be more spontaneous!

bgottsab said...

How lucky we are to be the visual recipients of that "snap" in your head - the photographic visions which made it into actual photographs. Love the uniqueness of them all - as well as your continued work with black and white. Love the mystery of the mist in "Three", the steam in the "Hot Dog Vendor" - captured plying his craft. Those lovely open yellow doors - a welcome invitation. The wintry bleakness of those three sunflowers and the lone walker, literally,one with the landscape. A wondrous series - you are so inspiring.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Never follow my when driving, I stop randomly. I just hate it when there's no place to pull over. I agree, that last one is to die for.

Leanne Barnett said...

Beautiful! I also seem to always notice photographic moments & stop when i can- although it's not always convenient.
My husband has started doing it too- he was away recently & said he thought of me when composing his iphone shot- it was a beauty too!

Love your sunflowers & Three BW

Stephanie said...

I frame everything in my mind's eye. It drives me nuts!

Deborah Tisch said...

You are an amazing photographer. 'Nuf said.