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I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 232: Night Shot At SU

There is a reason why I took this picture and later today, or more likely, this evening, I'll try to find time to tell it.
An old Chinese proverb says it is better to be three hours early thn one minute late. Well I try to follow that principle when it comes to photography jobs. Often times when I am to cover a specific event I find that I can make interesting pictures before the event begins. A good example is parades. I always show up early for parades and begin making photographs before the parade and continue shooting through the parade. So last night I was to photograph a candle light vigil at Syracuse University for the Post-Standard . It was to take place at 8:00PM. Fine. I get there at 7:00. I meet and chat with a couple of the organizers. Well, as I hung around a bit it soon became apparent that there were no photos to be made prior to the event. So I just walked around the campus trying to kill some time until I saw some activity. In situations like this I just start looking through the camera and taking some snaps, just out of boredom. It was dark. So that made it interesting to try some night exposures. I love night photography. The world is different then. I made numerous shots of the scene presented here and settled on this one to post. My whole reason for shooting it was to kill time, to experiment and practice some night time exposures. Is the photo worth anything? I don't know. In the old days it would be tough to find a place to publish such photos. Thanks to the inernet I can at least share it here. Potentially with the World.

So this is one of photos I made at the event. The vigil was sponsored by the Remembrance Scholars for the 35 SU students that were killed in Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, December 21, 1988. The event is part of Remembrance Week at the school. There's more at
Flight 103 Victims official home page.

"To me...music exists to elevate us as far as possible above everyday life." ~Gabriel Faure, (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher.

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