We made it to another Photo Friday! Whew. Has this been a long week for you? Because it’s been a really long week for me. As much as I loved having that whole week off at Thanksgiving, I almost think I would have really rather just had a couple of days off and then been back at it. That’s always a battle I wage in my head – would I rather work straight through or do I need the respite of the break? I suppose it’s not really a battle because it’s not like I have any control over it anyway, but I think about it. Because why not?
Sunday night before I headed back to work, I was feeling the weight of anxiety. This year has been difficult, which has led to a greater tendency towards anxiety. One of the ways that I’m dealing with my anxiety issues is through a combination of meditation and action. The action is usually to head out and take some photos. Knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to sleep until I manged to deal with my anxiety, I jumped up right at sunset. Kissing Sweet Husband goodbye, I walked out to spend about an hour and a half shooting at the Broadwater.
Unfortunately in this instance, photography didn’t ease my anxiety. Most of the time, being out with my camera (or to be honest, even without it – just in general) by myself, I don’t worry too much about my safety or whether someone could be a threat. Before I allow myself to get absorbed in what I’m doing, I check the scene out and decide to leave or be cautious. This time, I looked around, didn’t feel threatened, and got to work setting up my gear. A guy saw me and started talking to me about cell phone cameras. Nothing to be alarmed at as I got my camera attached to the tripod.
As I framed this shot and checked my exposure settings, I felt a sharp pressure on my shoulder and there was a voice in my ear asking me if I was getting good shots. I whipped around, almost knocking over my tripod.
It was the guy with the cell phone. Digging his chin into my shoulder.
I stuttered something about not getting the exposure settings right, told him he was making me uncomfortable, and picked up my gear to move quickly away from him.
I moved to a place where there a few other people – another photographer and several men fishing. With them in view, I felt safer.
I never quite got comfortable, but I also couldn’t stop shooting. The colors Sunday night were just incredible. It was really one of those moments when you look around, shake your head, and ask, “Is this real?” These kinds of colors can’t possibly really occur in nature, can they? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and yes Jen, our skies do turn these magnificent, vibrant colors.
I don’t know if you can tell it in these shots, but the wind was horrendous. We had a front blowing through Sunday night, promising to bring severe weather. Because it was dark, I was working with longer exposure photography, but the wind was literally shaking my camera. Some of the distortion that I was seeing in the photos was almost comical.
When it came time to finally pack it in because the wind was just too ridiculous, I had a long debate with myself about how safe I felt walking the incredibly long distance to my car or whether I was going ask the other photographer if he wouldn’t mind making sure I got to my car safely. In the end, despite a few halting steps towards my car, my fear of the cellphone creeper made me turn around and ask for some assistance.
As I approached him, he looked up and noticed that we have the exact same tripod, commenting on it. After a little bit of chitchat about how amazing the colors were that evening, I asked him if he would mind watching as I walked to my car. I told him what had happened earlier, and he very gallantly offered to walk me to my car. I’d felt a little paranoid in being afraid to walk to my car by myself, but I certainly appreciate the young man understanding. It was a huge relief. (and just as a follow-up, the cell phone creeper was no where to be found. I don’t know if I needed to be that cautious, but when a man feels comfortable invading my space in the dark in that way, being cautious is warranted)
Outside of the dark clouds and weather this week, the light has been incredible. My morning captures have been beautiful, and I’ve had fun with the sunset as well. I don’t want to bore you with too many sunsets and sunrises, but follow me on Instagram and you can see them there.
We’ve got a busy weekend planned, and I hope you do as well. There should be some photo-taking opportunities included in it as well. What do you have on tap?
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank you for joining us this week! I love getting to see what you have for us each week, and I know that your fellow photographer bloggers appreciate it when you comment on their posts. I’ve said it many times, but one of the great things about our link-up is the community and the way you support each other. Please remember to visit at least two other participants after you’ve left your link.
Last week our most viewed link was from Stephanie at In Her Lens.
Indah Nuria of My Purple World who shared a grey morning in Geneve submitted our final link. As always, if you missed some of the photos shared later in the weekend, consider taking a look. There are always some amazing posts shared!
Now it’s time for this week’s link-up! Remember – make sure you visit at least two other posts.