By woolybill1
It was bound to happen one day.

I mean, you stand in a High Street after dark with an expensive camera and a long lens on a tripod, minding your own business and chatting politely with numerous passers-by: a young Community Support Officer anxious to ensure that you're using a long enough exposure, elderly ladies who are merely anxious, noisy youths wanting you to take a picture of them for the local paper (although the local nick would probably be more interested .....) and even a sequinned trio of teenage girls, all dressed in sparkly tops and glittery tights; one of the girls says pertly "Are you a professional, then? Well I've got a camera - it's a big one!" and proceeds to open a LowePro shoulder bag to display a Canon EOS 5D before exiting party-wards, giggling with her chums. . .

. . . Anyway, you're mulling all these events over, still minding your own business of course, when a battered Renault Clio veers suddenly across the road and takes a swipe at you . . . .

Needless to say, the Clio stopped five metres away. And Moira chose V2, taken from the other side of the street, for our projected 2013 Calendar!

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Action Long exposure Light trail Humour and fun

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frz67 11 10 32 Italy
28 Dec 2011 10:12AM
no chance, everytime I plan a picture there's always something going wrong! Grin
I like all those lights lines though

SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
28 Dec 2011 10:31AM
Great shots. V1 looks like something out of Ghostbusters. Fun story too. Smile
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
28 Dec 2011 10:43AM
Sounds as if you had a rather hazardous time, but the result is quite impressive.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
28 Dec 2011 10:48AM
Certainly has the Ghostbuster feel to it Bill, like it
Regards Richard
28 Dec 2011 11:01AM
Marvellous dynamics in this Bill, you couldn't have planned a shot any better than this. I take it you're at the cash machine/video hire or the pizza place? Probably a bit scary too.

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
28 Dec 2011 11:03AM
Good festive shots Bill,and a festive tale of woe from you too.
However,I feel a festive shot of these glittery tights you are talking about,
would have been an admirable addition to the festivities here !!
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
28 Dec 2011 11:20AM
Those lights were heading your way Bill, it must have been worrying for a moment or two. - gary
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 11:25AM
biug smile here ,,,, thankyou
like the images as a bonus
Joline Plus
15 35 59 United States
28 Dec 2011 12:04PM
Hair raising evening!!!
V2 is really quite lovely...I can see why Moira chose it.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 12:31PM
Bit of an evening but really worth the effort Bill.

About five months ago I had my SlR mounted on a monopod in Cardiff City Centre. I was doing one of my "people walking past posters thing" when a woman approached me and whispered, "go on you can tell me who the celebrity is you're waiting for and I won't tell anyone!"

I smiled at her and said nothing. She then said "it's Prince Charles isn't it" before walking away shouting to some people across the road whom I assumed to be friends, "lets hang around girls, Prince Charles is coming!"

I made a sharp exit!

tony64 17 204 9 England
28 Dec 2011 1:17PM
Well, I'm pleased your still alive to tell the tale!
Think I'd have to agree with Mick's comments too!Wink
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
28 Dec 2011 1:33PM
All turned out well in the end. You got these great shots and we are all enjoying them........Sandy
imagio 14 12 1 England
28 Dec 2011 1:44PM
Nice bit of light painting Bill
KingBee Plus
15 553 2 Scotland
28 Dec 2011 2:56PM
I like v1, Bill, for the 'eyeball-to-eyeball' aspect. I think I'd have done a runner before he got anywhere near as close.

Kind regards.

buxton 13 England
28 Dec 2011 3:57PM
Hair raising evening, i'd have to go with V1.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
28 Dec 2011 5:06PM
Not something I've ever tried, but two great captures, Bill Wink Hope you had a great Christmas Smile
Trev Smile
jonwebber 13 4 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 5:27PM
V1, by a few metres. Both rather wonderful, as was your patience. 'Helpful' and 'passersby' are two words that rarely fit together when armed with a camera.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 Dec 2011 11:10PM
I like the light trails and bright colours made by the Christmas lights in these night shots. It's a good job you didn't attempt to snap those young girls you may have had to talk yourself out of a tight situation had the community support officer spotted you!Wink
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
31 Dec 2011 12:11AM
One to remember but two is for me thanks,


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