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New Years Eve, Sunset

By Aldo Panzieri
They say that for men the mind is the second thing that goes. All woman know what the fist one is. I have more trash in my pouch than Paris Hiltons love life. One of the things in there is my wife's camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix sardine can camera, the S600. It's several years old, so it only has ten megapixels, which at one time was state of the art. The lens which is tiny is razor sharp. I usually carry my own Coolpix 510, which is my dream camera. After fifty one years making a living with a forty five pound camera bag over my shoulder, I have a tiny bit of photographic heaven in a pouch on my belt next to Mount Trashmore my other pouch. The 510 has me ALMOST as excited as when I saw Halle Berry in a James Bond movie coming out of the water in a tiny bikini. I hear they shot that scene fifteen times, lucky SOB's!

I was at the local convenience store getting an enormous diet Coke Zero. At this age it's about the most exciting event in my daily life. The sun was at the horizon. I pulled out my wife's camera because I had left mine at home another thrill for an old geezers memory. I started shooting an abstract consisting of the street light a bare winter branch, and a wispy cloud. The flash went off which I did not want, but when I tried to turn it off my mind was vacant as most conservative American politicians. This has happened before as I rush around the house looking for my spare memory card which is in my hand.

I was photographing my nieces wedding on the cliffs above Laguna Beach. The light was soft and beautiful because of a light fog rolling in from the ocean. No fill-in flash needed. Suddenly the sun, harsh and glaring broke through. I was having a cold sweat. I could not remember how to turn on a fill in flash. I tried to avoid taking any pictures until it came back to me, but everyone was lining up for the group shot which were on a LONG LIST. it came back to me) pardon a bad pun, IN A FLASH. by this time there were ten really crappy pictures on the memory card. Luckily, the wedding group was not too choosey, and also made me wonder if that fact had anything to do with why they wanted me to shoot the wedding, other than I did it for free.

In any case, this time I remembered in only four minutes. There was still light in the sky, thank goodness! I think it's a good abstract, and there is nothing more to my zipper up...Oh, DAMN!

Tags: Sunset Specialist and abstract

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ColleenA Plus
5 340 5 Australia
2 Jan 2014 11:22AM
Aldo you are so funny....great captureGrinGrin

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vickyf 11 8 8 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 4:05PM
Love the capture, love the write up. I am one of those people lugging around an slr & heavy lenses while my husband skips along happily with his Olympus - grrSmile

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