One of the dangers of photography is to become blind to familiar scenes we see every day. After months or years, we no longer look at the things around us, but glance and keep on going. I've been dropping off my wife and picking her up at the Starbucks she works at part time in old town Pasadena. She's the den mother for a whole gaggle of young people who sometimes slip and call her "Mom." She can't do any of the heavy work at Starbucks, but when it comes up, one of the young people steps right in and takes it on so smoothly no one seems to notice.
I have seen the area near this Starbucks so many times, I have to remind myself this a good place to look for that special picture. My Nikon Coolpix 510 is the camera I always dreamed of. After carrying two cameras and a forty pound camera bag for half a century, the Coolpix does everything that huge pile of gear did, but it does it faster and better. I stood in front of Starbucks and zoomed out to about eight hundred millimeters and scanned the line of back lit cars going down Colorado boulevard to the Norton Simon museum at the end of the street and the Rodin's statue of "The Thinker" sitting on the lawn as though contemplating the traffic and wishing it were time again for annual New Years day Rose parade.
I saw new pictures again through the glare and dramatic light and took quite a few shots. I finished shooting only because my thirty two gigabyte memory card was filled up at three thousand and eight pictures.
Tags: Landscape and travel
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