Every once in a while, things come together unexpectedly in small ways. I say in small ways because, after all, creating an image that I like is not like curing cancer. But, sometimes, just every once in a while, something happens that gives me hope.
I don’t know what for, exactly. There’s the hope that maybe I can capture images that matter to me. There’s the hope that life will have more moments of stunning beauty and the joy of witnessing them. And then there’s the hope that life is really about these moments and none of the other crap really matters.
On this particular day, the three of us were loaded in our mini van. Me in the front passenger seat, Pat driving, and Tisen riding in the back with Lion (or maybe it was ‘Possum?). As we made our way to the Rice Boxx to pick up dinner (side note: the food is decent, but if you judge chinese food by the quality of the fortunes in their fortune cookies, steer clear), I looked up and saw the most amazing clouds in the sky. They were the fluffiest, most interestingly lit clouds I can remember. Of course, the time to see the most interesting clouds is not when you’re in a car on your way to pick up dinner and camera-less.
This is the part where things just came together. We got dinner and went home and when I looked out the window, I saw an enormous ray popping through the clouds going straight up. I had to choose between trying to capture an image that might last the rest of my life and eating a hot dinner that would last about 10 minutes. It was an easy decision.
I grabbed my camera, tripod, an extra lens, and headed up to the roof. I found a neighbor up there, already enjoying the sky. She had her back to the sun rays coming through the clouds, enjoying the puffy clouds–although they were somewhat less puffy now. Like me, she really enjoys unwinding on the roof. Unlike me, she didn’t bring a camera.
While I set up and started shooting, she and I talked. I managed to set up and get at least one image I’m happy with (well, at least on my monitor) and get to know a little about my neighbor at the same time. This might be a new milestone for me.
One of the things I’ve discovered about my 5D Mark III that was a nice surprise is its built-in level. I can push a button and it displays a level on the LCD. Having discovered that I view the world at a tilt, this is an awesome feature for me. Especially when shooting in Chattanooga–there are no straight lines on the horizon to line up with.
Returning to finish my dinner, I discovered Tisen was not at all interested in the clouds–only in getting comfortable on the couch.