After a long first day back from a week’s vacation, I look up from my work and see it’s pitch dark both inside and out. I look at the clock. It’s 7PM. Rain streaks the glass on the windows. I pause long enough to wonder how long it’s been dark and raining without me noticing.
I realize I haven’t thawed Tisen’s dinner yet. I dump some frozen nuggets into his bowl and set them out to thaw. Twiggy, visiting for a few days, dances at my feet, her butt wiggling back and forth with the force of her wag. Tisen jumps at me. Both are impatient to go out.
I put Tisen’s rain jacket on (he hates to walk in the rain) but he won’t hold still while I zip it. After the 3rd attempt, Tisen is zipped in and I grab the leashes, checking the poop bag holder to make sure there are at least 2 bags. I grab an extra roll just in case. Then, I head out into the dark leaning back against the leashes like a water skier.
As we walk around the park, I think of what I want to shoot tonight. I decide I should take advantage of the rain and see if I can capture rain drops. This is something I have failed at so many times that I have no problem failing once more.
But this time, I am armed with a flash.
Back home, full of optimism, I walk out onto the balcony, attach the flash, position a reflective wrap to bounce the flash, find something to focus on, and take a test shot. Nothing.
I decide it’s not raining hard enough and sit down to wait. My glass of wine makes the time pass. The rain picks up and I try again. I try focusing close and far. Repositioning the reflective wrap and shooting without it. I get a few shots that have some white dots in them. Nothing very exciting.
I try another round, this time, including out-of-focus street lights to add a background. I manage to get a few more dots and I kind of like the blurred balls of colored light. Not exactly what I was going for, though.
The rain slows and I look for something else interesting to try. I decide to try panning with passing cars to see what I get. This is just good fun. Don’t ask me why I have so much fun creating completely bizarre images that really don’t work well, but I do. I particularly like the one shot of the car crossing the Market Street bridge off in the distance. Maybe it’s the blurred Christmas lights in the foreground that I like so much?
I am reminded of a photography workshop where the instructor talked about how at least one thing must be in focus for a shot to work. He’s probably right.