Conditioned response

September 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I haven't been practicing my camera hobby too much lately. It's been busy, I've been tired, it's hot out etc... Plus I am in a bit of a creative slump about what to shoot.  In the ebbs and flows of a lifelong hobby, I am in an ebb it seems.  

So today I took a backroad into old Sterling and came across this little scene with the birds gathering on the guide wire for a power pole. Now nobody goes down t his road. It's a dead end, and the only thing down there is an old Ruritan club. I pulled my car on the side and got out to shoot, and as soon as I framed the shot, I see a Sherriff car heading toward me down the road. 

I snapped the shutter and my conditioned response was to put the camera down to my side and wait/watch.  As the cop came past me, I waved and he went right past, probably to go have a break or take a leak at the Ruritan club. ( Like I said, nobody is down there ). 

What bugs me now, when looking at what I have to show, is that I didn't have the presence of mind to hold the frame and snap again as  the cop got closer and closer. I believe now, it would have made the shot more interesting.  But that moment passed me by totally, because, in this day and age, cops and people with cameras are more and more at odds.  I've been stopped before and questioned for doing much the same thing on other roads and in other places. So I have been rather quickly conditioned to stop what I am doing when I see a cop approaching. 

I'll chalk this one up to experience and maybe, just maybe, next time I will keep my concentration on what I am doing and let the cop worry about any potential encounter. As you can see, my response was pointless because this particular LEO didn't see me as a potential terrorist, and he went about his day. 

On another quick note, I like the square-ish aspect ratio this image wound up being cropped to. I think I'll investigate that some more. 


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