THIS is why I love photography!

I saw this fellow while I was driving around after my planned twilight shoot.  He heard me coming and turned directly towards me.  I was mesmerized by his curiosity. Another weekend, another horse friend!  "Horse with fly mask" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

I saw this fellow while I was driving around after my planned twilight shoot.  He heard me coming and turned directly towards me.  I was mesmerized by his curiosity. Another weekend, another horse friend!  "Horse with fly mask" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

Plans change...

I had another post all ready to go for today.  It was so ready that I had not done any editing for the last three days!

But...then I went out for my usual Saturday Morning Photoshoot for the Insomniac.

I had a plan.  Our small town has been doing some refurbishing and installed lovely "turn of the century" types of street lights along Main Street.

I wanted to get some black and white shots of the "new look".

These are the lovely new lights.  All today's photos of Main Street were taken with the Lens Baby 56mm Velvet.  Oh, I do so love that lens.  "Hobbs Hardware" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2015, Thurmont MD.

These are the lovely new lights.  All today's photos of Main Street were taken with the Lens Baby 56mm Velvet.  Oh, I do so love that lens.  "Hobbs Hardware" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2015, Thurmont MD.

There is an absolute serenity between 4:30 a.m. and when the sun finally comes up.  I revel in that serenity.  Everything feels safe, calm, authentic.  And all that goodness is accompanied by the chorus of birdsong.

The owner of this truck was surprised to see me squatting down with my tripod next to his truck. Can you imagine?  You mosey out your front door to go to work and there is some silver haired woman wearing a flashing vest squatting next to your truck!  "Truck view of Main Street" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.

The owner of this truck was surprised to see me squatting down with my tripod next to his truck. Can you imagine?  You mosey out your front door to go to work and there is some silver haired woman wearing a flashing vest squatting next to your truck!  "Truck view of Main Street" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.

I keep the view screen of my camera set to monochrome so I can see tonalities.  With each snap of the shutter I was getting more and more excited because I KNEW I was getting good stuff in black and white!
 

Yes, I was standing in the middle of the street. "Main Street Thurmont" (C) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.

Yes, I was standing in the middle of the street. "Main Street Thurmont" (C) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.

What is so very cool is the Catoctin Mountains border our little town.  It appears the road will take you straight into the mountains. 

Occasionally, a car would come down the road in the midst of the shutter being open.  You can just make out the headlights of a car going through the intersection - it's that long horizontal streak - in the photo above.

This was a 13 second shot.  I managed to catch the traffic light changing colors during that 13 seconds!  What fun! "Time lapse traffic light" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.  

This was a 13 second shot.  I managed to catch the traffic light changing colors during that 13 seconds!  What fun! "Time lapse traffic light" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Thurmont, MD.

 

This was my last shot on Main Street as the light was getting brighter than I wanted.  Standing in the middle of the street (again) I could see the lights of a car coming up behind me.

Fortunately, the driver saw my fluorescent vest and slowed "waaaayyyy" down.

(I tell you all about my special vest in the free guide "5 Tools You Need")

I was getting antsy, urging my camera, "come on, come on".  As soon as the shutter clicked shut, I grabbed the camera and raced back to the sidewalk.

Let me be clear here, I wasn't in any danger. I just did not want the driver to be any more inconvenienced than necessary.

Moving on...

It was still very early and the sun had not yet made its full entrance, so I just let The Voice in My Head direct me. (Surely, you have The Voice in Your Head?)

"Turn left, here"

"Turn right, here."

"Go straight"

And we (me and The Voice in My Head) ended up here!

This is a lovely farm and the owners have spent a lot of time designing the open spaces for tranquility. "Creek with Cattails" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

This is a lovely farm and the owners have spent a lot of time designing the open spaces for tranquility. "Creek with Cattails" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

"Little Bridge" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

"Little Bridge" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Graceham, MD.

And, I finished off the morning's trek with the photo of the horse at the top of this post.

You can see the progression of the sunrise through the last three photos - it was time to head home.

I was so darned excited about the photos I was tingling all over and bouncy with excitement. 

Potential disaster... or at least disappointment

Once at home, I popped the memory card out of the A6000 that I used for the last 3 photos.  As I looked at the card slot on the back of my computer - "NoooooooOOOOOOOooooo" - the internal yet deeply guttural cri du coeur howled within me.

In the slot was the memory card from my Nikon. I had downloaded photos the previous day and forgotten to put the card back in the camera. 

Swaaaack! That was the sound of my palm smacking my forehead...

Of course, this was the very camera I had used for all those exciting black and white shots.

Fortunately, those smart people at Nikon had the foresight to make the D7100 with double memory card slots!

YES! (Insert Happy Tippy-Toe dance here.)

My black and white shots were saved on the second card. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...)

Wrapping Up

This morning trek contained everything I love about photography;

  • beautiful subjects,
  • the exquisite company of nature,
  • challenging light,
  • the flow of creativity,
  • and a vision of the life my soul gets to see and share. 
  • And, yes, even gratitude for double memory card slots.

My excitement about these photos displaced a blog post about why "You will NEVER be paid what you're worth!" (Don't worry, it ends well!)

I'll just tuck that post away for some other Sunday in the coming weeks.

Until next week...Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure. (Even a forgotten memory card)

Rebecca

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