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In the Shadows

In the Shadows

In the Shadows

When shooting this image I needed to choose between exposing for the shadows or the highlights. I chose to expose for the highlights. By choosing to expose for the highlights, half the image is in the dark shadows, giving the image a feel of mystery. However, I was not expecting  what I felt when seeing this image on my monitor. The shadows seemed to be the only thing I could focus on. It asks the questions: What is in the shadows?

Here’s one answer to that question. The arrow is pointing my heart towards the shadows. Within those shadows are life’s risks, the unknown, my doubts, fears, insecurities and my wounds.

For years I told myself, and believed, I was not good enough to be a photographer, or writer or whatever else I dreamed of pursuing. Always in those shadows were the desires and dreams to be more, a voice whispering in my soul.

We only venture into into the shadows when we listen to the inner voice, and with whatever courage and faith we have, discover what’s there. If you were to step into the shadows of this image you would find a recessed door to the back of a restaurant. For me the door symbolizes the opening to new opportunities, more doors.

Yes, walking into dark shadows can be frightening to me. It requires a risk and accepting all the many lessons to be learned. Lessons improve my craft, build confidence and encourage me to venture into even more shadows.

I just may have to go back and shoot this image to expose for the shadows. Could be another lesson. 🙂

“We all have the dark, ignorant shadow inside us. I have worked endlessly to reveal it and heal it in me.” Anne Lamott

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Lunch Special

It does sound good

I Suspect They’re a Bronco Fan

I did not watch the Super Bowl, just not that interested in it. However, Colorado does have a few Bronco fans as you can tell in the above sign. As, I rode the bus yesterday I could not believe how many orange and blue clothing people owned. Enjoy your week.

Posted in Cityscapes/Urban

Today's Special

Today’s Special

The sun is shinning this morning! Clouds moved in on Friday and snow began that night and continued until Sunday night. I scrapped off a half inch of ice with 6 inches of snow on top of that. Temperature dropped into the single digits during the night and will be cold today and tonight. They say more later in the week for us. The sign seemed appropriate for the day.

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Make Sure to Read the Sign

No Parking

No Parking

Posted in Documentary/Street

Retirement Work

Another Sign

Another Sign

I never thought of this but maybe it could be a part time job in retirement. 🙂

Nah! I have more important things to do.

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He’s Smiling

I think he has a good message to start the week!

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Walking the Streets

Walking the Streets

I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner. – Alex Webb

I did not wait long for this man to walk into the scene, it just took on its own life. I was drawn to the sign and boarded up windows. He just happened to walk into the frame as I raised my camera. If I’d not been ready, this scene would not exist. One  of the traits a street photographer needs.

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