What On Earth Were We Doing At 2:30am?

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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You are looking at the result of a fun collaborative effort. A lovely young family friend was leaving our home, very late on a Sunday night, at the very end of summer. She noticed the beautiful lighting effect of the traffic lights in a very heavy fog down the street. She ran back inside, very giddy, and asked if she could borrow a camera right away. I quickly handed her my wife’s Canon DSLR and she was out the door in a flash. Then I grabbed my own camera & tripod, and followed her outside at 2:30 AM, to see if one of us could capture the moment that got her so excited.

Suddenly, the city police drove by and thought we looked a bit “out of place”, so they stopped to have a talk with us… (I should have said “talk to her”, she’s very attractive!)

Satisfied that we weren’t causing any trouble, the officer asked if we would prefer the light to change to red. “Sure!”, we said. The two patrolmen drove around the block, tripped the automatic traffic light sensor and then turned off their headlamps so they wouldn’t ruin the shot.

As the officers pulled away, one of then said “…to protect and serve!”

Special THANKS to Karley! This is the vision that she wanted to remember.

This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 10D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/6th sec at f/4, no flash. The camera’s ISO was set to 1,600. A Manfrotto tripod was used. The photo is straight from the camera, as-is.

This shot was captured at the corner of High Street and 7th Avenue, in the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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This photo has been viewed 508 times as of July 11th, 2011

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