There’s a small bit of a story behind this photo.
Last night I went to bed thinking about what I could do for a cool July 4 themed photo. Our town puts these little hand-size flags all over the major streets and main neighborhood streets each year as part of the decorations. As I lay there in bed, I pictured one particular street where I thought I could get a shot of a long string of these winding off into the distance at sunrise.
Of course, thinking about it kept me up most of the night and I slept through sunrise, the magic hour, and a couple of hours after that, too.
I hadn’t counted on the rain, either.
Lexington has been socked in all day with rain. Bad news: electronic devices like digital cameras don’t react well to getting wet. Nor do I. Good news: Clouds act like a gigantic heavenly soft box, producing some very nice soft light, if you can take advantage of it.
Needless to say, I was more than a bit trepidatious about getting out in the rain with my brand new camera, but I waited for a slack moment and went for it. Picture me on the sidewalk, crouching down in the rain, holding the camera down between my knees, framing the shot in the flip-out LCD display while trying to shelter the camera with my body. I’m sure I cut a rather silly sight.
But I did it. I gave myself an assignment. I got out in … less than ideal weather conditions. I persisted. I went back… in the rain… when the first batch of shots weren’t quite what I wanted. And I got a few shots I’m not terribly disappointed with.
You can see a few more of them in my Flickr Photostream.
Happy Independence Day, y’all!