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"Aperture Priority"

August 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

So I realize that this entry is extremely late, and I do apologize for that, but in a way I think it was fortunate.  Normally I try to write these over the weekend, then I schedule them to post first thing on Thursday mornings.  That gives me a few days in case things come up.  (Un)fortunately we had the wifelings nephews this past week, so time flew by even when I wasn't working this past week.  As it is I woke up this morning and said to myself, "Wait...it's Thursday already?  Where did the week go?"  But this time I think it worked out.  I had a really bizarre dream last night that got me thinking about what I do, what I'd like to do, and curious to know what others would do.

In the dream that I had I had to follow the president around and get pictures while he was getting a haircut.  In the dream we were walking everywhere, including crossing a 5 lane street (10 lanes both ways) at a stoplight...and there was no Secret Service with us either (which was probably the strangest aspect). 

Anyway, in this dream we're at the barber shop when thick black smoke starts pouring out of the windows of a "locally famous" restaurant across the street. (It was one of those dreams where you know it's locally famous just because…).  Then of course, the windows brighten and you see flame start coming out of the windows. 

That's where the dilemma came in.  Do I continue to photograph the president getting his haircut, like I'm supposed to, or do I go across the street and photograph the burning building?

Now, in the dream, everyone looked at the fire with about the same amount of interest as one passes a stopped police car on the highway.  There was an initial, "What's that?" reaction followed by the "Oh, nothing serious" then moving along of everyday living.  And that was the attitude of everyone in the dream. 

While the dream is a dream and being a dream is surreal and absurd in any number of ways, from running across a busy street with the president to the nonchalance of the locals to a local place burning to the ground, it still left me with the thought, in this day in age, if you have two special events going on, which one do you choose?

In the example of my dream I was with Mr. President.  That's a once in a lifetime event for most people, if that.  Even if I am taking a photograph of something as mundane as a haircut.  On the flipside, fires happen fairly often.  They can happen anywhere.  Lots of people have seen them and you can pretty much get to one with little to no effort.  In the dream, both events created about the same amount of excitement. 

So I pose this question to all of you.  If you were in this position.  Which option would you choose?  Stay focused on the President? Or on the burning building?  Leave your choice, and why, in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter.


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