One Lucky Shot

by Renee Wallace Wilson August. 01, 2020 120 views

I love people! When I lived in L.A., I spent a lot of time photographing on the street. I mean, for me and my tastes, I like the interaction more than what I find in flowers and such, but when I moved to the country, good luck on that. I'm stuck with flowers and still life.

So, feeling like I was running a bit on empty, I put myself in my car and drove down Rte 46 towards Hamilton, NY, thinking that I might find some American flags, tractors, maybe a couple of bashed in barns. I was driving 55 mph and there was little if any place to pull over. I am out of practice. I just bought a new camera at the top of the year. This camera is going to waste sitting in the case. No wonder I'm letting things like watercolor and covid isolation get my goat! I forced myself back to the shutterbug mode.

In my rear view, I saw a farm truck. I was obviously in the wrong direction, so I sped up to a place where I could turn around. I wondered if I could ever find it again. I was fortunate enough to get directly behind it. I must have made the drivers behind me nuts, following something that was going less than anything. I was tempted to get out of my car and run after this thing since it was moving so at a pace I could keep up with. That would have been insane, but entirely within the scope of what I might do to get what I wanted. I shot this through the windshield. I shot several and most of them were hazy. Renee, I told myself, keep that car clean— never know when one would need the windshield to be pristine.

My "fix" for street photography! When one is in the country, this is street photography!

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Heike 1 day, 15 hours ago

Cool photo. It took a while until I realized the third person on the truck.

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Heike 1 day, 7 hours ago

Thank you. This was fun to capture -- it was all in the chase!

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Benny Law 1 day, 16 hours ago

Looking at the EXIF, I would expect to see a little blurriness, but there is none to be found! And you took this shot while driving? That's pretty amazing.

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Benny Law 1 day, 7 hours ago

Thank you! If the truth be known, I could have run along side the car. We were moving slowly! There was a line of cars waiting behind me which made for more pressure.

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Rachele Schneekloth 1 day, 19 hours ago

I love this photo, and the story. The things we do to get the shot... it's all worth it!

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 1 day, 7 hours ago

Thank you and we do it every time!

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Jay Boggess 1 day, 22 hours ago

I Love it!!! Love your caption, too! 
Always a pleasure!

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Jay Boggess 1 day, 7 hours ago

Thank you! It was one of those days where I was burned out a bit and when I got into the chase, all of the excitement of getting a shot came flowing in.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Renee Wallace Wilson 1 day, 6 hours ago

Glad you got your "mojo" back!!!!
Always a pleasure!

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Mike Linehan 2 days ago

#1lovely capture❤️

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Mike Linehan 2 days ago

Thank you so much!  I was lucky on this one... chasing it, knowing I missed it and was able to U-turn into something close to what I really wanted... that's the fun of chasing stuff with a camera isn't it!

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Mike Linehan Replied to Renee Wallace Wilson 2 days ago

True. A lot like my ex wife years ago. We were on a road in the middle of France. She saw two wonderful gentleman on the side of the road zoomed by & zoomed back for the photo & a wonderful conversation. Take Care

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Renee Wallace Wilson Replied to Mike Linehan 2 days ago

Awesome!  Thank you for sharing your experience. Sometimes the photo we want requires that we go for it.  It is in the moment and chasing it might be well worth it.

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