March 10 photo of the day

Over the first ten days of March I’ve taken 272 photos from which I’ve chosen my photos of the day.   Some days I get the shot in under 20 frames and sometimes it takes 70 or 80.

But almost every day, I know the shot I’ll use as soon as I take it.  Even if I continue taking photos and long before examining them on the computer.   I’ll see a shot and take it and miraculously it turns out just as I envisioned it.  You would think this would happen all the time; you see something cool and photograph it and there it is.  Not so.   Whether it is the light or the angle or a trick of the brain, what we see is not always what shows up in the photo.

Today I took 72 photos and I knew this one was the one as soon as I released the shutter.  Maya and I were walking along photographing buildings when I glanced over at a street vendor’s table.    Street vendors are not unique, but this one caught my eye and I stopped.  Those beat up styrofoam heads, the packing tape that anchored them to the shelf and the hats they displayed; there was something so defiant about them.

It was the quickest, best shot of the day.   Love it when that happens.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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