Park place

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens Nikkor 17-35mm @ 35mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/125 sec. ISO: 200)

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said ‘Parking Fine.’” – Tommy Cooper

There are pictures everywhere you go. They may not always fall neatly into photojournalism, but they can be found just about anywhere. It’s just a matter of looking hard enough and finding them.

The other day, I pulled up in front of a county courthouse in downtown Stockton. I went to put some money in the parking meter and saw this picture. I could have easily passed it by, it’s not something we’d run in the paper as a stand alone picture. But I liked it, so I shot it anyway. The late afternoon sun illuminated the Trethaway Building across the street. The glass on the meter reflected the warm tones of the building which contrasted with the colder tones of the shady scene where the meter sat. There are pictures everywhere. Always carry your camera and always keep your eyes and mind open.

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