Alternate route


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/13 w/ fill-flash. ISO: 200)

I try not to take the same route coming from an assignment that I took going to it. It helps to increase the opportunity of finding an enterprise feature photo in between assignments.

Last week I had an early evening assignment at the Louis Park Softball complex in Stockton. From the office, it’s a quick trip via the freeway, taking about 5 minutes or so. Once I was done, I decided to take the surface streets back. It would easily triple my travel time, but it would also boost my chances of finding a picture.

Passing by Victory Park, I saw a large group of firefighters standing around near Station 6 as if waiting for something to happen. I stopped and asked what was going on. They were auxiliary firefighters, sort of a volunteer force called in when there’s a large disaster such as the Quail Lakes Fire in Stockton last month. They were at the station for a weekly training session. Each Wednesday they gather at a different station across the city.

The evening sky turned orange as I got a shot of a firefighter manning a hose when the sun set behind the western tree line of the park. It may not work all the time, but when it does, varying my route helps me in looking for enterprise pictures.

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