So far it is yet another blustery day here in Annapolis Maryland however the sunshine felt good and I really enjoyed my late morning walk through the Historic District. Actually I finished up my stroll near the waterfront and decided to take advantage of the warmth, coffee and WiFi at the City Dock Coffee on Market Space to compose this blog post.
Sitting here looking out the front window at the still unopened Market House I sipped my coffee while continuing to warm up as both locals and visitors alike stopped in for something to drink. At a nearby table a couple of visitors were talking about the numerous pictures that they had taken so far this morning. One of them commented to the other about how the close proximity of the houses along the nearby streets made it difficult to take a good picture.
Not being at all reserved about my experiences taking pictures in the city I offered a hello to them and went on to say that I agreed with their observation about the closeness of the houses on the streets that make their way up to the State House. I also explained to them that I had been out since mid morning taking pictures as well. They asked me if I had taken one of the old red frame house just around the corner from here and as was the case I had. I turned my laptop towards them and presented today’s blog post that I was still working on which happened to be of the Shiplap House on Pinkney Street that they were referring to just a moment before.
They seemed to be a bit shocked when they saw the photograph on my screen and before they could say anything I calmly pointed out that it is just a matter of finding the one angle that would work for that particular building, heck just about any place has one. Further more I stated that the house is too wide and tall to get a good unobstructed image in the view finder from the front and that looking down Pinkney Street never seemed to work very well for me either. The both of them looked at each other then the gentleman said “that is a very good picture that you have there and thank you for your advice.”
With that they grabbed their coffee cups and told me to have a good day as they headed out the door. About ten minutes or so later I was once again looking out the window and just about to post this article when that same couple walked by. The lady smiled at me and mouthed the words thank you as they both headed towards Main Street.
I guess they finally got that picture that they were looking for. Perhaps I am approaching the photography profession from the wrong angle as well?
G J Gibson
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