The three amigos

The three amigos

Picture of the Moment

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Even when I go teach chess at a K-6 school, I always have my camera with me. Some of my students have noticed that and asked me about the camera since it’s a large DSLR and not just a phone camera. I explain that I don’t want to miss a picture if Mother & Father Nature present me with something really nice.

As I was driving home this afternoon from one of my chess classes, I could see that Mother & Father Nature were going to create a pretty nice sunset.

Traffic was cruising along at 70 mph when suddenly, as I rounded a curve, traffic came to a complete and instantaneous stop. I tried to avoid the cars in front of me, but it was too late. I went careening and screeching along the shoulder of the freeway and finally lost control. As I hit the car in front of me, still going about 60 mph, my car burst into flames. The force of the impact caused the car I hit to flip upside down. As I began to crawl through the window of the car door to get out of my burning car, I saw that the impact had thrown my camera from the seat into the windshield where it had lodged. Although the freeway was of a north-south orientation, I was now facing west. I noticed that the sunset still looked nice and that my camera was pointing directly at it. I quickly looked through the camera’s viewfinder and snapped the following picture, after which I pulled my camera out of the windshield and dragged it through the car door window after me.

The three amigos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I have titled my picture “The Three Amigos,” and although I did snap that shot through the car’s windshield, a dirty windshield at that, paragraph three above is complete fiction. However, traffic was crawling along at about 10 mph, so the “crawl” part in paragraph three is true…………lol

Moral of this story: Always keep your camera handy. That means “with you” and “close by.”

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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13 thoughts on “The three amigos

  1. draliman

    Blimey, I was starting to get a bit shocked there! Glad it didn’t actually happen.
    Great photo. I only have a point-and-click and a camera phone, but it’s amazing the quality of photos camera phones will take these days. I’ve been thankful for it a few times recently!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Digital technology has create cameras that anyone can use. After that, the eye needs to compose the picture, and that’s often the difficult part, the part between being a snapshot and photographic art.

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      1. draliman

        I’m hearing you there – I have no eye for it at all! Any time someone points out the beautiful composition in one of my photos, I just smile and pretend I did it on purpose 🙂

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