The Daily Focal Point

December 19, 2008

It’s 10:36 PM…

Filed under: Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 1:22 am

And my wife is going to kill me. She asked me to go to the store for three items… THREE items! I took this as my opportunity, I grabbed my Nikon and the tripod. “Of course I’d go to the store honey! Anything to help out!” I enthusiastically exclaim. She sighs as I turn to leave and asks, “Are you going to get your shot?”
I smile wide and say, “I don’t know… that’s the plan.” I told her I loved her and that I would be back soon. She gave me the look. It wasn’t a look like she was disgusted that I would leave her at 9:30 PM to take pictures and run by the store. It was more of a, “I’m cool with you doing this, just don’t take too long” look. I knew that face, I’ve seen it many times before.

It cracked me up that she knew what shot I was going to attempt without me saying anything. I guess I’ve been talking about it for the past year or so. It’s a night shot and it requires rain, something of an oddity here in the Bay Area until recently. I got my desired shot (it will be shared in another post) and stopped by the store.

Now having it be more than an hour after I left, I was driving home and I could only think of two things. My wife’s look she gave me as I went out the door and an idea for another shot I’ve been thinking about. I weight the pros and cons and factor in our new baby then multiply the fact that I have all my equipment already with me. I then subtract the fact that my wife is tired today. And would you know it, by the time I could decide what I was going to do, I had already pulled into the spot where my idea needed to be photographed. Weird how it happened like that! 🙂
I listen to the rain fall on the car as I quickly assemble the camera. I tell myself that this can be done in 5 minutes flat. I adjust my camera, change out my lenses, and program the manual settings. This is done with the speed and efficiency of a well trained Marine on a mission. I step outside in the ran, take one test shot to see the lighting. I make one adjustment and with the help of a tripod I take my picture.. I realize that there is no use taking more, I got it on the first shot.
I toss the camera with Tripod still attached into my car and book it home. I walk into our old craftsman style home and Kim looks at me and smiles. “I take it you got your shot?” We both smile and hand her the camera to see.


I swear Kim, those ladies in my picture aren’t real. They be painted.

Thanks for being patient honey.



  1. And it was worth it. The composition is great. It has feeling. Look at the door (symbolic, coming from an old English teacher who used to teach that stuff), half in the light and half in the shadow framed by words and pictures of an out-of-the-mainstream reality. It makes you wonder about the person standing just to the side. What will he do? Where does that door lead? Is that door shut because it is blocking him from moving into a different world or is it because he refuses to open it…Ok, I know… I could read symbolism into almost anything, but this really opens up the “door” for that kind of thing. Niiiiccccceee, Caleb.

    Comment by fromthebackdeck — December 19, 2008 @ 7:04 am

  2. I LOVEEEE this shot 🙂 Bravo

    Comment by Jaden — December 19, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  3. What part of the Bay Area. I use to live there for about 25 years.

    Comment by Audubon Ron — December 19, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  4. Neat photograph Cabe. I bet secretly Kim just loves the photographer side of you and its passion.

    I’m so excited. I just ordered me a new camera. I had read some good reviews on this one, and it was within my price range. I can hardly wait to get it now.

    Comment by kathleen dale — December 19, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  5. Mary Elizabeth (my little sis) turned me on to your blog, which I’ve really been enjoying. This is such a fabulous shot! There’s not a single element that detracts from the whole. My favorite is the mostly shadowed wrestler on the left.

    Seriously, great work. 🙂

    Comment by RCH — December 19, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  6. Thats a great photo.

    And my husband takes better pictures that I do. So when I come back he tells what I could have done better. But I like it.

    Comment by lisa — December 19, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  7. Nice! Love the shadows and light. Love the little bits of reflection in the rain puddle. Very cool!

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 19, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  8. Such a cool shot. If only I knew of places similar to that in UT. You think there are any… probably not.

    Oh and I do my collages in Picassa. Easy, free and uploads faster than a single photo.

    Comment by heather — December 19, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  9. No way Dude! That is the coolest photo I’ve seen in a long time!

    Comment by Sheila @ — December 19, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  10. Cool, well done! I too enjoy those errand trips, sometimes another great photo-op. Did you remember the third item?

    Comment by Rob — December 19, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

  11. Cabe – Thanks for visiting my new WordPress blog site. I am finally getting it in order. Man, I was in WordPress hell today trying to figure a problem out, but it is done now.

    Yes, where is our challenge for this week? I’m going to be out with my old camera having fun until the new one arrives – so I need a challenge dude, as Sheila would say.

    Comment by Kathleen — December 19, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

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