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May 20th, 2009

2009 | Cincinnati

March 7, 2009 | 12:47:20 PM

I was visiting some friends in Ohio. I had gone downtown with he and his daughters for ballet practice only instead of ballet, I got to borrow his new camera for awhile. So for that hour, I went for a walk. I had noticed kids were around and tried to be sure I never pointed the camera towards any of them. Then when I came around the corner from a wall I had been photographing, I heard a group of young voices from overhead, “What you taking pictures for?” I thought about it a moment and really didn’t know how to answer them, “I just enjoy it,” I said, only half believing it myself.

“Take our picture!”

So I stepped closer to the wall, guessed the focus (as this camera was manual focus without a rangefinder or TTL focus), guessed the exposure and said, “1, 2, 3…”

They all grinned, I snapped the shutter and they said, “Thanks Mister.”

Then I walked back to ballet practice.