Chimping

In photography a “chimp” is someone who after every picture they take they look down at their view screen to see what they just took a picture of.

Ooohh.. Ohh.. ahhh…

I’m not much of a chimp anymore. I may glance down occassionally to make sure all is well. Maybe check my histogram… lol.. hahaha.. not really… I can’t really understand a histogram..

One of the first elementary rules in photography is to check your camera before you start shooting. Do you have a memory card in there? Is your battery charged? Is it in your camera? (don’t laugh, I’ve driven for 1/2 hour to shoot at a location and discovered my battery is still home in the charger). Are your settings correct?

We drive to the car show on Florence Blvd in Casa Grande, AZ, find parking and head towards all the shiny paint jobs, the bikes, cars and trucks that are older than I am. Because I don’t really know my automobiles, I will usually take a picture of the vehicle and then a second photo of the sign that tells me what it is. Oh it’s a 1956 FORD… cool!

I am doing exactly that and I “chimp” my screen and see that the sign and the truck are all in one photo. ??

What?

How?

Sure enough I’m still on the double exposure setting I was using last time I had my camera out.

Sometimes when you make a mistake shooting you create a “happy accident”. That DID NOT happen this time..

Here’s what I created in those first few moments before I “chimped”:

Kids dancing to the music.

1956 Ford – just like the sign says..

The Ford and the Eurythmics

ford-f150-line

You know how it is… you make a big purchase and then for the next week you beat yourself up for your decision!

Should I have looked around more?

Was there a better deal out there?

Is there something wrong with THIS truck?

Why did the last owner trade it in anyway?

That’s been me for the last week!

When we bought the truck it had a Sirius Radio subscription and so I listened to 80’s on 8 for the first few days.  Yesterday, my magical subscription to Sirius ENDED, so I spent the drive to work listening to TSN Radio from Vancouver (they were discussing my Canucks so I was cool with that).  On the way home I turned on to the local radio station because the Vancouver channel was fading in and out.  That was OK, but I would rather listen to my own choice of music if I can. Last night I dug out some CD’s as a last resort (yes, I still have CD’s)..

I get out to the truck to drive to work, go to insert the CD and it won’t work!

What the hell?  Why won’t my CD go in the slot?  Is there a problem? Well what do you know..

1986-eurythmicsEureka!!!  In the CD player is the Eurythmics!!

The previous owner was an Eurythmics FAN – they forgot their CD!!!

Is it a Sign?

Is it?

It might just be a sign that we made the right choice!  After all – The Eurythmics are someone’s favorite group of ALL TIME..