This photo was taken in Feb 2012 at 11:30 am
The location was at an intersection at a cross walk where there is a small amount of extra space that has a short wall surrounding it. This is in Roslyn, Virginia.
The "Take It!" came from my deciding that I would like to take a photo of what I considered to be a bit of great graffiti that was formerly on the wall that was actually made using a quite detailed stencil and I thought rather cool. The day I decided to take a moment to make the take and dedicate the extra time it would require to park my car and do a walk back to the site for the intersection is usually quite busy when I pass, the grafiti had been painted over. My surprise was complete.
The After Take: Came with a lesson. Never wait when looking at what one has established as a desirable scene or object to photograph. The old quote about he who hesitates is lost is in full play here. I like the shot as it is because it shows civic responsibility being put into full practice. On the other hand, each time I look at the photo and/or drive by it, I am reminded of the shot I did not get and the reminder it provides me, to make those moments count by taking the opportunities when I am lucky enough to see them.
I cannot fully express how much this has served me since the episode took place. Even to the point of stopping my car and doing a back up to catch the subject that may be fleeting and maybe even a little uncertain in how it may turn out. More often than not, when I look at the image in the camera store, to see if it needs more light added before having it printed, it shows up as being just fine (sometimes even great).
I offer this as one of the few things I can pass along as a recomendation to possibly put into place by others, even though I have not fully perfected it for myself. Its one of those things that is a very good life long challenge.
Wishing you the very best,