The Cover Up

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, 



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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Gabe (Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:30)

    Really makes me curious to see what is underneath.

  • #2

    Jeff (Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:33)

    You'd think they'd match the paint to the rest of the wall. Ha ha