These photos were taken on September 4, 2014 shortly after 11 AM
The location was in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.
The "Take It!" came from approaching vans that were already stopped at a traffic lights that were ahead of me in line waiting for the light to change. I did the usual pull up behind them
giving safe distance between us and moved into my usual mind set of engaging in very random viewing of what was going on around me. I am in constant quest for different subjects that I may
have either not seen before when passing the same location or better yet, something that is different or momentary. It is not my usual custom to look at the back window of vehicles that are
in front of me, but for some reason the upper image caught my eye. I inched the car closer to get a better look at what was clearly a reflection off the glass of overhead clouds. The
curvature of the glass gave the reflection an additional interesting and to me, quite pleasing dimension to this already wonderful display of nature.
This was one of those times when I had to speed up the process of digging out my camera from my left front pants pocket while seated. I use a Canon G12 which is now getting a bit old having
been updated by several models which are slimmer and include much more technology. So the maneuver game to fetch the camera while seated is a bit of a contortion which I usually avoid by
standing up first, which decompresses the pocket somewhat, making retrieval easier. Time nor situation did not allow for the stand up - so it was a "quick quick for a click," which I was
lucky enough to have accomplished before the traffic light changed to green and my subject was gone.
Having been successful in capturing the first back window cloud reflection, I was overjoyed and quite happy to be satisfied with it being an unusual and maybe "one time catch", when shortly
thereafter at a subsequent stop light, yet another such image appeared on a different vehicle. Having had a recent rehearsal of the maneuver, I quickly put into play a repeat that was
thankfully accomplished somewhat quicker, enabling me to take the second shot, which is displayed below. It seemed like I was afforded a lot less time to make this second capture.
Traffic lights have differing times assigned to them and I think I was lucky enough to have gotten the first of the two lights with a longer holding setting. Had I not had the
rehearsal I would not ever have been quick enough to have gotten the second.
The After Take: Found everyone quite taken with the catches. The surprise of seeing such images in a stopped vehicle at an intersection found them asking how did I manage to see them. I
responded by letting them know I joined them in the wonder of it, and that I consider these things as gifts that are offered to me by some source quite outside of me. I feel very
fortunate to be the recipient of these offerings and even more so in that I am often able to catch them with my camera and thus share the bounty.
Here is hoping you are able to join me in taking a little different look at the rear window of that vehicle that is stopped in front of us in the future, for maybe there might be a
reflection of a great cloud that has been enhanced even further by the curvature of the glass in the window.
Wishing you my best,