Friday, March 06, 2009

Wall of water


Sheets
Toronto, ON, May 2007 [Click to embiggen]


I suppose this is more translucent than transparent, but I'm going to bend my own silly rules for once. (See here if you're not sure why I'm being this obtuse.)

Moving water has always been good to me. It calms me when I'm rushed, and gives me something to focus on when I'm uninspired. I found this fascinating sheet of it in the middle of an airport on my way home from far away. I probably could have put my head down and napped right in the middle of the swarms of strangers, but instead decided to get my camera out of its bag for an impromptu, middle-of-the-terminal photo shoot.

For some reason, post-9/11 security concerns didn't occur to me then. I'd rather apologize after the fact than ask for permission beforehand. That's me, photo-rebel.

Your turn: Do you take pictures where you think you shouldn't? Do tell.

One more thing: I'm live on-air tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, doing my weekly tech guru chat with John Downs on AM640 in Toronto. Hit their website (http://www.640toronto.com/) and click the Listen Live button if you want to tune in.

23 comments:

barbie2be said...

i love this shot! it's gorgeous!

kenju said...

I some times take photos when I think it's probably not a good idea, but my camera isn't small enough to palm, so often I can't take shots when I'd like to.

If you're going with 'translucent' too, I have one I could post!

David said...

i'm off to hear the daughter play her ( expensive) viola. only next year she will be playing it in college. ( weeps)

Mojo said...

Oh are you kidding? All the time! I suppose the most egregious example was the time I photographed a couple of Secret Service Agents. Had I stopped to think about it, it probably would have occurred to me that they're called the Secret Service for a reason.

As it was, it didn't turn out to be a big deal. The one came up, very politely asked me to delete the two photos, which I did with a hasty apology and we both went back to business. A lesson that certain other people whom I won't name could benefit from. (Let's just say I've committed far less serious acts of covert photography that resulted in much more drama than I care about dealing with. Which is why I have so few shots of people other than those who are performing for the public. Not worth the headache in my estimation.)

Then there are the "drive-by shootings" that I don't feel so much like I shouldn't take, but that probably irritate those behind me. Usually these take place at traffic lights, so it's not a big thing... unless the light changes while I'm looking through the lens. But I've been known to snap the occasional one-hander that I don't actually stop for... just slow down. I'm sure that's been the cause of a few choice words now and then.

But nobody complained about it when I set up this shot for my 3rd Transparent effort. Because there was nobody around to complain.

Thematic Photographic 39: "Transparent" v.3.0 "Well... It Fits the Theme"

Thomas said...

Oh wow! This is amazing!

bobbie said...

I really love the wall of water.
Yes, I take pictures without thinking of the rules. Some rules are just not logical anyway.

Hilary said...

I'm very shy about taking photos in places other than outdoors or in the home. I'll sit in the mall's food court and watch the old man at a nearby table doing his crossword puzzle with weathered, aging hands and think how it would make such a beautiful shot, but I feel wrong about invading his privacy. So I rarely bring my camera along to public places like that.

That's a beauty of a shot, Carmi.

Daryl said...

I always have my camera in my pocket so yes I am always snapping w/o regard to who may see or where I am .. in fact at The Aunt's funeral in the rain her small Great Granddaughter who was being carried was looking over her Uncle's shoulder and so I used my iPhone to snap her .. she was so alive and gloriously oblivious to where she was it was a mitzvah to see .. and I know The Aunt would have loved it ..

Protege said...

Beautiful photograph - it reminds me of liquid mercury, or liquid silver.
I love the sound of ocean waves, or a small stream.
Water equals life, and similarly to fire, it is vital to us. Therefore it holds our fascination.

David said...

the best station in LA ( 120 miles away) is also 640 on the AM dial. do you think it is a coincidence or a conspiracy????
http://kfi640.com/main.html

our best tech Guy is Leo Laporte and he is a gem! he might even be a canadadadien?
http://techguylabs.com/radio/

David said...

michele say s he has the sexy radio guy voice, and I am pretty sure tanya is a fan, too

colleen said...

I'm in Boston now, just walked the beach and thought your photo was wet sand.

I take pictures everywhere and of everything. My camera is the new pen. If I don't I regret it later.

Awareness said...

mesmerizing....beautiful shot. oh yes, i take photos in places where i shouldn't....and many when my family cringes with the ultimate embarrassment.

i'm sorry i havent played thematic photography this week...my photos are mostly on my own laptop which i can't access the internet on (damn) and i havent taken many shots...perhaps TODAY!

stefan said...

beautiful shot, carmi. like mercury.

Jeane said...

this is a fabulous photo - it feels very fluid even though it's just a moment caught by the camera - I must stop taking random pics while with friends when we meet for coffee/drinks - it's such a rude habit of mine!

lovelyprism said...

Carmi, that's a beautiful photo!
Embiggen? Is that a word? LOL
I haven't joined your Thematic Photograph yet, but I did have a photo related to your question about taking photos where I think I shouldn't.
http://lovelyprism-bewitched.blogspot.com/

NJ said...

I remember my daughter's first year in college, they went to Kensington Market to take pictures. Being a bit of a shy person, she was nervous to take pictures of strangers but she was surprised how nice people were when she asked first if she could take pictures. Some of the people took it as an opportunity to tell stories about themselves. I guess most people don't mind being part of a shot.

I have to say although I like the sound of running water it usually causes me to look for the nearest bathroom!

craziequeen said...

Hey Carmi, I love your water photos. That is a stunning study in movement of water, and comes close to the stunning photo of water over rocks I borrowed a year or so ago :-)

Tanya says hello and you got a mention on my blog tonight - all good!

cq

Mojo said...

Well... nobody objected to this shot. Nobody was around to object. Except Tonka, and he never complains.

Thematic Photographic 39: "Transparent" v.4.0 "The Heavy Guns"

Rose DesRochers said...

What a beautiful shot. I am not sure about taking pics where I shouldn't, but I like to take pics.

Elizabeth Barrette said...

Hello, NetChick sent me!

I am impressed with your ability to capture the fascinating texture of flowing water like this. Water is hard to photograph because it doesn't really contrast with itself.

rashbre said...

Very good shot. I like the swirls and the depth.

PastorMac's Ann said...

This is such a fantastic capture!