F8 and be there is the response to many questions that I remember reading on the website Photo.net. People would ask questions about how to know what aperture to use for different light levels and film speed and the response often times would be F8 & be there.
That's how this picture turned out. I was in a Starbucks coffee downtown Indianapolis and I noticed this gentleman sitting on the padded seat along the window. He was wearing a nice sport coat and a hat quietly reading a small book. It was a great photo opportunity and I had the Canon S400 that I had bought off of eBay with me. It's a point and shoot and does a decent job most of the time. I'm sure it would do a decent job all of the time if I were to ensure that the proper settings were configured.
This time I just wanted to grab the shot and hope for the best. I didn't know how long he would be sitting there so I clicked off a picture. When I got home and loaded the images on my PC I was rather disappointed in my final image. Not using a flash and not adjusting the ISO in the camera left me with a blurry image.
I used photoshop to sepia tone the image and to re-size for my website. It's not going to win any awards and that's what F8 and be there is suppose to mean. Some times you have to just take the picture and hope for the best. To me the point is that you were there and experienced the situation. If you spend too much time messing with the dials and buttons on your camera then you'll most likely miss the action and miss the shot.
You don't see men wearing sport coats and hats these days. At least, when you do see they are generally men from a different generation. This man made for a great picture and even though what I captured didn't turn out that great I still feel as though I caught the image with my eye.
I know it's early. It's not even Thanksgiving yet. The stores have had their Christmas stuff on the shelves since mid October. They seem to be ready for everyone to skip over Halloween and Thanksgiving and get right in to the buying mode. This weekend we took our kids downtown so they could mail their letters to Santa. There is a special mailbox on the circle for letters to Santa. If the letters have a return address on them the children are suppose to get a letter back from the big man himself or maybe one of his staff. We'll have to wait and see.
It was a fun trip downtown. After we mailed our letters we stopped in the Starbucks right across the street and everyone got a warm beverage. We walked around the circle a bit more before heading back to the car. Back home we got out all of our Christmas decorations and began decking our halls. It sure is fun putting all that stuff up together and seeing all the decorations that we've accumulated over the years together. It's fun building memories.