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The Fine Art of Outrunning the Law

This is the sunset that almost got me arrested yesterday:

Modified Lensbaby Composer + Canon Rebel XSI + golden hour lighting


Josh and I were out driving through the beautiful country of Starlight, Indiana. We’d had a glass of Apple Spice wine from the orchard and were enjoying the sunshine. I glanced over through the trees and saw the sun beaming through and knew I had to get that shot (shown above). I didn’t alter any colours in it: it’s SOOTC (Straight Out Of the Camera). What you see is how it looked in person. It was incredibly beautiful.

So I parked the car a quarter of a mile down on the side of the road, and as I tiptoed through the field (barefooted, naturally), I happened to notice there was a man standing on the road directly to my left. He didn’t speak, he just watched me. If I could count the times strange people just showed up to watch me shoot. Grrr.

I took my cue to go, and as I was going, he said, “I just wanted to make sure everything was alright.”

That translates to, “I live right down the road and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you take a picture of this here field.”

I showed him the shot and let him know I was harmlessly taking a pic, and skidaddled off to our Rodeo Isuzu. Not even 45 seconds later, we passed a cop car going in the direction of where we had just come. Jimbob had called the law.

Thanks, Jimbob.

Not that we were doing anything wrong. But out in redneck country, you’re either going to get shot at, or have to outrun the police like we did. And so began our hurried exit, snaking through every jijagged turn we could make, and flying back to the city. Believe me when I say, photography is not a boring hobby! “Dealing” with the cops is part of the package.

Alas, it was worth it. 🙂

And a few more from the day:

Modified Lensbaby Composer + Canon Rebel XSI



And last, but not least, my partners in crime!


10 responses

  1. Hey! I know every time I come back it is like I have risen from the dead :p Love this post and the story that goes with it! Your photography has always taught me to remember the story. It is good to know to take a quick shot if I am ever driving through that area. What came to mind is American Pickers. Do you ever watch that show? These two guys drive around in the country and find valuable “junk.” Anyway, some of the places they drive up on are sketch as shit. There is often a long dirt road with a high locked fence and a bearded man with a gun speeding towards them in a golf cart. The guy you encountered reminded me of that lol! I am not sure what these people think they are guarding. We are not back in the days of war when we took all the Indians land. Ha! Miss you and again LOVE the shot. I have been saving up for a new camera. Mine died :(. Thinking of a Nikkon….. So far I have $200 LOL so more saving to do….

    November 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    • Nah, I know you’re super busy. 🙂 Life is like that, it catches us up- tosses us around- and before we know it, we’re back in the spin cycle hitting walls again. I’m just so glad to see you! Glad to know you’re still hanging in there. ;0) I do hope you invest in a good camera soon. You took off like wildfire and clearly have a talent for photography. I miss your pics. So yeah, GET ONE. 🙂

      And yes, I’ve seen the show. I think you described it fairly accurate…heheh. (Many of the old men have like- 5 teeth between all of them.) And yeah, it’s ALWAYS about the story. Even if it’s just a paper bag on the side of the road. It too has a story, and…well, somebody’s gotta tell it, right?

      Get that camera! Thanks for checking up on me. 😉 x

      November 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  2. barefooted, naturally 🙂

    i get that here too.
    but not as bad as the US.

    November 5, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    • Yeah, it really bites over here. People are always up in your business- watching what you’re doing with the camera.. (But I know you know what I mean. :0)

      November 5, 2015 at 9:12 pm

  3. You do know how to turn a photo shoot into an adventure! I’ll bet there is never a dull moment in your life.

    November 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  4. bipolarbarbieq

    I totally love your tale of adventure! Those are the sorts of days that may seem like little stories but are great memories. You inspire me to take pictures again! You have incredible composition and I admire that in a photographer 🙂 You should have seen the way I bashed my poor cousins wedding photographer after I saw her photos…HA (in a dark sort of humor way “ha”)

    November 18, 2015 at 2:53 am

    • I hope you start taking pics again. It’s so necessary (for therapy) but also to document our lives, you know? It makes a difference.

      November 21, 2015 at 5:51 am

      • bipolarbarbieq

        I totally agree 100%. Also, there’s a rumor I’m getting a camera for Christmas. I’ll be the only person since 2000 carrying around a camera on my everyday person 😛

        December 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      • Excellent! Can’t wait to see what you post. ;0)

        December 17, 2015 at 10:56 am


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