Tuesday, June 07, 2011

absent and absent-minded

Friends, it's been way, too long. I apologize for not having visited you. I have been painfully busy, and I sure hope things settle down to a more manageable level soon.


I do not even have a lot of photos to show for the absence, but here is one from last week.


As usual, there is a story behind the pic. I went fishing with five kids from church. When I arrived at the desired spot, they jumped out of the minivan and started running towards the water. I called out to them and recalled the young fishermen because although I had a tacklebox and even some worms, I had forgotten all of my fishing poles!


Okay, so we all went back so that I could retrieve the poles from my house, and then we had the normal amount of activity, helping them all get set up to fish. I began casting as well, but half-an-hour into it, a chill ran down my spine. I suddenly realized that I did not have my fishing license with me.


Children under sixteen years of age do not need a license, so I set my pole down, and let them continue as I walked back and forth checking on them, untangling line and typical troubleshooting. My wife's camera was in the van, so I hovered over and around them, looking for a good shot.


As the sun was setting, I was aiming to get something with a colorful background and fill-in flash. I think this was a test shot of what I was trying to get, but I played with post editing, and liked this one better.


Oh, and as it pertains to the fish... we all got skunked!


Pastor Dave said...

great pic!!

imac said...

After all your toing and froing, you really got a great piece of Art there my friend.

donsands said...

Great story, and super pic. Silhouettes are something I can never manage, but I love 'em.

I was out in a boat with my brother in law once fishing, and the ranger came over to us in his boat, and said, "you have your licenses?" I acted like I misplaced it, when really I never had one to begin with.
He tells us to row into shore.
We do. get out, and apologize.
The officer says, "Well, aren't you going back fishing?"
"Go on, have a good time."

True story.

Craver Vii said...

Thanks, Mr. Dave. I'm glad i caught a break with this one.

Imac, I mounted the image and gave it the lad's mother. It was a big hit.

Sounds like you caught the ranger on a good day, Sandman. I think the fine in Illinois is a couple-hundred dollars. I heard that they can also confiscate your tackle, but I don't know that for sure.

Short Poems said...

Lovely story and beautiful pic!
Love it :)
Lantern Peems

happyone said...

That's a great picture!

Shammickite said...

when you didn't post for such a long time, I thought the end of the world had really happened over there in Bolingbroke!

DeniseinVA said...

I agree with imac, the photo is a work of art. I saw your comment to him and I am sure that young man's mother must have been thrilled.

Craver Vii said...

Thanks, Happyone!

Nope. Bolingbrook still looks the same, Shammy. Christ will return though. That much is sure, but when he said no one knows the day or hour, that means those silly kooks should stop trying to predict it.

Thank you, Denise. Her reaction was really nice.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Wonderful capture, you have a great eye for taking photos.

lime said...

oh i do like that silhouette shot. even if you didn't catch any fish i hope everyone caught some good memories and you certainly got a trophy shot.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the way this turned out with the silhouette, Craver! Playing with a camera is waaaay more fun than playing with a fishing rod. :))

Craver Vii said...

The fish aren't even scared of me, Fishing Guy. Do you hear them laughing?

What a really nice thing to say, Lime. That's a good way of looking at it.

EG, the funny thing is, this was with the compact digital. I left the DSLR at home, because I expected to be too busy fishing.

Betty Manousos said...

fantastic story and picture!

love it. good to have you back.

happy weekend!