Friday, September 23, 2011

Suggestion Box

Photo by SnaggleTooth Sept 21 2011
"Excuse me -"
I was thinking someone needed directions...
... Coming from a car driver stopping in the middle of the D-bridge to interrupt probably my last shot of a fading sunset over the M-cove sky. I did not turn about, but held cam steady n clicked.
"... If you climb to the top of that hill you'll get a great picture of the whole cove" she loudly suggested.

I bit my tongue.
"No thanks, I take this shot here every week." Is all that came out in response.
Then she drove on, but many aggrivated thoughts entered my mind from the brief encounter clouding over what would have been peaceful.
I don't want that hill pic.
Photo by SnaggleTooth 2010That's not where the light is. It doesn't show the reflection of the sunset over the water. Even at sunrise, you'd have to aim at the other B-cove, hidden behind trees n homes.
Been there done that, n the power lines are in the way of what I'd call a good pic from up there. She missed the point of what I'm doing.
Who is that person to tell me what I want a pic of, as though I don't know where a good shot is?

Photo by SnaggleTooth 2010
If she wants to see those shots, why doesn't she go get her cam n climb the steep, brambled, n newly tree-toppled pathways up there in the bug swarms as the light fades, n then realize it's too dark to even get any pic? N too dark to climb down...
I've only been living here about 30 years. I don't know what I'm doing, or what I want to see...?
I'm so independent n focused on what I prefer already, that I really don't want anyone telling me what to do, especially in my free time on my Day Off! Wow, I really resented that womans intrusion into my chosen activty. Why can't I just let it go? Why did I let it upset my peace-time?

Photo by SnaggleTooth 2010 Now, too late, I wish I'd had a printed business card with my blog addresses on it... I'll start working on making a card so the next time- maybe I can hook a new reader.
My stats the past few weeks shows ESR traffic so very low. Many bloggers have slowed down on the net clicking this summer.

Would this unsolicited suggestion have bothered you as it did me?

Note: The top pic was the interrupted one, The other ones were taken from the top of the hill in April 2010. From those shots I posted the "Twisty Twig" pic.

14 Comments:

At 6:20 AM, Blogger G said...

I don't think it would (nice pics, btw). I'm more than used to people who don't know how to do my job telling me how to do my job, so I would've let them say their piece and then ignore whatever it was that they said to begin with.

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Yes - it would have bothered me. You handled it beautifully, Snaggle.

That woman reminds me of other officious people I have encountered. And someone (I don't remember who) blogged about being in Paris with her friend (both seasoned visitors to Paris) and they were looking at a street map so they could decide which way to walk. (Kind of like when I use my GPS in Atlanta.) But an officious looking American walked up and said, "OK - where are we going ladies?" They looked at each other and then her and said, "What?" She replied, "Where are we going? You look lost and I'll take you where you're wanting to go." They assured her they were just fine and didn't need help and she reluctantly left with her two waiting friends - stripped of the delight she would have had in officiously escorting them to a destination.

And I recently had the same kind of thing happen in the warehouse club (Sam's). I only had two items and an employee tipped me off that I could pay for them at the snack bar in front and bypass those long lines. As I was walking there a woman's shrill voice rang out from one of the long lines, "Ma'am! Ma'am!" I turned my head and she was yelling to me! She called out, "That's not where you return things - you need to take those to the service desk." I laughed and indicated I was fine (with a shake of my head.) I paid the hot dog lady for my items and left.

So this was a little essay - I have today off, can you tell??? :)

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger LL Cool Joe said...

Yes it would, I don't like people invading my space or my ideas. If I'm in a creative mood I want to be left alone to be creative and do things my way!

I so relate!

Yeah, I've found the blogging world a bit quiet recently too.

 
At 3:25 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

G, you are so easy going! I had a great deal of trouble ignoring my thoughts to get past the negative effects. Telling me how to do my job- is exactly what it was! Thanks

Lynn, I would've been happier if she'd just remarked on the beautiful sky or said hello... Of course I can't stand it when cars stop while crossing the bridge either! Interesting Paris story. Again folks claiming to know what they don't at the warehouse too! I think the loudness is the most irritating part. Thanks for the stories! At least I'm not alone in my opinion...

LLcoolJ, I'm proud of myself I took that shot instead of turning to see who it was- would've been a shame to miss those cloud colors which only last seconds after the sun sets-

Yes, I'm the same when on creative projects. At least I didn't yell at her as I'd wanted to-
I have to clean up my C-drive before I can load your page- (wouldn't load yesterday) under a meg of memory left again- can't even alter one pic in paintshop Pro now!
My stats are lowest since about 2 years ago!

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger G said...

Not so much easy going as knowing that if I tried to patiently explain why they were wrong, it would make the conversation last way longer than it should.

I have a very low threshhold for stupid in my work life, and this is how I deal with it.

Gotta remember I work for the guv'ment so stupid starts with the person who runs our rotten state and quickly runs downhill.

 
At 3:31 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

G, so that means you're on top of the smart hill! At least you're not mouthing off at the stupid folks. I really hate when my brain just won't move on, I 'm certain you can relate! Thanks

 
At 9:56 PM, Blogger Blonde Chick said...

just a thought, but you might want to throw a watermark or something on the images you put up here so ppl can't steal them... they are wonderful!

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Thanks MB! Unfortunately I hate watermarks effect of wrecking the feel of the image. I retain the original san-cards, plus dated puter files to prove ownership. I wonder how I'd go about taking folks to court for that, n if I'd make a bundle of cash if they do...

btw- I can only do notes n comments on your new blog from BBM's machine- mine keeps freezing on tumblr

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Hey, Snaggle. That's a magnificent sky. Glad you didn't turn around, and got the shot. The lighting just last seconds, eh? What a beautiful phenomenon.

People do come at others from all kinds of different directions. I hope you are on to happier moments now.

I agree on power lines really marring shots. She obviously would not be much of a photographer in my opinion. Probably is not a happy person.

Sending hugs from Austin.

xoxo

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Jannie Funster said...

Oh, I forgot to mention if you want to get caught up in the Flash 55 or the DVerse madness, you'll see some blog traffic. But can be hard to keep up with.

I wonder if on Blogger you can put tags on your photos? Would that bring in traffic by people searching for images. Just a thought.

xo

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger desk49 said...

Why let something like that bug you?

As Ann would have said. Tell them.

Will thank you. I'll think about it.

Now you have climb to the top of the hill just not the one they were talking about.

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

JanF, I thought so too- Sometimes you can leave too early to catch the rare effect of- after the sun is all down, some bright sunlight rays reach the front of the clouds at a steep angle for the "Silver lining" a few seconds- if other clouds don't block the direction to allow it. Sunsets are a morph, n I have so many shots of the differences as the moments pass from different angles. Thanks

JanF, I'll never be good at scheduling poetry writing, so I don't, n let it be spontaneous. I know I can't keep up with it! Just not happy trying to force it out... Or belonging to those groups.
Working full-time also gets in the way of blog time majorly- I'm jealous of folks who get to blog at work! Thanks anyhow

Ellis! I have missed you n been wondering if you were doing ok-
Didn't want it to bother me, but it did! You got it- I won't just cause she said too! Dangerous up there now. Alot of dangling limbs, downed trees over paths, n displaced bees- will wait for the fall frosts to at least slow down the bees! Thanks

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

My dad used to "suggest" photo ideas to me. He had no artistic bones in his body, so they were always laughably bad ideas, and I spent years finding nice ways to politely dismiss them. Or shoot them, anyway just to make him happy.

What I wouldn't give to have him nattering in my ear, even just once.

Life...

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...

Hi Carmi, I know that feeling! Mostly about my Mother's phone calls when she always seemed to know what I should be doing differently... Turns out I sorely miss the contact n her voice- Seems we don't realize true value of advice until we can't get any! Good point-
Thanks for visiting again

 

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