Fuji x100, 1/4 sec at f/2.0, ISO 1600

Last night I was driving home from my friend Pamela’s house, it was around 1:00 am, and I saw these construction barriers set up with their blinking lights and the sprinklers watering the grass all around them. It was such a mundane scene, yet for some reason I just had to pull over and photograph it (I’m kind-of a sucker when it comes to back-lit sprays of water). So I parked my car lot, grabbed my camera and tried out a few angles before settling on this one.

The spot I was standing for this photo (which I probably stood in for at least a minute) had a stream of water jetting right at my leg. My entire left leg of my jeans was completely soaked when I was finished, and the ironic thing was that as I walked away I previewed my shot and knew I didn’t quite have it. So I went back, stood in the “line of fire” of the sprinkler for another minute (getting soaked) to get a better angle. I even waited for cars to drive by so I could get some more lights to show up in the background.

Yeah, I’m definitely a photographer … not that I needed a random experience like this one, along with standing in in a stream of water while photographing, to solidify that fact, but it definitely made me chuckle at myself. I half expected a police car to drive by and ask me what the heck I was doing (I doubt they would have believed my “beautiful construction lights and sprinklers” story). It’s no work of art, but it shows the beauty of the lights and water that I saw when I drove past, and I’m glad I stopped.