I can't recall the last time I actively went in search for wild life. I happened across this cattle egret in the late evening sun in Fairmount Park. See the other two pictures taken within 30 feet of this spot.

Don’t overlook those places everyone frequents for their pictures


I can't recall the last time I actively went in search for wild life. I happened across this cattle egret in the late evening sun in Fairmount Park. See the other two pictures taken within 30 feet of this spot.

I can’t recall the last time I actively went in search for wild life. I happened across this cattle egret in the late evening sun in Fairmount Park. See the other two pictures taken within 30 feet of this spot.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop making pictures.

When my cameras were burned to a crisp inside a bus where I narrowly escaped with my life in Los Angeles, I was sick to my stomach for weeks.

The camera bodies that were incinerated were motorized Minolta XD7s with a complement of lenses and flash units.

I remember being in a shuttle bus with about 18 other Singapore Airline cabin crew members on our way from the Bonaventure Hotel to LAX when smoke filled the cabin.

Here's another picture made maybe 20 feet away from the first picture you saw. The cotton candy vendor appeared suddenly and before I knew it, I was out of position to keep him backlit against the stand of trees.

Here’s another picture made maybe 20 feet away from the first picture you saw. The cotton candy vendor appeared suddenly and before I knew it, I was out of position to keep him backlit against the stand of trees.

The driver had barely enough time to pull over to let us out on the 5 freeway.

By the time the fire department arrived, the bus was fully engulfed in flames.

I moped for weeks and mourned my loss but I replaced those Minolta’s with Canon F-1s and I never looked back.

After college when I landed my job as a staff photographer and I made pictures daily, I always believed there was always room for improvement.

This red trees is only red during certain times of the year. If I were more motivated, I'd look up the name of this tree. I might still. This picture was taken on a different day but very close to the same time.

This red trees is only red during certain times of the year. If I were more motivated, I’d look up the name of this tree. I might still. This picture was taken on a different day but very close to the same time.

There is a strange mindset in news photography: an unwritten mantra that said you’re only as good as the picture you took today.

That set an impossibly high standard which meant I had to always be making photographs daily.

It’s so ingrained in me now that I feel incomplete and listless if I haven’t peered into a viewfinder after a day or two.

So every chance I get, I drive by one of my favorite parks especially if it’s late in the evening.

It doesn’t bother me that everyone heads here to take pictures.

It’s not a contest.

It’s about me, my camera and what I can see and find.

Early in the morning would be a good change as well since the light will be different but it doesn’t work for me for now.

I’m on chauffeur duty. I have to take my kids to school.

Where do you go with your camera?
Peter Phun Photography

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2 thoughts on “Don’t overlook those places everyone frequents for their pictures”

  1. Mary, how nice of you to stop by! It’s kind of tough to make time for photography that’s why I’m a firm believer of having a camera with me all the time. By camera, I don’t mean the venerable smartphones. They work great but lack depth-of-field controls. Perhaps your hubby needs his own camera then he won’t be feeling neglected. ;)

  2. Re: Don’t overlook those places everyone frequents for their pictures, LUV your story and lovely photos! I would take my camera w/me but sometimes, my attention is taken away from time w/my hubby and so he asks me to leave my camera home. Then again, I see a photo op that I missed. :( Oh well, hubby is so good to me that it is worth a missed opportunity for photo. :)

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