In the Summertime


My summer.

In the summertime.

This picture does it for me. This is what I meant by a summertime picture.  My pal in France liked yesterday’s picture of a tree and said that was summer to her. I think that’s a good place filler. A place to get started. A place to wrap my mind around what comes next.

But.

This picture. This is what’s in my mind’s eye. Or, something like it. A hot summer day after a heavy rainfall. A kid on a bicycle. A passing train. A school bus in my rearview mirror. Even a little piece of me. This picture.

Yeah. Sure. If it’s summer, what’s a school bus doing in the picture? It takes a caption to explain that this bus serves a private school and they are having summer camp and workshops.

I came to make this picture in a roundabout way, and by luck. I was running errands. I was a bit late. I took a shortcut. A shortcut that turned out to take more time than if I went the long way around. You know. Railroad crossings. This one is particularly nasty because the trains that pass through are long. People are in a hurry, drive around the gate and… never do that. Ever.

So. There I sat. Being patient. I started looking for pictures. The kid and his buddies peddled around the corner so fast that I almost didn’t react. Luck was with me. Photographer’s luck. Luck that was trained into me for years and years. As I tell photo-blocked folks, pick up your camera, open your door and go outside. Take a walk. I’m pretty sure a picture will find you.

The only down side to this picture is the file. I made it on my super duper smart phone. I did no work on the phone. I downloaded it to my main machine. I processed it in OnOne. The software calculates and creates data about all data. This picture’s file size is 42.8 megs. Sheesh, my first DSLR made a 6 meg file.

That’s the story of what I think is my first summer project picture. Accidental to be sure.

Then I left town.

That’s a story for another day.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

12 thoughts on “In the Summertime

  1. Ah yes now this is another summer image. A bygone world of childhood memories, scuffed knees and summer camp fun. With a very loose connection…a time before my bad back. Talking if backs now..I saw an oestopath who cracked my back. Very scary but it’s worked. I still have a sore back but not the excruciating trapped nerve issues. And can sort of bend better. And I can still ride my bike..so your image is perfect.

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    1. Exactly. I’m trying to revisit my youth. I need a summer sports picture. I need either a pick up baseball game or a stickball game, which is like baseball but played with a broomstick and a pink rubber call. To make that picture I’d have to be in NYC.

      That won’t work with my back. I’ve seen the x-rays. Soft tissue gone in three vertibrae and also on the outer edge of the spine.

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      1. I am taking tomorrow off to rest back. Not easy but god don’t I know it if I have been overambitious. Migraine trigger too. Well as long as you can trundle out with that camera and focus on the world…

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