Today's story exemplifies why I prefer to take most of my pictures in the privacy of my own home even though I'm rapidly running out of interesting things to shoot. I finally got up the nerve to leave the house and take a photograph in a public place and what happened? I was approached by the store's manager to ask what I was doing. Turns out the place was recently robbed so she thought I was either with the insurance company or scouting it out for another robbery. I did a piss poor job of explaining myself, mumbling something about a photography project and stopped just short of launching into a lengthy explanation of lens flare. To top it off I even referred to the Santa I was photographing as a snowman. Twice. That's how flustered I was. I'm so glad that at least one of the photos I took before she scared me off turned out to be usable. At least now, assuming I ever get the nerve up to photograph in public again, I've had some practice at how *not* to act when someone dares speak to me. Silly me.
I'm not sure if the editing I did on the photo has actually improved it but as it looked rather plain initially I added a little focal zoom thanks to Picnik, focusing in on Santa and his reindeer. Or are they snowmen?
Theme: lens flare