Capturing the fall colors while the leaves were still on the trees was part of my autumn bucket list this year. Although October was jam packed with trips and work, I headed out one afternoon for a couple of hours to walk around campus with my camera.
I met an interesting person within the first five minutes of my fall color photo shoot. He was carrying a DSLR, and when he stopped to ask me about my camera, I figured he was just interested. My camera was hanging around my neck, and he grabbed it to play around the settings, then asked me why I hadn’t put the lens cap on a certain way and why I was using the lens I was using. The conversation ended by him saying condescendingly to me, “Great job, pat on the back.” Now, by no means am I anything but an amateur beginning photographer. But I enjoy taking pictures, and I bought a fancy new camera so I could learn how to use it. I like it when people show me how to use the camera correctly, but I hate it when people talk to me condescendingly. I am not a child, and I don’t care for another adult to patronize me, especially an adult with whom I didn’t really want to have a conversation in the first place. I also don’t like when people grab things that are attached to me without asking first. It feels invasive and intrusive. Unfortunately, this incident put me in a somewhat foul mood for the afternoon, but it was impossible to keep my mood from lifting after seeing the beautiful trees around campus.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the afternoon. Hope you enjoy this taste of autumn in Chicago!
Have you ever had a weird experience with someone who wanted to talk to you to tell you that you’re doing everything wrong?