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I'm in the mood to post some new old photos, ones that I have had around for a while and not uploaded for one reason or another. I can intersperse some of our remaining Copper Canyon shots from time to time, so I'm sort of going back to normal, out of vacation mode and into "hey, look what I saw!" mode. It's more conducive to learning as some of the images will be more fresh.

Well, I said some of them - not this one!

I saw this last summer, in Chicago, Illinois at the Randolph Street Antique Market. The market was inside and out, many booths out in the parking lot for this building and two large floors of vendors inside. The building is the "Plumber's Union Hall" and the Plumber's Union probably made a pretty good penny renting it out for this event. I almost became part of the Plumber's Union some years ago. That is another story - but you ask, how does a computer geek such as myself almost get sucked into the Plumber's Union? They were trying to take over much of the service departments in a hospital where I was working, somehow the Desktop Computer Support guys got thrown into the mix. Fortunately we voted not to have them in our organization. Not without some severe brainwashing from both sides, though!

Anyway, I was waiting for my wife to catch up with me when I noticed this large mural in the stairway on one end of the building. It says along the bottom: "The Plumber Protects The Health Of The Nation", it shows a plumber standing over a drawing of downtown Chicago with the Water Tower and Buckingham Fountain within his grasp.

I liked the mural and I liked the railing and I liked the lighting, but it was boring just like that, so I waited for some folks to walk up and down the stairs so I could get them in silhouette.

It's amazing how many folks stop and try to duck or wait for you to finish taking your shot before they will venture on into (what they think) is you pov. Then it is interesting how many folks totally ignore you... Are they rude, did they not notice me? Or maybe they realized I wanted the humanity in the shot. I can't really say, but now I just say something funny like "Move along, there's nothing to see here" or "Oh man, that would have been a great shot - if you hadn't walked through the scene!" Quite often it elicits a reaction from them (in Chicago that reaction is most often a hand gesture), a smile, or maybe something else that works for my shot.

Anyway, I think that covers it for this morning. Looking back I sort of wish I had brought a tripod so I could have blurred the man descending the stairs and used a much lower ISO, but this was not something I really thought about before we went to the Antique Market. Maybe next time, though!

Have a great Wednesday!

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