The ride on the tram is rough, the smell from the diesel engine of the green colored truck that is towing 50 of us made me cough.
No, I'm not an illegal immigrant. I'm riding the tram that carries 50 visitors every hour in Yosemite National Park's Sequoia Big Trees. Therein lies one of the largest trees in the world.
A heavy set gentleman sits a mere 2 feet across me. His double chin flabs back and forth, swaying to the dance of the tram, resonating the textures of the mulch and rocks of the forest floor. He holds a large Canon SLR camera; next to it, an expensive looking watch. "1ds Mark II" is marked on the camera with a worthy looking red line drawn around the outside perimeter of the large lens. He lays the camera down on his long brownish khaki photovest that looked rather professional. He then peers down at my small green camera bag, then at my camera, examining it for a good second. He descended a quick look upon me with a slight smug, adjusting the strap on his camera at the same time, and looked away.
The tram moved faster and the ride got bumpier. We drew nearer to a dark area of the redwood forest that has an interesting dappled light dressing the redwoods and grass surrounding it. I love the light, the smell of pine cones, the busy background, grass and all. I picked up my camera and took one shot. The shutter clicked open for one-eighth of a second. My hands shook violently following the movement of the tram. After what seemed like eternity in the world of fast action photography, the shutter snapped shut loudly.
The man across me snickers to himself softly, put his hands on his camera, his lens cap is still on.
I took one more photograph. He then state in a matter-of-fact voice, "ya know, you won't get crap out of shooting in this situation
I understood what he meant and began to explain what I was doing when he interrupted me.
"Light is bad and tram moving. Never shoot in a moving vehicle like that
", he continued.
Once more, I tried to tell him....when he cut me off once again, "all those pictures you just took will just be blurry.
This smart Michellin man may be on to something !!
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