Tuesday Viewsday XXIII

I’ve done a lot of writing and rambling lately and I thought it would be good to give you guys a break. Have no fear, though… I’ll still have a story and an image to share today.

Whiskey Sermon

Whiskey Sermon

The image you see here is one of the first photos I ever took with my first dSLR, my trusty Nikon D40X. What’s the “X” for? Glad you asked… simply put, I had the upgraded sensor of a D60, but inside the D40 camera body. This sensor allowed me to shoot with the 10.2 megapixel resolution, but pay the price for a D40. I soon picked up my second Nikon, a real D60.

“Whiskey Sermon” was also one of the first images I ever snapped with my first Nikon flash, an SB600, which I still have and use regularly. At the time, I had no clue about off-camera lighting, but I had a sync cable, a Stofen (a small diffuser that fits on the end of the flash), and the knowledge of how to put them together. That made me dangerous and with a lot of light in my tiny black “boomstick.”

The subject is my friend, Patrick. It was a typical Friday night during the year after college, hanging out at the local dive bar with friends and trying our best to drown out the looming feeling that the real world was right outside the tavern door. I was wearing my favorite hat, a replica of the hat Johnny Depp wore as Raoul Duke in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” one of my all-time favorite movies and characters.

During one particular drunken outburst of song from the entire bar, Pat grabbed the hat off my head and ran around with it on. He quickly sat down next to me on a bar stool, slammed part of his beer down his throat, and continued to sing. I couldn’t help snapping a photo and, to be honest, this remains one of my favorites. The image is so candid that the moment is captured in its entirety; you can sense the fun, the joy, the revelry that was going on around us. Plus it’s always good for a chuckle too!

So what about you? Any particular fun evenings with friends and libations you want to share? Share your story in the comments.

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