Inspired by Gary France's idea of a taking a photo of yourself on the centre-line of a road on May 1st is quite the challenge in the middle of a busy urban centre. You are taking your life in your own hands as you try to find a safe place to dart out on the street.
I woke up with the sun and found myself heading out very early on a sunny Sunday morning. One thing about living in the centre of a large city is that most well travelled roads are separated by either a boulevard, or a cement strip in the median.
Secondary roads with a centre-line are well separated from traffic signals and the traffic is, more or less, continuous as there are no large breaks of traffic. I decided to head down to Granville Street and play frogger using the traffic lights and try to time my entrance
Those cars travelling towards me are probably doing over the 60 km/hour speed limit. I try to snag 3 shots and get out of there ASAP .
I am trying to find a better spot and I finally end up with this silhouette
I decide to turn into the sun to grab this self-portrait
I have some ideas for another photo but I need a human shutter release for what I had in mind. Even with remote controls there was no place to set up a camera and tripod in the middle of the street
The weather for this weekend was forecast to be very sunny and warm so I decided to put my 'vette on the road. Saturday afternoon found myself cleaning and polishing the car in anticipation of a Sunday ride
I'm not really a fanatic when it comes to keeping a car clean but I had to get rid of the dust that had accumulated since last October
I spent a couple of hours re-applying Maguires Nxt Gen booster wax and the wheels looked so dirty I just had to get out the soap and water to clean the wheels again
We went south into the country and found a restaurant about an hour away
This place was a stone's throw from the US border. All the while I was still scouting for that allusive centre-line photo, now that I had my human remote control shutter release with me. Some things you just can't do by yourself
After a hearty meal we set off for points east . . . and I finally found a spot to get my centre-line photo
(Mrs Skoot = Human shutter release)