Photo 135 out of 365 – New York Through a Rain-Speckled Taxicab Window

"New York Through a Rain-Speckled Taxicab Window" - ISO 1600, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, 50mm lens

I took this photo last night from the back seat of a taxicab – the final leg of my trip home from Faye’s bachelorette weekend. After two nights of partying and little sleep, the rainy, cool gray day made me wish more than ever that I could click my heels and magically be home hibernating on my couch.  No such luck.  After a car ride to New Rochelle, a train ride to Grand Central and a taxi ride to the East Village, I arrived home after five and a half hours of hungover travel.  Fun. This photo seemed to be an appropriate representation of my day.  I love the way the light reflects in the water droplets on the window and I also like the bokeh (photography word I’ve learned over the past few months).  In wikipedia – bokeh is defined as:

…the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”  Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting— “good” or “bad” bokeh, respectively.

When I got home, I remembered I had only two hours left to submit some work to a photography competition a friend told me about.  I only found out about the competition on Friday – but it sounded great so I signed up and paid the submission fee right when I arrived at MGM on Friday evening.  I figured I’d get home on the earlier side on Sunday and could complete the submission then. Bad idea… I got home at six and the deadline was at eight and I had no idea how to edit down to my favorite five photos!  I proceeded to have a mini breakdown – thank god for my sweet husband who helped me pick out some favorites and helped me write my “artist statement”.  I was in no condition to be expressing who I am as an artist at that moment – my brain was having a complete meltdown.   But – as a husband/wife duo, we got it done and submitted at seven forty-nine… eleven minutes to spare.  Now that’s love.

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