Explore the Unfamiliar

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Exploring the unfamiliar is a crucial strategy in learning to take better pictures. If I didn’t step out of my proverbial comfort zone from time to time, I’d have little in my photo archive but macro flower shots and family holiday pictures. Periodically I take my camera to events like parades and carnivals so I can stretch my perspective.

Today I share pictures I took of an event to which I was truly an outsider. The shots have age to them now, nine years actually. I had the opportunity to take pictures of the Blessing of the Bikes in Lima. I have very little in common with the folks in these pictures, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this experience.

It didn’t matter than I knew almost nothing about this hobby (to some, a way of life, really). No one “called me out” for being alien to this subculture. By the way, when I met my husband, he was wearing a DILLIGAF trucker’s cap, and I presumed the logo belonged to a business started by someone whose last name was Dilligaf. I even wondered what country gave birth to the Dilligaf clan.

Clicking on the picture (or this link) will show my Flickr photo album of this event:

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