The Dallas Photo Walk MeetUp Group (now defunct) met up at the Dallas Farmer’s Market yesterday. I wasn’t really feeling it, I didn’t think, but I ended up getting a couple of shots that I’m really happy with.

The older gentleman with the cane is the first successful from-the-hip shot I’ve made. I loved the color of his coat and pants, and the sheen that they gave off in the morning sun.

And the girder and vine and nice blue sky is one of the first straight-out-of-camera pictures I’ve shared since switching to Lightroom and calibrating my monitor. I don’t quite know what it is, but everything just seems to work in it.

Anyways. Farmer’s Market security was out in force, and apparently a Dallas Police Officer told some fellow photowalkers that amateur photographers must have a permit—and could and would be given citations for shooting in the Market without a permit—despite Farmer’s Market website policy that invites all shooters of any skill level to shoot at will throughout the market (this policy has since been taken down), so I expect 1) that there will be some emails and phone calls made to various official-types and 2) that I personally will never again visit the Market, with deepest apologies to the vendors. I myself was asked if I planned to make any pictures or video in one of the market stalls by a security guard, to which I replied “Only if I see something worth making a picture of.” She didn’t find that amusing and so I told her thanks very much, but I would be taking my camera and money elsewhere. She also did not find that amusing, and invited me to stick around and spend money, as long as I didn’t make any pictures. I laughed sarcastically, walked off, chatted with another MeetUper—who had a run-in with the same guard—and we both agreed it was time to go-and-never-return, and so we both left for greener pastures.

D7000. Sigma 30mm f/1.4. ISO100, various shutter speeds (AP mode), f/1.4, -1EV. Most received less than 1 minute of slider play in Lightroom 4.

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