‘Good God!’ he said, ‘What have you got in here? Those must be bloody heavy sandwiches.’
‘It’s the cakes, biscuits and wine,’ she said, ‘then there’s the corkscrew, glasses and plates.’
He looked at her to see if she were serious.
‘Don’t be daft!’ she said, most of the weight and bulk is the camera, filters and so on.’
‘Of course,’ he said, ‘What else would it have been knowing you?’
The conversation between them on the train was easy and comfortable. She relaxed. She’d never really asked him much about himself before. She was still puzzled why there was no mention of a girlfriend – or boyfriend if he swung that way, though she doubted it. She had knocked around with people at university who’d been gay and was sure that she had a fairly reliable gaydar. She didn’t probe and he didn’t volunteer any information along those lines.
She’d been going to walk to the bridge, but he insisted on getting them a taxi.
‘More time for you to take photos,’ he said, and she was happy to agree in this instance.
Neither of them had seen the Humber Bridge before with its impressive span and, when they got out of the taxi, they just gawped for a moment.
‘That is quite some bridge,’ he said.
‘Oh my God,’ she said in agreement.
Jamie’s luggage had comprised a small shopping bag and, from it, he took out a small point-and-shoot camera, pointed it in the general direction of the bridge and clicked the shutter. When he turned to look at her, to see if she was doing the same, he saw that she was almost bent double, creased with laughter.
‘What?’ he said.
‘Jamie,’ she said, ‘you sell some of the highest specification cameras in existence. Has no-one ever shown you how to photography scenes like this with them?’
He shook his head.
“When you’ve been out on Group weekends, do you never watch how the members go about their shots?’
‘Not really,’ he said, ‘I just want to make sure that everyone has everything they need and to sort out the transport.’
‘Come with me,’ she ordered him.
She showed him how to scout out the area and to appraise the option for the most promising aspects such as light, windspeed and direction, foreground, interesting angles and so forth. Having chosen a viewpoint with him, she explained what factors would determine the settings she would use and how she was going to set up her camera. All of this before she even removed her backpack from her shoulders.
In keeping with this blog episode, I’m posting a photo from the archives – one that I took in Hull of the Humber Bridge
I used my Pentax K-1 36 MB full-frame camera ay 1/100 seconds at f/11 and 24 mm. The ISO was 100. The shot was tripod-mounted and post-processed in Lightroom.