It’s Time (Friday Fictioneers)

Friday Fictioneers (3-16-18) PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

It’s Time (Fiction word count: 100)

Again.

Teenager used camera and left it outside.

Angry thoughts clicked while folding the tripod.

 

“Sorry I left the camera out, but guess what mom?

I captured that fox!

Well… at first I left the lens on – but then I did the ‘rip and grip’ and captured’em running – caught a bokeh effect – from the porch lights….!

 

Am I in trouble?

 

“Actually – get your jacket.

It’s time to buy you some gear. We’ll start with a nifty 50.

Also, we need to talk about sloppy habits – you CANNOT leave gear outside.”

 

Okay mom, I promise to try to focus better.

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Author Notes

Grip and rip (and spray and pray) refers to taking as many shots of one subject as possible in order to get one or two sharp – or awesome – images (more info here and here).

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70 thoughts on “It’s Time (Friday Fictioneers)

    1. soooo NICE to “see” you Sreejith! and you should check out Friday Fictioneers- I read along for years (well on and off) before joining in – so nice to read such short pieces – my kind of fiction.

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  1. Prior, as a parent of a teenager who is rather absent minded, I loved and related to this. So true to life. Thanks for introducing me to Grip and rip (and spray and pray). I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of these before, but I did my photography training pre digital when you tried to get it right the first time and bracketed shots and couldn’t afford to take randoms on the hope something might work. I have felt that while we now have loads more photos, that most aren’t really worth having and even stuff I see printed in newsletters etc is poor. I am using the phone on my camera more now than I used to, but it still feels like having both hands tied behind my back. Nothing like using an SLR!
    BTW that’s a great photo of the fox. Love it.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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  2. My friend Andrew is a photographer. If he read this, he’d likely rip his hair out. He hates the grip and rip method. But this was a good story. It gave a different feeling. Well done!

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    1. thanks very much, Miles. And I know a few photographers that would cringe with your friend Andrew – lol
      and thx for the comment and visit

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  3. Not all parents would be so receptive. Then again, I imagine the child’s enthusiasm had a lot to do with it! And yes… bloody hell… FOCUS and put your stuff away! Can you tell I have to repeat that ad nauseum here?

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    1. yes- she sees the potential – and maybe a little selfishly motivated cos if he has his own gear hers will be left alone – 🙂

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    1. thanks draliman – and I know sometimes these play on words is too obvious – but I was going for obvious (I guess – it is a little blurry now) – jk

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  4. Nice 🙂 And I love the last line “Okay mom, I promise to try to focus better.” Teen years might be the most confusing: a bricolage of purpose and indistinctness 🙂

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  5. A lovely teaching moment. The teenager has talent and interest, and even though he messed up in leaving the equipment out, his mom wants to encourage that. Of course, with the caveat that the teen learns to be responsible. Nice job! =)

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    1. Brenda – thanks so much for the detailed comment – and sometimes we do not even mean to put that into our writing – it sorta just happens.
      :)_

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  6. What a great parental reaction. At once ticking them off for being irresponsible and encouraging them to continue with something in which they have talent. Great story

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    1. thanks for catching the transition. A bit angered to then problem solving with health in mind – never perfection – but loving and trying and not taking life too seriously (let’s lighten up and just enjoy and love more…)

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  7. Great use of language. A dialogue we can all relate to. And I expect once the teenage has their own gear, they’ll be less likely to leave it outside in the elements.

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    1. Hi Sarah Ann, hopefully that will be the case – or maybe if they forget and it gets damaged the “loss” will have an impact that leads to mindfulness.
      I once heard a lady say that she lost her purse only once – it was so scary and costly – she hold her purse closely and is ever so mindful – sometimes that big event is a good thing

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  8. I hope he at least got into trouble for his negligence but at least it’s good he has a hobby he can be really interested in and good at. I’m happy that you’ve improved me vocabulary. Now I know what a bokeh effect is

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    1. well thanks for reading – and glad to intro the term bokeh to you – although it feels tired and old over here – seems like it was over talked about in some of my circles in 2016-2017….
      oh and thanks for reading and commenting

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    1. ahhhh – well she is not perfect and she arrived at this point (all fiction here – ;))
      but she arrived here with lessons learned and with the ongoing aim to improve and work at democratic and loving parenting style (as opposed to permissive or overly authoritarian).

      🙂

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