There is an old documentary photographer's adage, "F8 and be there".
Back in early photo days - early-mid 1900s - most documentary photographers used similar lenses and b/w film stocks that would call for an aperture of F8 in common situations. The key to getting a great or important photo was having your camera ready (film loaded & lens aperture set to F8), and just being there to get the shot --> F8 and be there!
I believe - and you may feel the same way - not all interesting photographs are necessarily "photographically" special. With some photos, it's just that the subject is interesting, not that the photographer did something artistically or technically skilled or innovative; s/he was just there to get the shot.
Sure, you always want decent exposure, focus, composition/framing - but sometimes, it's largely about the content.
Often, it just comes down to being there with whatever camera you happen to have on you - which in this day and age is often a camera phone. For the last 20 years, I've always had some camera on me - whether my 1982 35mm Canon AE-1, several Pentax 35mm point-n-shoots, and then eventually my Canon digital S90 (til it got stolen). After that, the camera phone has taken over as my everyday "be there" camera. My current camera phone is the now pretty outdated iPhone 3GS (soon to be replaced with something current).
With that said, I present a simple, but interesting, image (as seen through the dirty scratched lens of my iPhone 3GS).
Whoever first answers my question about the photo (SEE BELOW FOR QUESTION) will WIN a Prize
QUESTION: Whose display is this?
PRIZE: 8x10 print of any one of my photos posted here on Zenfolio or elsewhere online that I have images posted. See "Portfolio" and "Fine Art" drop down menu near top left, for links to various galleries & images.
HINT: It is in San Diego, CA (whose Pride Parade is coming up this Saturday July 18.)
HINT #2: It's in North Park
TELL ME your GUESS: in the Comments section down below
Happy Pride weekend, everyone!
Stay Tuned (Be There): for future GuessIt contests.