Day two found me again trying to get back to the town of Hamilton from the other side of the island but a-g-a-i-n, I left out too late and was loosing the race with the sun on another slow moving bus, a-g-a-i-n.
Finally I hopped off the bus early in a vain attempt to discover a clear sight line of the bay from a more distant location, but as I walked all along the coast I lost my favorite linen camp shirt slung over my camera bag because of the heat, and had to back track over numerous locations to look for it. Miraculously I finally found it in the dim dusk light (God answers prayers), but of course it was now even later when I got back to the middle of town than the day before. And by this time that mini Luxury cruise ship the "Silver Cloud" had slipped back out to sea, leaving a very empty dull scene in it's place. Now on the plus side, this time I DID have my tripod with me and so I walked in a lazy meandering route to the supremely colorful City Hall building I saw yesterday evening.
This edifice doubles as an art center and possibly for that reason it is lit up at night more colorfully than any other City Hall I can ever remember seeing, and with my tripod handy this time I could actually capture a picture of it. I set up on the front lawn at an angle that would take in as much of the building as possible without tilting the camera up, which would have made the building appear like it was falling over backwards. As I squeezed off a quick half dozen shots or so, I heard a lot of commotion behind me to my right. Several people were all talking at once wondering what I was doing with my fancy looking equipment. Evidently it was not common for people to take pictures of Bermuda's City Hall at night using a tripod. They need to start, it is truly worthy of it.
After I finished shooting, I figured there may be yet better angles of this building which would provide for a more pleasing composition. So with plenty of time before the next ferry, I collapsed my tripod, camera still attached, and like photographers of old, laid my equipment over my shoulder and proceeded to search for this new "better spot". However every new angle and spot proved less attractive not more. Well at least the trip around the grounds was providing me with some good exorcise on this clear peaceful night. Finally I came around to the front of the grounds and saw a view angle that held great potential. I stopped there for a few minutes to ponder if I should try to get a very low angle near the closest fountain's edge, or use a more normal eye view angle instead. Doing this brought me to the attention of 3 men - two young and one MUCH older, all speaking back and forth to each other about numerous things, and several though not all of their topics of conversation seemed to be about affairs that bordered on the low brow side of life. But in order to get the best shot from this spot I would have to stand no greater than about 2 feet to their right, hardly what I considered proper social distance from a group of people you never met, especially when one of them had obviously been drinking himself half silly. But the shot was so good I just had to have it, and so I did set up shop right next to them.
As you could guess I quickly became a topic of conversation, and rather than ignore them I enthusiastically engaged them in back and forth chit chat, even with the rather tipsy older man who told me how currently he was on the lam, having escaped from a Cuban prison! Of the many drunken tales he told me about his life this serene evening, that was one of the few I thought had half a chance of being true - and still, I continued shooting. Switching my exchange to the two younger, sober fellows, I told them I was from New York. Delighted they asked me what part? When I responded "Staten Island" I received the blank stares I fully expected to get. After talking to me some more their curiosity overwhelmed them and they asked me if they could please look in my viewfinder to see what I was trying to capture. Agreeing I switched the viewing mode to "live view" which made it easier for them to see. Duly impressed they thanked me and eventually moved on. Actually I rather enjoyed the whole experience meeting and chatting with them on this beautiful tropic evening. Ah yes, there's one more thing I got out of my little excursion around the grounds to the front of City Hall - I also captured my best shot of the entire cruise.
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