With my latest fall day spent in Central Park coming to a close, I was finishing up my meandering path which started at the most southern edge of the park, and was going to end at it's most northern - the gateway to Harlem. Just as there is a large pond (photographed a million times before, by a million different people) that welcomes you into the park on 60th street, so too is there a large pond that bids you goodbye on the way out - the Harlem Meer.
As I was walking down the road that circles the Meer I spotted two woman cleaning bags of beans in the lake. Just loving to capture images that one doesn't normally expect to find in our urban jungle, I sidled over and recorded the scene, a task made rather difficult because of the bright sunlight in my eyes. Even looking through the viewfinder didn't help all that much. The sun was so bright that looking at the first shot of her on my superb high resolution rear screen, couldn't clue me in as to whether the shot was a success or not. But I didn't need to look at this image on the screen to know that my bean cleaning friend was too heavily back lit to take the shot as is, so I popped up my built in flash and captured this photo just as she was finishing up. Looking into the sunlight my aim wasn't perfect, but luckily I just barely managed to not cut off her hand and basket, as there was no time for a retake.
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