It may be work - it may be play – but whatever it is, to see it is to believe it

Some mean person, sometime, is going to want you to do some real work. If you are at all like me, you have already had your fill of work. It started when you were very young. It kept on getting more and more, and worse and worse as the years piled up (and on...). Folks used to tell you, “If you want to eat, you will have to WORK.” That sort of stuff is still ringing in our ears, isn't it?

Today was a day on which I wanted to play – not work.

Everything started off OK this morning. There was a nice big cup of hot coffee followed by an assault with one life-saving pill after another. It used to be that those pills were all vitamins, but the family doctor contends that it is of importance that I swallow all sorts of other kinds of pills, too – little ones, big ones, white pills, yellow pills, pink pills (yes, really), and even square pills. I believe the doctor is trying to get me to undergo lots of arm exercising by way of all of the pill-hoisting. Life goes on, does it not? Pills are supposed to insure that. However, my own belief is that it is old age that is doing the trick and making the doctor think that she is the smart one.

The spoon is for the next one, the bad-tasting tonic stuff
The spoon is for the next one, the bad-tasting tonic stuff | Source

Food first, printing next, then back to the mall

I had a pleasant meeting with my buddy toward lunchtime. Being on a diet (again because of the doctor's version of things) my lunch came down to a cup of hot tea and some dry toast. The pain really hit from such a feed. It was not because the tea and toast caused gastric havoc or irritated the esophagus. It was watching my friend down a great big bowl of broccoli-cheese soup followed by his ingestion of a huge sandwich and lots of nice greasy potato chips. Pain like that is tough to endure.

We split following lunch, he going on his way and me on mine.

I was on a mission to learn how much poster-size photo prints cost at one of the office quick-print places. I learned that the office quick-print place would make large size ink-jet photo prints for me for just $7.25 per square foot of printout. They would round the price up to the next higher square foot, but that seemed to be a good price for some really large photo prints. Score 1 to me on that deal.

In addition, I wanted to visit with the manager of the big “PlazAmericas” shopping mall. That was the mall from which I had been tossed some time back. I had wanted to produce a panoramic photo of the place at that time, but they would have none of that. The manager had never responded to my eMail requesting permission to make my photos closer to the buildings. Today, there still remained a desire to get closer in to capture better detail than I had snagged after being removed to the distant public street.

Onward to the mall I went. There I met with a very pleasant mall manager lady. She looked at me (with my "Kodak" expression and that camera on my belt) and asked what it was that I was after. I was encouraged.

She even had a nice name, “Liliana.” So, having had such a fine start, I proceeded to tell Ms Liliana that I wanted to shoot some “pix” of her place from close-in. She explained that she did not want to purchase any photos, even the good photos I had boasted that I would typically be making.

The black notebook I carry in order to show off stuff and amaze my friends, enemies, and even perfect strangers
The black notebook I carry in order to show off stuff and amaze my friends, enemies, and even perfect strangers | Source

Whamo ammo

Her smile returned after I explained that it was not my intent to sell the mall any photos even though they would be superb panorama portraits of the place. It was obviously the proper moment to hit her with my real ammunition – the pano photo I had made from the sidewalk a month or so ago.

One is good, but three is much better

That is why I had carried my black notebook into her office with me. Inside were several panoramic photo printouts of her shopping mall. The first of those was a printout of the panorama on a single 8-1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper. It went from one side of the page to the other, but it was really a skinny view of the place – attractive enough, but mighty small for a great big shopping center.

After Liliana got through admiring that shrunken down work of art, I flipped the page over to the next view. It was no longer on just one sheet of paper, but on three 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheets, each one horizontally oriented so that the photograph was not “skinny” and was close to 24 inches long. That view brought some welcome and admiring comments from the fair Liliana. She asked me to tell her when I would like to stop on by and make some “better” pano photos. I had already mentioned that I would give the mall a copy of whatever I shot as long as they gave me the run of the place to shoot what I wanted to shoot.

A 3-panel view of the PlazAmericas shopping mall photographed from the public street at a long distance from the buildings
A 3-panel view of the PlazAmericas shopping mall photographed from the public street at a long distance from the buildings | Source

"You need to go to the movies..."

Liliana told me to telephone her when I was ready to roll on the project.

Then she pointed to the big computer monitor on her desk. It showed a fine color photo of the marquee of a movie theater. Liliana explained. The theater was to soon open its doors in the shopping mall, and both the mall people and the theater people could really make good use of some fine photos of the place. She agreed with me that the photo shown on her computer screen was very good, but that she thought that the kinds of photos I could make would be useful and greatly appreciated.

“Would you please run on over to the theater at the end of the mall and tell Bonnie what you do with photos and find out if you can help them?”

My mind wanted to get around that question. It quickly came to me that I might well be able to make some friends, make some “brownie points,” and open up some future opportunities by doing as Liliana asked. I wanted to see what was so special about a shopping mall movie theater, anyway. So, off I went to see “Bonnie.”

Bonnie was in the midst of being totally harassed by the commotion around her movie theater. The opening schedule calls for everything to be ready the day after tomorrow – and there is a ton of make-ready yet to be accomplished. Bonnie quickly passed me along to her big boss, Mickey. Talk about a fellow being stressed. Mickey had good control of himself, but it was obvious that he was close to jumping out of his own skin. All the same, he had the presence of mind to clear the air with me right away.

“I already have a photographer under contract.”

And, with that, he actually thought to see the last of me. Then I hit Mickey with a pretty good punch. “Liliana, that nice lady at the shopping mall's main office, thought that you might be able to use some good panoramic photos of your new theater, Mickey.. As I stand here and see what it is that you are putting together, like this really huge refreshment hall, the children's section, and all of the other things that you have built here, I believe that some great panorama photos of all of this would be useful to you in whatever you intend for your publicity releases now and down the line.”

Mickey could see that this indoor 180-degree wide panoramic photo was done with room lighting - and that made the bells ring between his ears
Mickey could see that this indoor 180-degree wide panoramic photo was done with room lighting - and that made the bells ring between his ears | Source

Yes, seeing is believing

Mickey asked me to please come on back to his new theater and make some of those great big pano photos that both he and I can use. Mickey is to be made happy because I am not going to charge him for the photos. I am going to be made happy because his theater photos are going to be front and center in my “show-off” notebook.

I may later decide to commercialize these panoramic photo skills. The outside-inside panorama photos of Mickey's place will then be a wonderful customer-grabber.

Not a bad day's worth of good fun for an amateur photo nut, right?

It was obvious that the old saying is still very true - “Seeing is believing.” In these two instances, seeing those interesting panoramic photographs caused my two new contacts to want more from me than, at first, they expected to want.

For me, it was the showing that made a super-believer of me. I intend to stuff that black notebook full of “seeing-is-believing” photos. Then, if I ever decide to really get on with the selling of the kinds of photos I now know how to produce, there will be plenty of pictures in the notebook to make believers of any intended customers.

I had a tough time making this giant panorama print

Into that black notebook went a new printout of the panorama of a retail showroom - a pano printout covering a whole 360 degrees - "start here-go all the way around - wind up right back where you started."

The original required so many sheets of printer paper that the final paste-up covered more than eight feet in length. Here is a quickie photo of the printout (inside my messy little office). The printout was so very long there was not enough space in the office to allow a single photo to be made of the thing. Instead, I made a panorama of the panorama. How about that?


Here it is.

An uncropped, 5-photo panorama of an 8-foot-long printout of a  wall-to-wall indoor panorama. Folded inside of the black notebook, it is ready to show to anyone who doesn't run away from me and my wild photo enthusiasm.
An uncropped, 5-photo panorama of an 8-foot-long printout of a wall-to-wall indoor panorama. Folded inside of the black notebook, it is ready to show to anyone who doesn't run away from me and my wild photo enthusiasm. | Source

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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Super images Gus and I especially love your persistence in order to get the job done! I think the results speak for themselves. You must be delighted as I am for you. Great Hub and voted up. Have a terrific day.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello Sally (sallybea) -

Thanks for the kind words, Ms Sally. Those images, being good ones of which I am proud and happy, should all be credited to the remarkably wonderful computer software which cobbled them together from the digital images produced by two really ancient cameras, both of which were given to me by a friend. I am in the process of learning how to use all of that stuff. If I told you that it was really great fun, that might be the only truthful statement I might come up with this entire day. :-)

You are 100% correct about one aspect of all of this, however. I was made happy over the forward progress of this photo education - (and my good luck to come onto that little 30-buck color ink-jet printer.

Gus :-)))


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

You and I both share a passion for good bargains and good luck too - plenty of it. Sharing some of the wonders of photography and being able to produce images which make us personally feel proud is quite something special. Never mind the other folks hey! Creativity I think comes from within and mostly we like to do for our own gratification but hell, if it pleases other people as well and they want to pay for it too, that surely must be an additional blessing! I can't tell you how delighted I am that you managed to deal with that complicated software, such a huge learning curve. You should be proud, very proud!!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello again, Sally (sallybea) -

I am not quite sure how to respond to this very kind and most welcome comment. I am reminded of the day on which my kindergarten teacher, a Miss McCarten, summoned my parents for a conference about one of my then peculiarities. She thought I had a screw loose upstairs because i was forever making "worms" of play-clay by rolling the things out on a wide windowsill in the classroom. No doubt about it, I was mighty proud of my worm-making prowess, and at such a young age, too.

My parents arrived. I grabbed my father by his hand and tugged him to "my windowsill." I pointed out my latest creation - a long, long clay worm. I asked my father how he liked my worm. He passed along a nice compliment - enough to make me very happy that I had pleased him so. I remember my father going over to Miss McCarten and telling her to not worry about his son - he simply was really good at making really long clay worms. :-)

Hard to forget moments like those, and hard to overlook such nice comments as yours.

Gus :-)))


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

You did all the right things, Gus, and I have no doubt that your panorama photographic skills are opening another successful chapter in your arsenal of multi-faceted talents. The 'PR punch' you offered Mickey was a thing of beauty, m'dear.

Do not fail to take all those wonderful medications, vitamins and et cetera - I think you will need all your strength! :)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Good Doctor bj (drbj) -

You guys are making it tough on me. Don't know exactly how I should be handling all of the comments. One of my buddies told me to "take what they give you and enjoy it - or try to get over it - whichever may be the best thing you can think of at that moment..."

To be honest with you, Good Doctor, I am looking forward to seeing what can be done to portray Mickey's great big theater deal - and it is "great big." There is something else to be considered, too. That is, how will I handle my new enemy that this photographing will create - the photographer Mickey mentioned as being "under contract." Who knows what might lurk in those waters?

As to those pills, I may just have to dream up a new board game or the like for them. I have in mind using small magnets shaped like round pills and other shapes - sort of like a "foosball game" with built-in pain relief for the loser. :-)

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Howdy Gus

You did a great job of selling your skill. That broccoli - Soup sounds mighty delicious!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Patrick (Paddyboy) -

Gotta deal with the facts here, Brother Patrick. The skill resides within those smart folks who came up with the computer software that does all of the real work involved. I am just a shaky old tripod (bipod?) pointing those old cameras toward whatever is nearby,

As for that broccoli soup, I cannot tell you how good it tasted, but I will certify that it looked mighty fine to me. If you should happen to find yourself chatting with our family doctor, it would be most neighborly of you if you would mention to her that Gus followed orders with that sorry little dry toast and a cup of tea. Thanks.

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Lol! I will do that Gus!

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