I spend a few hours of my day in traffic. It's a fact of life where I live. One day I saw a bicyclist in my side mirror and he zoomed by me a second later as I sat at a standstill.
It struck me funny and I wondered how many good pictures I miss because I am zoned out like all the others sitting in their cars? How many cool things pass by me every day and I don't even notice it because of the music I have playing or some talk radio or podcast?
So, i decided to turn off all of that and put my Yashi in my lap...prefocused to about 7 feet or so. How quickly could I grab it, compose and shoot.
How quick off the line could I be?
I kept glancing in the side mirrors, looking for the bikes and I almost missed the Triumph that idled up next to me. I heard it, put the camera up to my eye and the light turned green. I saw him throttle up and start lifting his feet up and I had the shot...I wanted the "Keiths" sign there, but I wanted him at the edge of the frame, on his way out.
I love that the Electro sees what I see.
I love that my pre-focus is getting better.
I love that when I put it up to my eye I can focus quicker than I thought I could...
...and that it's in focus.
Quick off the line, and a great bike and traffic wasn't so bad anymore.
Shot with a Yashica Electro 35 GS, f/5.6 or so, on Ilford XP2 expired (2004) film.