FTD: Brush with the law edition

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    It was real brush with the law today.

    I went out at lunchtime today to drop off some dry cleaning and on the way back, I stopped at the local village hall/police station building. There was an inflatable Easter bunny in front of the village hall half of the building that I considered doing a facedown in front of. Bright sun, a pile of rocks and a padlocked bike blocking my shot made me reconsider. On the other side of the building there were police cars parked. Black and white police cars. I considered what I was wearing - black and white - and thought it would be perfect for a FDT shot.

    As I got my gear all ready, I wondered if it was okay to be doing this. Sure it is. All I have to do is quickly set my tripod on the ground, compose, take a quick test shot and then get in position, shoot, done. I ended up taking a couple more shots than I planned, but finished and grabbed my tripod and walked back to my car.

    But before I reached my car, this guy who had been sitting in another parked car came out and asked me what I was doing and that "they" said that I needed to go inside and talk to someone at the desk. So, I went inside to one window and she didn't know anything about it. Then the guy from the parking lot directed me to another window. I approached it and explained to the woman that I was taking pictures for a photo project. She told me to wait there for the sergeant.

    So I waited. And breathed deep. And waited. And calmed myself. Okay, so maybe I'll just have to delete the shots I just took. Breathe. Not such a big deal, right? Breathe. Well, wait, maybe I shouldn't delete my images. Breathe some more.

    The sergeant finally came out. I asked him if I wasn't supposed to be taking pictures. He said that it was okay, but he said that someone said that I was laying under the car. They were worried that I was putting a bomb or something under there! Yikes! I tried to remain calm and explained as briefly and as matter-of-factly as I could about FDT. I explained that I was only laying in front of the car and offered to show him my shots, which he did want to see. He said that someone else was doing that recently. (What? A local FDT'er that I don't know about??!)

    I then breathed a big sigh of relief and left. The guy and his car were gone. I don't know if he was on the force or just Mr. Private Citizen who reported something he found suspicious.

    Would I do it again? Sure. Anything for FDT. ;)


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    1. ifixfones1 [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      Wait, you haven't done this before have you?

    2. Stacie was here... 37 months ago | reply

      Oh dear! I am imagining you 'splainin FDT to a cop! :) You rock the public-who-gives-a-heck face-down!

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    3. ~ cynthiak ~ 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you all! I feel your encouragement when I'm out there! ;)
      I'm taking that as a compliment! ;)
      That's an idea! ;)
      Is there really any other way than matchy matchy? xo
      I love this.."an important world-wide art movement and that we are making history"! I will definitely use that from now on!
      I'll definitely have to expand my emergency service facedowns!
      Heather, just do it! Seriously. You set up your shot. Take a couple of test shots. Use the timer or remote (or both) and take one shot. It's over in a heartbeat. It's exhilerating!
      I had not noticed that before. I will have to examine this...
      I was going with natural desaturation with this, but I will try converting to B&W when I get home. Thanks for the suggestion!
      Facedowns, yes. Cop cars, I don't think so. I did a firetruck before.

    4. pikespice 37 months ago | reply

      Anything for FDT. Nice impulsive idea.

    5. ~ cynthiak ~ 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks, David!! ;)

    6. ~Craig~ 37 months ago | reply

      It's been many many years since I was face down next to a squad car.

    7. talesfromtheplain 37 months ago | reply

      You are a superstar! Stella effort, Cyn!

    8. ChernobylBob 37 months ago | reply

      You are such a bad-ass law breaker... Some time in chokey would have been worth it for this...

    9. sparkleplenty_fotos 37 months ago | reply

      you win.

      man, now I gotta go do something worthy of getting stopped by the cops!!!

    10. ~ cynthiak ~ 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Craig! Glad to say this was my first time laying face down next to a squad car! ;)
      Thanks, Nic!
      Thanks, Matt! Time in the chokey would have been better than going back to work!
      Thanks, Debbie! ;) Can't wait to see what you come up with! Next time I'm out east, we're going to have to make some trouble!

    11. lookingthroughjeffslens 37 months ago | reply

      .... excellent Cynthia.... tell them to stop being so paranoid.

    12. ~ cynthiak ~ 37 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Jeff!

    13. VisualValor 37 months ago | reply

      Glad you didn't have to delete your shot! I followed a fire engine to a house fire once and an officer approached me and started asking questions (almost accusing me of the fire). He asked how can a camera take photos at night and said that people who start fire return to the scene of the crime. Told him the real fire starter is out there and that it's not me.

    14. ~ Helen ~ 37 months ago | reply

      oooh, well done! I would not be brave enough to do this!

    15. tumbleweed.in.eden 37 months ago | reply

      you get a pink star for bravery!!

    16. Nicola Bernardi 36 months ago | reply

      Ahaha, real scratch for a real masterpiece :)
      Great facedown!
      [Catching up with last week's updates, sorry for this late comment!]

    17. SooSee.Q 36 months ago | reply

      awesomeness! I can't believe i missed this last week, and then the end of the week when i catch on stuff i was so busy. love this, and the story, and of course the experience!!

    18. Downhillmonkey 36 months ago | reply

      aaahhh! hahah! That is splendid! My heart was beating just reading about it! White shirt on dirty ground! Yay for the dedication! :)

    19. Blacksheep of Omaha 36 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Way to keep your cool under adverse conditions!!!

    20. Notkalvin 27 months ago | reply

      This is awesome! Another FDer referred me to this because of mine today.

      My son did a FD in front of a police station, but we went in first and told the desk sergeant. He was fine with it.

      HFDT 9 months late.

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