Realizing that we haven’t explored enough of our city, my family and I decided to spend our Saturday afternoon in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. It’s an older section of the city, with mixed industrial and residential areas, and lots of architectural character. One stretch features a renaissance of restaurants and shops, including a parking lot that includes the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.

As I was photographing the Airstream trailer in the background, I was initially annoyed that someone’s umbrella had pushed into my frame. But when I looked up I realized a better scene had presented itself. I stepped back a few steps (I was shooting with a fixed 50mm lens), refocused, and grabbed a few shots while this man warmed up next to the burning barrel. Thank you, dear sir, for making a static image much more interesting. And for reminding me to not get so locked into making one photo that I miss spontaneous opportunities.

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