D-Squared T-Squared – Week 1

 

 

My New Year’s Day post contained info about a weekly challenge for the year. However, the post did not provide info on the challenge’s origins.

 

Mister and I are happy drunks. (We’re not drunk all the time, mind you, but when we do imbibe to the point of inebriation, we’re happy. So glad to have cleared that up.) Anyhoo, we’re happy drunks. And when we’re tipsy and smiley, we tend to grab a telephone. That’s when the Drunk Dialing commences.

 

It was during December that one such tipsy and smiley evening occurred. We hatched the idea to come up with a weekly challenge for 2014: one creative session/challenge per week. Once we decided to include friends and our fingers did the walking, it was a snap. (Remember that old phone ad?)  We call this ambitious project “D-squared T-Squared” – or “Drunk Dial Think Tank.” Jealous?

 

So this past weekend Mister and I kicked off the challenge with week 1′s project: photographing Los Angeles’ Union Station. We didn’t invite anyone, as we sort of threw the outing together at the last minute. The 2 of us hopped on the Metro Red Line and got off at the last stop: Union Station. The first thing we did was hoof it over to Philippe The Original – the place the French Dip Sandwich was invented…

 

 

I don’t like this place. I love it! The sandwiches are super-yummy and the pickled eggs are a rare treat…

 

 

With full bellies, we were ready to begin the photo session. We took the long way back to Union Station, walking through Olvera Street…

 

 

and Chinatown…

 

 

We’d covered a lot of ground by the time we made it back to Union Station.

 

We carried our own cameras and tooled around separately to take photos. Union Station, for those who don’t know, served as a major setting in the movie Blade Runner. (It’s been featured in other movies, too.) And though it’s considered small in comparison to other Union Stations (according to the folks at Wikipedia), it’s still pretty spectacular. It’s gorgeous and when I’m there I feel a sense of timelessness.

 

 

Back to the project… Mister and I had taken about all the pics we could and were pretty tired from our downtown day. (We had been to Mexico, China and the set of Blade Runner, for cry-eye.) So we decided to get back on the train and head home. Mister’s now whittling through his pics, to decide which is his favorite. And that’s the goal: 1 good photo. Taking pictures is tricky. You want every single one to be a masterpiece, but it doesn’t (usually) work that way. Out of an entire session, most of us will end up with one really good photo. Maybe. That, friends, is success.

 

As for my own favorite, I’ve decided this little snap will do just fine for my first week’s project…

 

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