Newspaper photographers have interesting days, we could go from a rodeo to an arts and crafts show or from a church service to a motorcycle race in a single afternoon. One of the constant things that we hear, no matter what the assignment, is people shouting “Hey, take my picture!” Over the last ten years of working for newspapers, I must have heard some variation of that request hundreds of times. Usually it’s kids that ask to have their pictures taken. I always oblige and pull my camera up and take a few pictures, even though the paper would never use them. I don’t think kids even care if the picture is ever used, mostly they just want to hear the shutter click.
But, from now on, if I get that request, I’ll try to post the pictures on our blog site. Should make for a fun collection of pictures. Anyway, I was driving around looking for pictures of people in the rain. I saw that the students at Oklahoma Centennial High School were having football practice, so I stopped to see if I could make some rain pictures. Even though I didn’t get any pictures that I liked, I did get “hey, you should shoot my picture,” as I was leaving the field.