Category Archives: Charlotte

Making The Effort

Riding the Charlotte Trolley
Riding the Charlotte Trolley

I often have the best of intentions about carrying my camera with me and making photographs when we’re just out doing random stuff. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but way too often I talk myself out of taking my camera along, figuring that either I won’t see anything worth shooting, I won’t have time it will be a hassle or it will make me “conspicuous.”

A long-time Charlotte tradition, Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Symphony Orchestra at Founder's Hall
A long-time Charlotte tradition, Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Symphony Orchestra at Founder’s Hall
A long-time Charlotte tradition, Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Symphony Orchestra at Founder's Hall
A long-time Charlotte tradition, Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Symphony Orchestra at Founder’s Hall

Last Saturday night Kathy & I had planned a bit of an adventure, parking in uptown Charlotte, walking around a bit then taking the trolley out to the Elizabeth neighborhood for dinner and a concert. I went back and forth all afternoon about my camera, talking myself into and then out of it a number of times. Yes, self-inflicted angst is one of my specialties!

Christmas tree made of recycled bottles, outside the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte
Christmas tree made of recycled bottles, outside the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte
Random Charlotte street shots
Random Charlotte street shots

At some point in the afternoon I read one of Monte’s recent posts about Christmas in Old Town Fort Collins, and it gave me the resolve I need to say “darn it, I’m taking my camera!” I knew it wouldn’t be a problem anywhere, but just to be safe I figured out how to keep it out of the way at dinner and took one of my smaller lenses so it wouldn’t be too hard to carry (or hide, if I felt like I needed to).

Random Charlotte street shots
Random Charlotte street shots
Christmas lights in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Christmas lights in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina

As it turned out, we had a booth in the restaurant with plenty of room to put the camera on the seat next to me. One unnecessary worry out of the way. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem at the concert because it was at a church and not a big arena with metal detectors and security Nazis. Second problem solved! The only (relatively minor) glitch came when we found out that the trolley had broken down, and along with it our ride back into town! Fortunately it was only about a mile. We could have gotten an Uber, but it made for a nice, but chilly, walk.

Waiting to ride the trolley, Charlotte, North Carolina
Waiting to ride the trolley, Charlotte, North Carolina

All it all it was no big deal. I didn’t get any really great photos, but that wasn’t the point. It was more about the practice, and the point was just to get out with the camera. Hopefully I’ve learned a lesson that taking my camera along isn’t that big of a deal most of the time, and that I can spend more time making photographs and less time making excuses!