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Stuttgart-Süd II

Remember last month, when my friend E and I went to explore Stuttgart-Süd and only managed to visit a part of it? Last Saturday we went to see the other half. We had the most gorgeous autumn weather with 20°C and sun all day. It was glorious, and we spent almost 8 hours walking around. An almost perfect day. Because, boy, did we meet unfriendly and snooty people this time…

There was the woman charging out of her shop because I had taken a picture of her dog, another shop owner in a bad mood because we were taking pictures outside her shop, and a guy giving us the evil eye because we walked into a little alley that was private property, which wasn’t obvious, though. You start to get paranoid, expecting someone to give you hell whenever you take a picture of a door or window…

I came up with a plan that worked out fine later on: my friend is American, and I suggested she go up to people and ask nicely in English whether we could take a picture of them, their dog, etc. I was sure they’d think she was a tourist, so they might be friendlier. And they were.

Photography-wise, after having neglected my 30-70 mm lens for a very long time now, I decided spontaneously that day I would make it my mission to use this lens only, kind of as my personal challenge. In the beginning I was tempted to get out either my micro or macro lens, but then I gave myself a mental kick and saw it through. I think I’m done with that lens for another while now, though.

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3 thoughts on “Stuttgart-Süd II

  1. Haha, so you didn’t like the 30-70 lens? Why not try the 24-70? 😉 So this time the people weren’t that friendly!

    Any idea why?

    I remember five years ago, working for a client. And the people were very rude to me. Four years later I went there again, and now the same people were kind to me. I wondered “Why were the rude before, and nice today?”. And I realised that Five years ago, I was a little insecure, as I just started my job. Now, I am an experienced consultant and people respect my confidence and knowledge.

    Your own mood or behaviour can reflect on other people!

    I am not saying that this was the case here, but it made me think of it 😉

    Cheers,
    Tieme

    • Hi Tieme – just a few weeks ago I was considering a 24-70 mm lens, but… my budget said “no!” and as long as I’m not really sure if I really need one I’m going to wait and see if I feel restricted by my other lenses first.

      Re: people’s and own behaviour – yes, you’re absolutely right there, your own mood is always a factor that reflects on others; in this case, though, they were just plain rude 😀

      • I just bought a carbon Gitzo tripod and want to buy the 70-200 2.8 lens, but my wallet is screaming in agony. Terrifying sound…

        Haha, yeah. As an actor of “The IT Crowd” said: “People, what a bunch of basters” 🙂

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