Big Bertha's Adventures


The day I took these photos I was on a mission to photograph something unusual to use as my homework assignment for class.  I figured close-up shots of random “stuff” would work well.  When I downloaded the photos I noticed a theme unfold that I hadn’t noticed before.  The photos all feature letters.  I have hereby proven I was so focused on certain details that I missed other details.  🙂 And I have a new category to add to the photography blog:  Letters.

About the two photos below:
After work I noticed a 50 gallon trash container full of shredded paper.  It was begging to be photographed.  I leaned against the bin and started taking photos.  My coworker, “Bob” walked by and saw me.
I quickly got up and said, “it’s a homework assignment.”
Bob:  “Would you like me to add some color?”
Me:   “Oh, you’re fun!”
Bob:  “You have an artistic eye.  I always like to see what you create.”
(What you don’t know–  Bob is an artist– years ago he was employed by our company for his drawing skills.  He has since moved on to do other functions for the company.  So being complimented by a real artist is very encouraging.)

A few minutes later he returned from the warehouse with a can of spray paint.  The first photo below is “before” the spray paint.

Big Bertha's Adventures

The photo below is the “after” shot with the spray paint.  I managed to find one shred of blue paper that I strategically placed in the mix.

Big Bertha's Adventures

Next, I rummaged through our computer graveyard at work and found a keyboard.  It was nice and dirty – complete with dust, grime and even a bug.  You’d think it was abandoned in a warehouse somewhere.  Oh wait, it was.

Big Bertha's Adventures

I’m quite happy I was able to find a new use for a forgotten keyboard.

Big Bertha's Adventures

Camera used:
Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Lens:  50mm
Date:  February 19, 2014


  • Pursue your interests with enthusiasm.
  • Don’t be afraid to take photos – even if people don’t see what you see.  Sure, most people might not take photos of shredded paper but I see it as an opportunity to show a different point of view that others might not take the time to notice.

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