Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Originally uploaded by indyjay42.
One of my favorite newspaper comics has always been Dilbert. Who hasn't been in situations like those described in the strip at one time or another? If you've ever worked in a corporate environment, then I'll bet you can relate too. Then there's Blondie, but that's another story...

This panel was one of a sequence that I would send out to photog friends. Taming the wild photographer was such a goofy concept that I had to laugh and share it with others. Photography can be a lonely job with lots of pressure, since you either get the shot or you don't, and it's your hands and eyes at work. There's no one else to blame when things go wrong. And they inevitably do go wrong. The motor drive doesn't advance. Somehow the camera settings have been bumped off the optimal and you didn't notice. The camera batteries suddenly just crap out. You see the shot but spectate instead of shooting. You miss the start of the Brickyard. You don't get back to your spot in time and someone hits the wall right in front of you. Your flash charger fries itself. I could go on and on.

But you get the idea. The lessons come in waves and can be painful, just as Dilbert's new photographer colleague discovers in the cube farm world.


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