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On Photographing Robots in Public

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 6, 2012, 6:05 PM


So apparently, the question on people's minds is: "When you take pictures of Transformers in public, how do people react??"

I cannot believe how many times I've been asked this question recently. I didn't realize this was such a hot topic, seriously. :D At first I tried answering people individually, but that got to be a bit of typing, so I thought I'd just put this journal together. So, by popular request, I give you people's reactions to me taking pictures of robots in public, whee!

1. People ignore me. Seriously, this is what happens about 95% of the time. People just act like I don't exist.

2. People look at me sideways. Honestly? I think most of these people are just curious about what I'm doing, but are too shy to ask.

3. People look freaked out, or even upset. This happens less often, but it does happen. I think people are just afraid of what they don't understand, and it ruffles their feathers that some weird girl is snapping pix of robots in the middle of Walmart. I often wonder what they think it is I'm doing. :)

4. Groups of 12-25-year-old girls sneer at me. But really, sneering is so fashionable now that I can't tell if it's directed at me, or if their faces are just frozen that way. ;) Fun fact: one girl is too chicken to even look at you, while two girls will only look. It takes three or more to get a good sneer going. Bok, bok!

5. People will ask me what I'm doing. Good for them! That's an honest question, and I just tell them that making photo comics is a hobby. Most of them think it's neat.

6. Adults will pull their children away from me. True fact. Kids usually want to know what I'm up to, but I think their parents are afraid I have rabies or something. ;)

6. People ask me if I made the robot. Yes, really. I have been asked this many times. Why yes, I made Wheeljack, thank you. /fail

7. People tell me their life story. If I shoot in a public space, some people think that means that I'm there to socialize. That is the point at which they tell me about their Aunt Bertha who moved to Alabama, but then lost her job and moved to Cincinnati, but then she got a cat, and her son's brother's room mate once removed had a Toyota that broke down…and by then I just walk away. Which means they follow me talking, and so I walk faster until I lose them.

8. People ask me if I'm a teacher, and I'm taking pictures for school. I get asked this a lot, and it's also irksome. I don't blame people for asking, because I can tell that it's all they can imagine. But that's the thing isn't it? So many adults have lost the ability to imagine. I think there's a thought that imaginative, creative "fun" or "playing" is for kids, and that bothers me. Because it's not just for kids, and fun is more than the "acceptable adult pastimes" like golfing, or drinking, or paying bills (all of which hold about the same allure for me). For some people, fun is playing with robots. And I think that's ok. :)

9. People ask me if I need medical assistance. Yes, really. :) I think they see me crouching down, or on my knees, and think I've keeled over. God bless them, they don't realize I'm just playing with plastic robots. ;)

10. I run into Transformers fans! This happens less often than you'd expect, but it's always fun when it does -- and it's not always the same age group. Sometimes it's kids, and sometimes it's some 40-year-old dude gushing on about Bumblebee and Jazz. It's so much fun meeting other TF fans. You guys are great! :D

11. The baristas at Starbucks think I'm barking mad. But they put up with me taking shots of my TFs anyway. I love you, Starbucks baristas! :heart:

Other things that have happened:
- One neighbor asked me if I got paid for doing comics. When I said no, he told me to keep up hope. I tried to explain that this was just a hobby, but he seemed to think that anything you're not getting paid for isn't worth doing.

- Another neighbor said that she liked Sunstreaker. What she really said was, "I like the yellow one," but this was incredibly hip, since she's too old to have ever been into Transformers. Right on, cool neighbor lady! :)

- My least favorite neighbor threw a stick at my robots. I'm not kidding. I think there's a chance she was trying to throw the stick for my dogs and just hit the robots by accident, but let's just say that she is not invited over anymore. Ever. >:[

- I got kicked out of a store once for taking photos. In the store's defense, I think they thought they were being spied on by one of their competitors, so maybe it's best to ask permission before taking photos inside of stores. Of course, I would never, ever recommend just taking your pictures on the down-low, and only snap shots when no store employees are present, no. I would never do that. :)

- I got once got busted by security for taking pictures at work. Again, in security's defense, they probably don't dig people taking pictures on the premesis, since I work for a pretty big company, and all companies have privacy issues. (No, I will not tell you where I work.) So of course this does not mean that I take pix of my robots on the down-low, making sure never to include any incriminating evidence in any of my shots, no. :)

And I'll stop there. I'm sure a ton of other goofy stuff has happened that I'm forgetting now, but I've probably rambled on enough. Suffice it to say that if you want to take pictures outside of your house, you just have to get out there and do it. You will experience most of the above, but the most interesting shots are the ones with people and places in the background -- which of course means going out to the places and being near the people. But people don't bite, and at the end of the day, you'll love the shots you get.

If you're shy, my advice to you is to take someone who's small, and easy to set up. Start small. Take a Kreon to Starbucks, or to Chipotle. Snap a pic of a Kreon standing on your burrito. Or go to the grocery store. Snap a picture of Optimus Prime standing by the apple cart. Honestly? Most people won't even notice. They'll think you're tying your shoe, or that you dropped something (or that you've keeled over and need an ambulance ;)). Once you get used to taking small shots, you'll find more interesting shots to take, and before you know it, you'll be a serious street photographer. :D

Good luck, and best of all, have fun!

What I shoot with, for anyone who wants to know:
- Nikon D60 DSLR
- iPhone, mainly using the Hipstamatic app. (Link to Hipstamatic app: hipstamatic.com/the_app.html)

And of course, a very appropriate shot for the day. FOC Shockwave, sitting on a sign at work somewhere totally and completely random! :D

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Kestrel-ShadowTalon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Hahaha people honestly think you need medical help? Woooow.....And yeah starbucks people are awesome in so many ways. Last year I'd stop by a starbucks on the way between 1st and 2nd period(at two different schools :)) and the lady cuted out at our sheltie riding with us and gave us some "puppy whip". Needless to say, give my dog free food, and you've made a friend for life. 

Sadly I'm not sure if I can do that this year since I'm now only going to one school and might not have the time to stop there. But if I do, I will :D
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xNARAx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bless you! you just gave me hope, i realy want to start my own TF PhotoComic, but never realy had the courage to do so.
especially in public.... and finaly i got The lambo twins and im only waiting for red alert, drift and blurr ^^
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GreatTeacherDiCenso Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good advice. I've taken a few photos outside in my neighborhood with my MLP:FIM Blind Bag Figures. I did in secret, when no body was around, but I should not feel embarrassed. Next time, I'll just say "art project."

You can see my stuff on my DA page. Let me know what you think.
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bladewyng Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My brother got quite embarrassed when I pulled out the vehicon that I had just got at a restaurant...but he did not seem too embarrassed when I pulled out a puggle at another place. Weird.

I love the adventures, even though I'm horribly behind on reading them.

stay sweet ^_^
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Metallikato Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe Neighbor-Lady thought you wanted a prop or-- nah, she's just being unpleasant. I've got to say that you are far, far gutsier than I could ever be with my TFs in public.
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NewArtist19 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
^__^
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SigmaCore Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so that's the "secret." You are so much more gutsy than I am for doing these and letting people see you. Especially your neighbors. But you do impressive photography, to say the least. ;)

Maybe I'll get me a Kreon and start doing that random thing in cafés and such. Pretty big and cooky city where I live so I'll just fit right in. :nod:

Incidently, did you throw the stick back at your neighbor? She kinda deserved it. Throwing sticks at Transformers. Pfff... :shakefist:
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Bittythings Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   General Artist
Sometimes I take pics outside too, only of my toys so far, but I'd like to do it with my other work.

I haven't done it often, but I find that 'ignore' reaction is what I get too. That or mild interest. Most people don't care, or are curious. Eek at the ones' who chat at you and follow you around though!

And btw- very, very super jealous of your TF collection
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Cerulean452 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Here's another question: do you ever worry about people swiping your transformers?

I took my pony Fluttershy to the butterfly conservatory last winter to try and get pics of her with butterflies. My lens fogged up and they didn't turn out. Boo. Next time I'll let the camera warm up a bit. ;)
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I do worry about that. I make sure that my purse is zipped, and my robots are shielded so that if someone makes a grab, I'll either see them coming, or they'll have to literally get past me first. It sounds worse than it is, and all it really takes is a bit of situational awareness. Just be aware of people getting too close, and be ready to scoop up your guys if you need to.
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Nice little FAQ you just wrote there. I just like the fact that you do the comics in the first place and the story-lines are pretty good!
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
So, where will the next story-line take you and what characters are you thinking of using?
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never tell that in advance.
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Any chance of seeing Bruticus in multiple versions soon?
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I can get my hands on FoC Combaticons, there's a good chance. I like Combaticons. :)
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
PLEASE!
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AutobotGirl561 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
This is probably the most amusing journal I've ever read. XD And I love the picture at the end with Shockwave in it. Very well done. :)
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
You know, I was wondering about that...XD
But honestly, I think you're awesome for going out and doing what you love, no matter how people react.
And its cool seeing transformers amidst normal settings like the grocery store and Walmart. Its like they travel with you and are
part of your life, which they are. Makes me wanna take out my Revoltech figures and do something cool like what you do.
I'm starting to see too, that as you get older, you're expected to be shoved into this mold of being "normal" and can't play anymore because
toys are for kids...Trash that! You're never too old to play with toys!!!
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SpeedFreak01 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Most of my photos are taken at home. I've taken a few of my Hound puggle at school, but most times I think about taking a toy outside my inner Red Alert screams at me-"HOUND HAS LOOSE BALLJOINTS IN HIS LEGS, HE COULD FALL INTO SOMETHING WHILE YOU TAKE A PHOTO", "YOU MIGHT BREAK SOMETHING", that kind of thing. :( Still, I'd like to improve as a photographer, so I may just take a few photos in public. Perhaps I'll take Hound to Kew Gardens or something...
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I swear, I keep on wanting to take photos of my toys in public, but so many things stop me. Which sucks, because I'm in walking distance of the Children's Museum, and they've got little stone replicas of global landmarks (Mayan and Egyptian pyramids, the Colosseum, the Sphinx, the Great Wall) that would look amazingly awesome with a few Transformers battling it out.
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Jay-R-Took Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! It's something I've often wondered about, so thank you!

"Groups of 12-25-year-old girls sneer at me." That really made me smirk: my sister and I are 22 and 18 and reading you comics together are some of the funnest times we've ever had. We would sometimes get ice-cream to eat while we read them, and take turns scrolling down the page so we could both eat our moose-tracks. We both enjoy your comics so much it's really hard to describe.

Also, that Shockwave picture rocks!
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaaay! Note that I didn't say all girls in that age group. ;) Seriously though, I have run into lots of people in your age group with a sense of humor, but it has surprised me how many seem to have absolutely no humor at all -- which I can't relate to, since I've always been sort of wacky. ;) But yay you and your sister for being awesome! (And btw, you have excellent taste in ice cream.)
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naturegirl52180 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, that cracks me up. What's the saying, if they are going to stare make it worth their while?

I was taking pics of Hound on a rocky outcropping (and okay, I used the opportunity to scramble around like a sugar-crazed monkey). I had my back turned to the overlook and was actually grumbling at Hound for his inability to stand up when two other hikers came up behind me. I turned around to find them staring at me like I was a nut. Trying hard not to laugh, I simply said "Good Morning." They looked at each other, responded in like kind, and simply walked away. I guess they decided they did not need to call the Park Rangers for the loon loose in the park.
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slivermoon1981 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
i took a photo at Asda's once as my friend wanted me to pick them up a TF but i didn't know which one they wanted so photo messaged them and got told off for doing so, mainly because they thought i was taking a photo of their prices i suppose. (but i was in full view of like, several cashiers so i was hardly being sneaky) ever since then i've never taken public 'toy' photos. though i do admire you for your courage in taking these pictures in supermarkets and stuff ^_^
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ImaginationDiva Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is quite interesting, and I have to admit, it has been on my mind lately how you take pictures and put up with the other pedestrians walking by you..this answered it, and I'm surprised by the points you've written.
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YukoHoon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I loved the part with the neighbor saying she liked the yellow one. That's my type of old lady XD But yeah, the normal reaction is to ignore the guy crouching because, well... you have other things to care about.

Of course, if you have other issues like being afraid of your TFs/dolls to get hit by a soccer ball and damaged beyond repair... That's another thing XD
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lajvio Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This was so much fun to read! I must say :)
I'm way to shy to be taking my big dolls in public to take pictures, I wish I did it, but for me I don't think I could stand the looks and everything. And yes a small figure is one thing, but my 60 cm tall dolls is something else to handle.... ^^;
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ImmortalSpark Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I snuck a Cyberverse Starscream into a local grocery store to get shots for a comic. All I got was this older gal who I think was stalking me for the purpose of having someone to glare at. Really, I'm game to take bots anywhere I can be reasonably sure of not losing them. The tough thing is choosing who gets to go!
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ShinigamisPet Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Oh, you're so awesome. ^_^ I can't even name all the weird things I've done in public that people eyeball me for, but let's say they're in the numerous digit range, and being a bit TF fangirl, the fact that there's someone out there like you makes me giggle at the people that gawk. I'm not alone in my strangeness...and it's a comforting feeling, even while I'm gallivanting down the isles in full Renaissance garb searching for something rather everyday and simple, but for the life of me no one will help you when you're calling for the market wench. Okay. SO maybe I'm a touch over the top. But it's always best to stay in character when performing, so...that's what they get. (Performing as in doing it for fun, but people actually 'hire' you to be there - not that they pay you for it, but they 'hire' you anyway.)
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srg1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this!!!!! But I'm glad to read about the range of reactions of people when they see you taking pictures. Thanks for indulging our curiosities!!!!
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MYBumbee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I can relate to every one of these reactions and then some! I've taken my bots round the world with me and they've managed to get into everything from airport security, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Lotte World, folk villages, libraries, museums, various stores, small shops, and household appliances. They've invaded Grandma's, BotCon, truck stops, and Chuck E Cheese's. I've gotten all kinds of questions and stares from onlookers, and yes, have had to quickly retrieve them from enterprising smallish humans on occassion!

By far, the best reaction I've ever gotten to them though had to be the uber awesome pilot who climbed up on her F-15 and let Sideswipe practice his jet judo! [link]
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Tyrrlin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I can see Sunstreaker preening at the neighbor's compliment now.

Hmmm, now that I have my Cruinndrac Wyms, I may need to take them out in public a bit....
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LotteBubbles Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I took DOTM Ironhide with me to the Moivemidnight screening...that was not a good idea considering what happened, but I think I terrified the guys next to us because I got slightly....well fangirlish at the good(crazy silently happy) and bad(crazy, kinda stopped breathing mini silent freakout) and yeah^^;

My only thing is currently no camera and actually having time-goddamnit noooo time.

If I saw you(providing I knew it was you) I'd probably have to stop and say hi...maybe bring a coffee as well:XD:
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Triosky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Haha, must take quite a bit or courage to go out and do that. I did a few photo-comics a few years back, but then I just gave up 'cause of the looks I got. It's amazing what people come up with :)
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NTLDR Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Oddest place that is very welcoming to people who want to photograph their Transformers? Disney World. I've never had any problems taking pictures there, from either the staff or visitors; in fact the staff like to play with them too if you let them! Part of the job there is to play, and a lot of them truly have fun doing it. While I was going through the security line on the way in (bags are random checked at all the parks), I had Sideswipe stuffed into my purse, and a guard poked his nose in and found him. "Oh cool, a Transformer!" And he got Sideswipe to dance across his counter before putting him back in.

True story: A friend and I were in line at the indoor rollercoaster at DisneyQuest, and one of the attendants recognized not only that we had both Optimus and Sideswipe, but which lines they were from! We geeked until we finally got into the ride, and then he let us hang out even longer to hear his Starscream voice and geek some more!
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MYBumbee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Hey now, let's not forget wading thru the "koi" pond in Epcot to pose Plushbots on an island, or climbing up on top of the Mission: Space planets to do the same! Then of course there are the really awesome cast members at Hollywood Studios that strategically placed said Plushbots in various places on the 'Star Wars' and 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' sets/rides. There's also the more awesome than awesome cast members at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Downtown Disney who helped dress the Plushbots in costumes and pose them throught the stores! Who knew Sideswipe looked so good in a kimono or that Prowl could rock out in pink mouse ears?

The only thing we can't mention is Sideswipe being banned from 'Its A Small World' for reasons we are legally bound to deny ever happened..... :paranoid:
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Zephyr79 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I've only gotten asked what I'm doing or a TF fan will dig my guys. I would crack up if an adult pulled there kid away from me, though. Also, THE BANE OF PHOTOCOMICS EVERYWHERE: [link]
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That photo is hilarious. And yeah, I think my reaction would have been the same -- to take a shot of it. :)
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Zephyr79 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
We photocomickers are a silly lot. Methinks we need a group, at least for the lulz. If I did make a group for TF photocomickers, would you join?
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shekeira Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is really cool. ^^ I've often wondered what people think when they see you snapping pics.
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They probably think I've escaped the mental house. ;)
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shekeira Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All creative folk are a little bit crazy. ^^
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Sounddrive Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's a ton of reactions! Thanks for posting this, it's a cool mini-how-to guide if you look at it that way.
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True! :D And yeah, I get tons of reactions.
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quite a variety of reactions you get there. I would like to hope that some of those parents pulling their kids away from you weren't scared of you and were just trying to keep their kids from running over and grabbing the robots... but who knows?

The closest I've come to a public photoshoot with TFs is helping a friend set up for a photocomic at BotCon. We were out on the grass in the Florida heat, setting up figures for pictures, and the staff of the hotel's (very fancy) restaurant came out and offered us iced tea. Very sweet of them. :)
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, that was sweet of them. But then, southerners are like that. :)
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QTHorror Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay not even gonna lie but you kind of just gave me the inspiration (confidence) to actually start trying to take some pictures at local places (I'm a really, really shy person).
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The-Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go for it! :)
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eltigre221 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for writing this, now I won't feel weird when I'll do mine in some, not all public places :)
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