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12 July 2021

What could be more ordinary that a collection of kids' backpacks bulging with lunch lined up at the playground in summer? And yet, this year, there's nothing ordinary about it all.

Summer Camp. Nikon D200 with 43-86mm Nikkor at 43mm, f8, 1/500 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

It signifies the denouement of the pandemic, if not its end. The children can go out to play together again. Almost a fairy tale ending, it seems.

And so the summer camps are in full swing again with a series of white vans from this particular one, all given names so the kids remember which one is theirs, parked on the street alongside the park.

We were walking by and thought nothing of it.

Then we realized how extraordinary it was to see something ordinary again. Despite a few suspicious stares, we climbed up on a concrete planter and lined up the shot.

It was the only one we took on our 2.2 mile hike.

And even then we weren't done. It took a lot of editing to make it presentable. There was the distortion of the 43mm focal length to contend with before we tried to straighten the tree. We had to angle the shot to get the row of backpacks in.

And, of course, there were the usual tweaks to Clarity, Highlights and Shadows.

Nothing extraordinary is ever ordinary and few things that are ordinary are really less than extraordinary. Especially these days.

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