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My original reason for being downtown was because I had wanted to try to take an HDR photograph of the inside of the Copper Penny sports bar. I had finished photographing 4 subjects and was leaving the guys from FOX26 that I just snapped pictures of when I see Ethan walking down the street with his dog Barley. I couldn’t resist, I had to ask Ethan if he’d mind if I took his photograph. Ethan asked me if I was with the media or not I guess because I was walking down the street with m camera, tripod in hand, and moving away from the FOX26 van that I just left. I told Ethan that I wasn’t with the media and proceeded to explain my photograph project to him. When Ethan told his name, I immediately thought about Mission Impossible and told him he had cool name. I took the shot of Ethan and Barley, thanked Ethan for his time, got his email address, and gave him a business card. When I had asked Ethan if he had an email address, he said the photograph was a good idea and that he’d send a copy to his mother. Ethan was downtown with Barley looking for a nice location to meet and interact with people and play for his kalimba instrument for money. I had never heard of or seen a kalimba until tonight. The kalimba has a real unique sound to it. While preparing to take the photograph of Ethan and Barley, and gentleman by the name of Sketch walked by us. Ethan had recognized Sketch and said hello. Sketch stopped for a minute and shared a few pleasantries with Ethan. I tried to exploit the opportunity to get another photograph of a stranger, so I asked Sketch if he would mind if I photographed him. Sketched declined to allow me to photograph him because he has a thing about taking pictures. Before heading to my goal for the night, I asked Ethan about what kind of dog was Barley. Ethan told me that Barley was part boxer and Australian shepherd mixed with a little bit of gangster. Ethan was right about Barley, he was definitely holding things down with his hood sweatshirt on. How cool is it when you see a dog wearing a zipped up sweat jacket?
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