Goddard White Covered Bridge

Goddard White Covered Bridge

Fleming County (maybe Rowan County)
Kentucky

I\’ve finished up a long string of work days with a very interesting project, so I\’ve not been thinking too much about photography over the past 10 days or so. But I have been going through some older images while trying to get a feel of using Lightroom. I don\’t think I ever posted the above image, I wasn\’t satisfied with it. One of the most important things about photographs is the ability to take you back to the happenings of the day that you took it. On this day, I had started off on a road-trip with a good friend that has since passed away. Our first stop was the Goddard White Bridge but I wasn\’t satisfied with the lighting. He was able to get some nice nature shots of wildflowers and maybe butterflies next to the bridge. We made our way to central Kentucky to a very old cemetery that I love to visit and I found one image that I still count as one of my favorites. We made a few stops then took a detour to a car dealership where we found a shiny red sports car sitting there. A few years earlier, he had sold one just like it and had always regretted it. The car salesman made a pretty good photograph for me but the interesting thing about the visit was that the car had been given away in a contest and then immediately swapped to an SUV because the winner had a bunch of kids and a 2 seater just wasn\’t usable. They wanted to close the books on the whole promotion and couldn\’t any longer sell the car as new and so said make any offer. My friend said something like \’Well then I\’ll offer you $5 dollars…\’ After a bit of conversation, he gave them an offer of about 2/3 of the value of the car and just like that, he was driving a red sports car. Afterwards, he said if he knew they really wanted to give the car away, he\’d offered less. We had buffalo burgers after the deal and arrived back home very late.

Reminds me of the story that I heard about Thomas Edison. Early on, he wanted to sell an invention and so gave a pitch to a board of a company. After a short amount of negotiations, they bought the contraption. Afterwards, one of the board members took him aside and said Mr. Edison you need to learn to negotiate better cause we would have paid much more. To which Mr Edison replied sir you do to as I was prepared to take much less than you offered. The other time I remembered this quote was when I was standing in the middle of a road and waving bye at a camper that I just sold to people who thought they had effectively made a steal of a deal. I thought to myself, I would have sold it for half the price to be shed of it. hahaha!