If You Fall Off Your Bicycle

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A friend once asked me, "why do so many embarrassing things happen to you?!" I was surprised by the question, sure I had been telling her a funny anecdote about something that had happened to me at a local store a few minutes before, but I hadn't thought my story was embarrassing. And I suppose that is the difference--what she found embarrassing I just found hilarious--in retrospect anyway! Sure at the moment I had blushed, but afterward it just seemed like a absurd story to share. In the spirit of funny stories, let me tell you: I fell off my bicycle while taking these pictures. I'm not sure "fell off" is the right terminology--more like, I fell over and my bicycle fell on top of me. No serious injury to person or bike to report. But let me tell you it is a harder thing than it looks to cycle as slowly as possible across grass towards your camera and tripod, trying to get to the sweet spot of where you set your focus but moving as slow as possible so there's no movement blur. Thankfully there were no witnesses to the indignant fall and I somehow managed to press my remote off on the way down so there aren't even photographs of the failure. I think my fall must have been as slow as my attempted cycling--Thomas once compared watching me fall out of a tree to a slow-motion sloth crawl. I think it would have been a pretty embarrassing scene if there were witnesses, but I'd still probably be telling the story here, because at the end of the day being able to laugh at yourself mitigates any potential humiliation! Just one of the perils of attempting to take your own pictures and not being able to move or re-adjust the focus of your camera while attempting a moving shot. But you know what they say, "if you fall off your bicycle--be sure to share it with the Internet!" I think I'll stick to the stationary bike shots from now on when I'm attempting self-portraits. I did ride my bicycle home afterwards with no mishaps--I can ride a bicycle when I'm not trying to photograph the act.backlit-5
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15 comments:

  1. Hey, all your efforts paid off, though! You got a great bunch of pictures!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    1. Thank you! Taking pictures by yourself is a pain, but so rewarding!

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  2. You look lovely :) I nearly have the same bike :D! Love your style!
    xx Nicki
    www.morningelegance.de

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  3. It's so important to be able to laugh at ourselves! No one's perfect, and the sooner we realize that we aren't perfect the more fun and laughs are to come(:

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  4. your dress is so pretty! I love that print
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  5. I love that dress.
    Marilyn

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  6. This would totally be me falling off my bike....but like you I often do just have to laugh at myself rather than be embarrassed:)
    -Madison
    www.minniemuseblog.com

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  7. laughing at ourselves is a great quality, i so love the pictures and the dress!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

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  8. Things like that happen to me all the time! But at least they end up being funny stories to share :)
    They pictures turned out great by the way!

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  9. Such a beautiful look, so vintage-ish and pretty! I love it <3

    https://www.myblackcloset.com/

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  10. Love this post. I get into funny mishaps all the time (like putting salt in my tea!) and happily share it with everyone with a sense of humour. It makes life more fun for all, doesn't it?

    Lovely dress too!

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    1. Haha oh that must've been a surprise to sip! And yes, I think it's just a chance to make others laugh, so why not share!

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  11. If it makes you feel any better, I ran into a trash can on my bicycle once... That's my favorite embarrassing story I have, I wasn't so lucky with the 'no spectators' part either..

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    1. That's both terrible and amazing! Like sounds so awful, but really means you can win the most hilarious/embarrassing story contest at any party! & this is why I mostly cycle on very quiet, country roads near me--I'm pretty terrified of the idea of cycling in a city!

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  12. Love this post! Sometimes it's so funny what all happens behind the scenes ;)

    Have a great Sunday!

    Michaela
    Michaelablog
    Bloglovin

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