Bagels come first

The sound came trough the editor’s door “Dammit Bill can’t ever get the job done right! Look at these proofs, The job was simple, no people, no distracting shadows!”

3-spp-185-12-december-11th-2016Bill heard this from down the hall knowing he’d have to spend the next few hours retouching the photos. He always did, that’s why he earned the high pay. These kinds of product shots were not easy, reflective brass surfaces and at least half a dozen onlookers, all thinking they knew how to take a better picture. So far no one had noticed the crumbs, he probably he caused them. Someone brought bagels and cream-cheese to the photo-shoot. Bill liked his bagels slightly warm and toasted and he just couldn’t eat a bagel without the aroma of the Maillard Reaction.

He already had a plan he was working on all morning. He’d first lock the door to the editing lab leaving the radio on for effect. He would disappear for the afternoon and sneak his better lighting equipment back into the room with the Bunsen burner. He’s go alone so he could get the job done right and satisfy the photo-editor the next morning.

An entry for Sunday Photo Fiction – December 11th 2016 writing challenge


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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6 Responses to Bagels come first

  1. ceayr says:

    Clever story.
    Pity about the tiny typos scattered through it.

  2. Heh I like that. He’ll have to teach me some of his tricks πŸ˜‰

  3. athling2001 says:

    Humm… good take but I got confused. If his photos are so bad all the time why does he get the big bucks? I’d never heard of the Maillard Reaction, so was interesting to look up. As for the end….. I can’t think of what he plans to do. I know it must be something bad, but I can’t figure it out from the clues. Or my mind just isn’t working which is highly likely!

    • Mike says:

      With Art Directors standing over the photographer telling what they want it’s hard to get a great shot. It’s the work they do on their own that gets them the ‘big bucks’. As for this one, probably set up a ‘light tent’ to get rid of all the reflections and shadows.

    • Mike says:

      Yes the Millard Reaction – what gives off the great aromas. Don’t pronounce the ‘l’s, Pronounce it like May-ard.

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