My LOL for the day (after a few nervous moments): someone from my bank called yesterday while I was
out taking photos. He was from fraud prevention. It was a legit call. I looked
at my accounts online and nothing was out of order, but I did cash a
check yesterday and was afraid it might have bounced. I was also a little concerned about identity theft because recently a welcome packet from another bank had been "compromised" in the mail (accidentally ripped open and repackaged by USPS), and the paperwork had my social security number and name in it. I've been a little jittery since then.
The bank man called again
this morning. The deal was: yesterday when I went through the drive-up to cash the check, since I just started doing textures for 3D (see my first project below!), I
noticed the cool texture on the side of the building. I had my
camera with me and was right up close to the wall. I pulled up a little past the window, stuck the camera out the car window and got
a few closeup shots of the outside wall. Then I parked and went around front
and took some shots of the wall in the shade near the front door in case the others were
blurry. That's what he was calling about! The tellers saw me and reported suspicious conduct. I guess they thought I might be casing the joint. He said he viewed the video, and
by the way I was
looking around at things to photograph, he assumed I was a photography student. But he had to check it out--and I'm glad he did. It was fine, and so far the Feds have not shown up at my door. I apologized for scaring the tellers.
OOPS! Lesson learned. Get permission first before
photographing a bank or any other building
that could make you look like you are planning something nefarious. I'll be working on that texture today. I'm going to send a link of the final product to the bank guy--maybe he can help me network.
This product (my first 3D texture, not the bank wall!) is at: http://www.the3dstudio.com/product_details.aspx?id_product=353975.