Frames and Lines

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I went out with the family and my brother’s family to the park with the children.  We had just enjoyed several displays (with live examples) about our local reptiles, and I memorized the colors on the Copperhead trapped nicely in the display in front of me.  I just do not like those Copperheads since they come too close to the house for their own good health.

The kids were extremely excited when we turned them loose not the park outside the nature exhibit.  I need to get some practice in on technique.  So today I decided to hone my skills of framing a picture with the environment I’m shooting in with the lines around my subjects.

As Kevin climbed up a slide I knew I could use the slide to aim you up at his face and mischievious grin.  Then he switched to the cargo net.  I quickly crouched down to use the wood and ropes to frame him in.  Kalen tried to do the money rings, and I found converging lines to use in framing his actions.  JuliaRose was jumping on the bridge.  I used the posts to framer her in mid jump.  With her feet bent up she shows there is no floor to box in the shot.  I also wanted to see how Julia’s hair would dance around as she jumped.  So there were two goals in the shot.  As with all shots with competing goals…they usually don’t completely satisfy both objectives.

Well it felt good to get a little creative today, and practice skills rather than just dream about it!

“Don’t take pictures, Make Pictures”…Scott Bourne


Race Cars

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Racing cars come in all shapes and sizes.  This one is my buddy Rich’s.  It is fast.  He had it running up to 30-40 mph in bursts of speed.  To shoot the photos in the setting sun and overcast skies I used his Nikon D7000 rig with the 105mm F2.8 Micro.  I pre-focused some of the shots, but the AF is really pretty fast.  I kept the Aperture at F3.3 and let it rip using ISOs anywhere from 1600 to 2200 just because I had to.  Rich did the post processing in Lightroom.

The D7000 is an excellent camera.  It focuses fast and has terrific metering.  The Micro focused far faster than my macro ever would.  It is also amazing.  I could live very well with it if I had too!

Only thing I did not like was the size of the hand grip and the heavy weight.  Small gripes to tell you the truth for what it can do.  My K5 is lighter, and I really don’t think it could have focused in the light that I was dealing with here.

Oh well, both excellent pieces of machinery.  The important thing is that it caught some worthwhile memories!


Light and Lens

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I came home Saturday a little frustrated from a shoot with my knowledge of lighting with flash.  I think I’ve got the shot visualized, do the math about the light in my head, and bam…something was too strong or too weak.  Back the books!

I came home to find the kids and their friends having a blast making Gingerbread Houses and role playing their favorite adventure shows.  I look up and the light is pretty nice.  I visualize happy child, good light…and what if I slipped on my favorite lens…a Pentax 77mm Limited Prime.  I knew I could catch these shots and make a golden memory.

If you want to succeed in flash photography you have to keep working.  Learn, relearn, practice and then practice some more.  When you get frustrated stop for a minute and breathe.

The moral of the story is that light is light.  There is good light and rotten light to photographers.  If you find yourself making bad light and getting frustrated, take a minute to shoot what you can see.  Shoot the seen well, and enjoy the moment you caught something beautiful.  Then start to learn again how to capture that magic when the God given light is not there by using the tools he gave us brains to make (or buy).

Oh and for the record…a lovely prime makes feeling better a lot easier too!