Brothers

Raising a family comes with many challenges. One of the greatest is raising siblings to respect each other through childhood, not compete for everything, and show each other charity.  In between the challenging moments it is always encouraging to see a moment like this, when there is peace between them.  I’m glad I caught it.  It is a moment to cherish.

For once the trains are running on time!

-ehw

PS Fujifilm X-E1 with the awesome 23mm 1.4

Brothers at work

Brothers at work

Best Car Deal Ever!

The car story

The car story

A fun part of Old Car City is hearing people point at a car and say, “That is my first car!”  I also hear people say, ” That car took my family everywhere when I was a child.”  Since I did not find any International Scouts, Volkswagen Vanagons, or Japanese market mini-vans (the only forgiegn cars are a few Volkswagen Beetles) I had to laugh at the first car that made me think of one from my youth.

When I was five or six I was being a brat while visiting my Babcha and DjaDja (Polish for Grandmother and Grandfather).  In particular I was not eating my vegetables.  So my DjaDja said, “That’s it.  Eric Come with me.”  My Dad’s other eight brothers and sisters with the other first wave of grandchildren (My Dad was the second oldest) all said in various ways, ” Your in trouble!  Going with the Dja to get fixed!”

Well to that level of doom I marched all the way to the attic behind DjaDja.  Once in the attic he said something to the effect of “Where did I put those …”  After a few minutes of rummaging he exclaimed that he found them and came over to me holding two plastic cars.  One was a red version of the car in the photo.  He said that if I behaved and ate my vegetables one of them could come down.  Not wanting to pick one, I of course wanted both.  I gallantly offered to eat everything on my plate all weekend if I could bring both down.  He accepted my offer.  DjaDja explained to me that I had to look very dour when I came downstairs so his mean reputation would remain in effect.

So down we went, hiding the cars around the corner from the dining room where they could not be seen by the room full of family.  I ate my food all weekend, and raced cars up and down the house to my heart’s delight.

Oh well, such are the adventures of Old Car City as you stroll through memory lane.

-ehw

P.S. X-E1 with 60mm Macro.  Processed in HDR EfexPro 2

 

The Long Haired Lady

Long Haired lady

Long Haired Lady

This Long Haired Lady still looks elegant up in Old Car City.  I really wish I could see this car in its glory.  I love the long lines, the grace it would have sliding through the air, and the roar of the engine.  Even today you can clearly see the blue of the sky reflecting in the chrome at this partly bright sunny day in North Georgia.

Working in the cold weather my camera did just fine, and the battery did not crash.  What I did find a bit harder was staying comfortable with all the layers of warm clothes I had one…and realizing I forgot my most vital accessory for serious rolling around…my knee pads.

About 16 years ago I fell down a Georgia mountain in the cold of winter while in the Army.  I smashed up both of my knees, and they got good infections.  Today I still feel the soreness, especially on cold winter days like this one.  So forgetting my knee pads really hurt my movement up and down with the tripod.

In order to really work a scene well, a great photographer once told me to get high-low-middle-near-far-get front-back-rear and anything else.  You have to experiment.  It does not mean you have to click the shutter at each spot, but it does mean you have to observe each spot and think through the opportunities it can offer.  As with any skill, experience and creativity will drive the end result far more than the equipment available.

So the moral of the story is, I think I captured a good composition.  I still wonder however how much more I could have done if I remembered the knee pads and worked this scene even harder.

-ehw

P.S. Fujifilm X-E1 with 14mm, F/18 on a seven shot jpeg EV Comp setting processed through Nik HDR efex Pro2 and touched off in Aperture

A tale of two portraits

Julia Dance Portraits

It is that time of year when I need to catch up on things before the crush of school year life hits us with the power of a thunder clap.

So before my lovely big daughter grows out of her 2013 dance costumes I just had to take advantage of it to take her portrait!  This time I think she enjoyed it…at least for the first 90 minutes and four costume changes!  The last change is the one you see here.

I’ll share some more over time, but this one has the emotion in the smile, the sweet innocence of a 12 year old, and the eye contact a daddy longs to get in the lens.  It was a wonderful time spent with my daughter.  This is an image I will not soon forget.

Now below you will see a photo of the little guy Kevin, he so wanted his photo taken with his dogs, the only dogs he’ll ever get in my household.  I’m allergic to them, but he is not so far….and he reminds me of that every other day at least.  When these guys don’t have breakfast with the two of us, one is smelling up my bed.  The miricle here is that he looked at the camera!  Grin is a little goofy, but everything at six is a little goofy for good reason!

Julia and Kevin!

So what do I take away from today?  Constant lights are perfect for kids indoors.  Set them and work them.  I just recommend you get as much power as you can.  I need more power from them to make the photos at a faster shutter speed, so I’ll save up for a while and see what I can do.  I learned a lot, like I will not shoot portraits without my tripod.  Too much fun.  I also like how my mirrorless camera lets me back off the viewfinder and use the screen.  Much easier to keep eye contact with my subjects…and make them laugh!

Ironically the first two shots I am sharing are the only two I shot without my tripod!  The top is the Fujifilm X-E1 with 60mm Macro while I stood on a stool. The second it the Pentax K-5 shot head on a few feet back.  Both processed simply in Apple’s Aperture using some Sara France Presets, and custom contrast curves.  I really concentrated while shooting to avoid eye reflections today in the glasses, and I think I did pretty well.  In both of these I actually thought through some classic posing rules as I worked the slightly more casual portraits.

I hope you enjoy them!  These are two of the five lights in my life!  Go capture some images of your blessings today!

-ehw