Kids at Twilight Pt 1
A quick series of the Kids at Twilight.
I just needed a photo fix, so I went out and did something very hard. Tried to get my own kids to pose for the darn camera!
These are a quick set of photos. For a few I really pushed the fast side of the class to se what the depth of field would be like at F2 to F2.4. Some others I pushed to get larger depth of field so I could get a moving child in focus. One on one I played with manual focus so I could get my moving child in focus…
It will be a busy week for me…so I’ll post these ahead of time.
I hope you like them! I know they gave me some smiles while I worked them up.
A portrait of Friendly the cat.
Here is a rarity for me…portraits of a cat. Yes, you read right, I photographed a cat. Yes the animal I am very allergic to. The animal that looks at me and says, “I can take you.” The animal that is ripping up my popup trailer cover. I photographed a cat!
This cat is called Friendly by my trusting, adoring, cat petting, and often drawing wife and children. She is a neighborhood cat. My kiddos go out an pet the cat, the 22 month old chases the cat with glee. She and her buddy Shiloh own my yard and keep it free from snakes and other pests (for the most part).
How did I come across this? Well I was playing with my camera working on a tree across the street with its fall colors and late afternoon sun. Then Friendly waltzed up into the yard and starting being coy. She even wanted me to to pet her! Obviously she needs glasses and a smell test. I look nothing like my six year old or my red headed wife.
Seeing that she wanted to play, and pose and goof off I took the opportunity to get some photographs of a new type of subject for me.
What I learned was that working in the contrasting light, on a subject with such a glossy coat is not in the easy to do category. Next time I’ll stop down up the aperture a bit as well. I threw out a number of photos because my depth of field was too small. The portrait up top is a good example of the eyes being perfect, and the rest good. The others…well not so much. The final photo was a fun one of the cat on the prowl. Just as with any photo or portrait I found myself taking some time to touch up parts of the photo to make the cat look like a winner.
PS: Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55
Friendly goes looking for fun
Time with my son
On of the benefits of “working” a show like Art in the Park is my children get to come with me. Yesterday my eldest daughter came, and today my son. I enjoy having them with me. I don’t to take them to my real job, so this is where they get to see me relate with people and be a professional. It is an extra classroom for them, and a place for me to be a Dad by introducing them to the world outside of the home. It also gives a me a few moments to catch that glimpse of my children Mom gets everyday in homeschooling. The glimpse of the real child of mine. What good kids they are! They each endured several hours of slow times, but they engaged other adults with conversation. They learned a great deal, and were very courteous and respectful to all they met. They even did a good job talking to people about the prints we had for sale. We also had some time to laugh and talk to each other…all in the warm golden light of early fall.
To celebrate afterwards I snapped a few images of Kalen this afternoon. I had nothing current of him in my collection, and I really was missing that.
Got to celebrate the good times…for in just a few years they’ll be out and on their own!
PS Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55 kit lens F4.5, 1/180, -1EV ISO200 @55mm. Post in Aperture with a few simple adjustments.
Negative Space Adventure
Here is my pretty china doll Julia Rose…
I think the world’s technology if overloading us with stimuli. Our brains are truly wired differently now because of it. Unfortunately this is robbing us of our ability to be introspective. Introspective people often look into what appears to be nothingness, and find the rich textures and beauty God has hidden in there for their enjoyment and enlightenment that others ignore. While making these portraits with my daughter I was able to slow down just enough to explore what I was doing…the why…the how…the wonder of the moment before me. Writing this article, and thinking about what I wanted to do actually made me go back and re-edit my photograph to make it more attractive..actually to make the nothingness more attractive and complementary of the subject! I had set the stage, but only by self examination was I truly able to explore it.
Here is the story of the shot: When I shot this portrait I wanted to explore the concept of negative space a bit. I just finished reading about in in Bryan Peterson’s book so I thought it would be good to practice. This is one of those times where you purposely let a big set of space be empty…but in this case I filled it up with a rich texture. Before last month I would be scared to do something with the space, wondering if I was “allowed” to by the photogurus of the world. Bob Coates helped me walk away from that supposed stigma last month at a class I took with him. “If the masters of art did it, why can we learn from them?” he said…and then he encouraged us all to play a little but with the concept. Only through play can you learn, experience and find the your style in the wonderful world of photo development we have at our fingertips today. It is a great lesson we should all grasp on in so many ways (Bob Coates website bcphotography.com) I used Julia’s eyes and body curve to compliment the negative space…she is looking at the negative space as if something is there you cannot see! By moving Julia in the lighting space I also purposely created shadows to give the subject a three dimensional depth to match the texture. If I had more space in the old basement I’d pull her further from the backdrop..but I am out of that vital commodity in the basement right now…to create more depth and contrast in the textures. Next step is to do more with the lighting outside of post to make this easier.
So put down that smart phone, ipad or gameboy. Look into the nothingness, and see what you’ve been missing. Remove the man made stimuli, and look, listen and feel for the rich textures of life God prepared for us. I think our lives will be much greater for it…I know this portrait of my daughter certainly was.
P.S. The Fujifilm X-E1 F5, 1/110, ISO1600, at 234mm(35mm equivalent) tripod mounted!