My son and I squeezed in a quick trip to the community beach park this week. As any shade tree photographer would tell you, after a while your kids don’t like to sit for portraits. They have sat for hundreds if not thousands of “test” shots. This is true for my son as well. My son’s expression above is telling me “Dad, are you done yet”. For some reason I find this portrait more compelling than the multitudes I have captured over the years. After several attempts with silly smiles I finally said “just look serious” and this was the expression he gave.
I attribute some of my appeal of this image to composition. First the sun was setting to my back-right and there was a thin layer of clouds filtering the harsh light you would normally experience here at this time of day (trust me I have tried). My son did not have to squint yet I still had enough front and side lighting to not need a flash to iluminate his face. Second, my son was wearing very bright clothing (to celebrate an Orioles playoff game that evening) and those colors were very contrasting to the colors on the beach. Third, the clouds were starting to light up with sunset light so there is somthing other than the portrait happening in the shot. And fourth, I chose to shoot at a wide aperature so that the background would fade in focus and draw attention to the subject sitting very close to me.
If you are familiar with the Chesapeake Bay this photograph is taken on the south side of the mouth of the Magothy River. The far background land in the photo is Maryland’s eastern shore north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. On the left side of the far shore line would be Rock Hall Maryland. On the closer shorline to the right of the image is the inlet to the Little Magothy River (God’s proof that he loves Cape St. Claire, MD), and if you followed the shorline past the point on the near right of the image you would find Sandy Point State Park a few short miles away.
Is this an award winning shot? No, not by any means. But it is proof I am making progress, which is why I am sharing it with you.
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An early spring has brought the wading birds back to a marshy area I stop by on my way home from the office.
The limiting factor with this shot was my lens, a 28-200 zoom. In this case I needed the extra focal length of my 70-300 with image stabilization. I don’t usually take my entire bag of gear with me to work, just the camera and whatever lens is attached. Chalk that up as a lesson learned.
This Heron was accompanied by a gaggle of Canadian Geese, some red-winged blackbirds, a gigantic Great Egret, and a bunch of Common Grackles. All of which were quietly going about their day amid the busyness in and around the Mall in Waldorf.
Happy Saturday everyone.
The Canon 7D makes its first stop at the "Favorite Spot"
Goal number three in my previous post on my 2012 Photography Goals has been demolished. Goal number three was to be content with my aging Canon 350D for one more year. However, that plan changed late last week when Penn Camera announced they we filing for Chapter 11, and subsequently announced a liquidation sale of their inventory. I hinted to the executive finance committee (aka my wife) if we were going to upgrade my camera this may be the time to make the jump. Surprisingly, she agreed.
The let down was all Penn Camera had available were floor models of the Canon 60D and 7D. We didn’t make the purchase.
We ended up finding a great deal on a Canon 7D from bestpricecamera.com. I chose the 7D for two reasons. First, unless I turn pro (extremely unlikely) or the technology becomes irrelevant (probably not for quite a few years) the 7D is a camera that can sustain my hobby for the foreseeable future. The Canon 60D matches up closely, but I was extremely concerned I would break the flip and tilt LCD screen, rendering the camera usless. When you are looking at the price difference between the models it made sense to upgrade to the 7D. With the online deal I found that difference was about $250.
The image above was taken this morning from the favorite spot. The image isnt that great. I braketed three images and processed them very minimally in Photomatix. I have a lot to learn.