Today’s post is a little about grand children and a fair amount of discourse about photography. I have four images that go with the blather so if your on Facebook and are interested, click on the link below to go to my blog.
Ben was on call yesterday and so Angie brought the kids over for some play time and lunch. I love to photograph Addie and wanted to try out a new lens. It is a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED portrait lens. I’ve never shot with a f1.4 lens before so I didn’t fully know what to expect.
I have a couple of f2.8 lenses and I know that you have to be careful with shooting wide open or you get a lot of out of focus areas especially if you photographing more than one person in the image.
Gabby was excited to show me her newly pierced ears so I asked her if I could photograph her. I love the soft bokeh that an f.14 lens delivers but as you can see in this image, that I shot at f1.4 I got her eye sharp but most of everything else including her new ear-ring was really out of focus. Obviously I need some practice.
I normally shoot in Aperture Priority and as much out of habit as anything I generally shoot at f8.0 unless I’m trying to create some special look with depth of field. At f8.0 you have a relatively large depth of field and seldom have to worry about your subject being out of focus. F8.0 is my go to aperture for wildlife since you can aim at the body of the bird and get the eye in focus as well.
I shot this image at f8.0.
Finally this image of Addie holding on to the large pink Bear, called “Boo-Boo.” That’s the name Angie gave it when she was old enough to talk. She learned to stand holding onto the bear just as Addie is doing. The day after Angie was born I went to the toy store at the mall and said I want the biggest pink stuffed animal you have and this is what they had. I can remember all the looks I got walking through the mall with this thing and at the hospital as well. Josh found Boo-Boo in the store-room yesterday and brought it up. Addie took right to it. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day Wednesday for my working Friends.
I’m taking a brief hiatus from the New York trip to show you three images of our grand kids today.
Austin and Gabby enjoyed riding around the yard in their electric vehicles. No accidents were reported and no property damage.
We had dinner with Angie and Ben Sunday evening to celebrate Ben’s birthday. He did the grilling and I sat and drank wine. Bummer that he had to grill his own birthday dinner. 🙂
Addie is now sitting up and is doing a modified crawl. She is so fun to watch and very expressive. She was not thrilled with me taking flash pictures.
Enjoy your day and be careful. More NY images coming.
Fun afternoon yesterday. Gabby’s gymnastics class had their presentation and we got to watch them go through their paces.
It was actually very interesting. There were three age groups all performing in different areas of the gym and so you could get an idea of the development by age group.
Gabby really enjoys gymnastics class and it shows in the effort she puts into it.
I was very impressed with her routine on the balance beam.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
First, a thank you to my life long friend, Diana! Thank you for checking on me to make sure everything was all right. I tend to get in these motivational / creative funks from time to time and it takes a while to get the energy flowing again.
Last night we celebrated Jeanne’s birthday a couple of days early. Angie and Ben had us over for a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful time.
A couple of weeks ago I gave Josh my little Nikon Coolpix camera that I normally carry on my bike. He has shown a keen interest in photography and so after getting his Mom’s permission I gave him the camera. My wish is that he develops a real passion for photography and that we can spend some quality time teaching and learning from each other.
Gabby also likes to take pictures. This is a little camera that actually takes pictures. I don’t think you can download the images to a computer but you can see what images there are on the back viewing screen. I’m sensing a pattern here as I’ve been taking pictures of the kids since day one and maybe Gabby will want a better camera as she gets a little older as well.
This was the birthday dessert from last night. Angel food cake with strawberrys, whipped cream, and home-made ice cream. I paid the price for eating this but it was worth it. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three unrelated images for you today. Well they have commonality in that they are from our Minnesota trip but other than that they are unrelated to each other.
Every evening Mark and Julia would build a pit fire and we all would sit around and watch the kids play and the sun go down. It was a great time of the day. On this particular night they had S’mores and I had to capture this image of Austin enjoying his.
I believe this is a Double Crested Cormorant. I am always reluctant to identify a bird because I’m usually wrong. I do not study birds but I do enjoy making images of them. There were some pelicans near by so he kept his distance from them. I did read that they spread their wings like this to dry their feathers.
The best way to end this blog is with another sunset. I have about 600 images of sunsets for the trip. I won’t show them all but I do have to show some of them. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today all of them are of my favorite little model Gabby.
We were at Angie and Ben’s last Sunday for dinner and she had been putting frosting on some home-baked cookies. So I had to do a little touch up on these shots to cover up all the frosting that some how made it from the cookies to her face. 🙂
She actually likes it when I take her picture and I can usually get a few good captures before she starts posing and giving me the “cheese” smile.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A couple of images for you today. The 3rd woman in my life. She has become the little poser now. We were celebrating Angie’s birthday on Friday evening (a day early) and were at their home. After dinner I decided to take some images to record the evening. I pointed the camera at Gabby and this is the pose she gave me. She had a fair amount of cheese on her cheek (which took a little Photoshop skills) but I’m use to that by now. 🙂
I think it was Windows 98 (or maybe 95) that came with the desktop image of a field and a cloudy sky. That image was viewed by millions of people around the world. I was out taking pictures last week and came across this scene. It reminded me of that desktop scene so I had to grab a few images.
That’s it for today. Lots of chores to accomplish today but I’ll get some time in for photography as well.
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