Two very excellent professional photographer acquaintances of mine (Jason and Darcy at Revival Arts) are a huge photographic inspiration to me. I am in awe of the shots they think of, let alone take. While we were on the Oregon Coast, I thought I might try emulating some shots I’ve seen on their blog (which you should totally check out – it’s over there, on the right).
What do you think? Did they work?
That’s Ben. At first I was sure this was going to be a remake of White Men Can’t Jump because Ben could not get off the ground. He managed this shot pretty well.
And this is Hannah. I set the camera on high speed continuous shooting and managed to pull out a couple of good frames. She was game to keep jumping, but I think that may have been because she was so psyched to be at the ocean.
I took an evening class last Thursday on how to improve my photos. Jason and Darcie from Revival Arts Studio were wonderful and they provided a good reminder of the elements of good photography. I’ve been winging it lately, rather than taking my time.
The kids and I went out and wandered through the local flea market on Sunday morning. We then hiked through Downes Bowl, a local mountain bike rider hangout. On the way back I took my time and took a few shots of my kids. I think this one works, but you can let me know.
Pentax K20D ; Pentax M SMC 28mm; ISO 100; f2.8; 1/2500 sec.
Hannah and I went out to the park; she practiced on her inline skates, I broke in my new running shoes. After the park I gave her the choice for dinner and she chose sushi. We ordered Salmon and California rolls, tempura yams and some steamed rice, along with tea and ginger ale. She tried it all. Apparently she’s not such a big fan of the salmon rolls and wouldn’t go anywhere near the wasabi, but she tried sushi twenty years before I ever did. I’m always so proud of her (well, when she’s not dropping clothing on her floor). She’s my “kiddo”.
Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 28mm; f2.8; ISO 400; 1/25 sec.
The force is strong with them.
My kids, the girl with the braid and the blond boy next to her, received their diplomas stating that their training as Jedi was complete. I’m pretty sure I was giggling and wishing that I could have been up their with them.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f9; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.
I posted yesterday that seeing the Disney parks through my children’s eyes made the whole experience really wonderful for me. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and their wonder and awe as they wandered was fun to watch.
The photo above was taken at California Adventure. At the end of our second day in Disneyland, we went to CA to plan our next day’s itinerary. We got to the park just as a High School Musical show was starting in the Sun Plaza just in from the main entrance. My children loved it. There was singing, dancing, and it was interactive, as I found out.
What I have discovered about the Disney parks is that the closer you sit to the show/parade/musical experience, the more likely it is that you’ll be participating. To the delight of my wife and kids, I was chosen to participate in the show, with a top hat and cane and a bunch of 20-something dancers dancing around me. It was awesome!
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55 AL II; f8; ISO 200; 1/400 sec.