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Well hello, people! I know. I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve decided to wipe the dust off of my trusty Nikon and get back into this photography game. CALM DOWN! I know you’re excited, but I’m going to ease my way back into this. So don’t expect a barrage of posts … at least not right away.
So, for some strange reason, I realized today that I’ve never taken my son to Coldstone before. For those of you who don’t know, Coldstone is an ice cream shop that is, well, EVERYTHING. Imagine eating the ice cream that you love the most. After eating Coldstone, that ice cream will taste like hobo underwear dipped in a garbage juice au jus. Anyway, I figured today would be a good day to take him. We could eat the ice cream outside, and I could snap some pictures.
Everything went very well. He enjoyed the ice cream. “Can we come back here and get the same thing again, Daddy?” BTW, we had the Apple Pie a la Coldstone. My favorite one there. I also took these photos while he was eating.
So not only is the photo above my favorite of the 3, it’s probably one of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. I love LITERALLY everything about it – the depth of field, his eyes, the ice cream on his mouth … EVERYTHING.
Finally, I’ve decided that going forward, I’m going to dedicate a paragraph or two in each blog post to talk about how I took the photos in the post. Most of what I’m going to say will probably seem like a foreign language to the vast majority of you, but for those of you still learning photography – actually, let me rephrase that – for those of you just starting to learn photography (we’re all always learning), these paragraphs could be helpful.
All of these were very simple shots. There was no work put into them as I was shooting them. These were all shot at f/2.8 on my 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. My camera was in aperture-priority mode, so I set the aperture, and the camera selected the shutter speed based on the available light in order to give me a proper exposure. My ISO was at 200, which is where I keep it unless I have to change it.
One weird thing that I’ve always noticed is that, in-camera, when pictures look like they’re properly exposed, they always look too dark when I view them on my computer. That was the case with these. When I opened them in Photoshop, I changed the exposure on all of them, increasing them about half a stop apiece, basically until they were pleasing to my eye. I sharpened them a bit, whitened his eyes, removed a blemish a two or on his face, smoothed his skin a bit, and that was it for any post production.
So that’s it for now. Feel free to leave a comment here or my Facebook fan page, and I promise I’m going to start updating this more often.
Nowhere in the topic description does it say it has to be MY handwriting. 🙂
Yes, this photo is staged. Sue me. lol I do what I have to do for the sake of art. I wanted a photo for today that was based upon something other than the COLOR blue, so I told my son to make a sad face. Just like reality TV, reality photography can be scripted as well. 🙂 If this photo were NOT staged, trust me, it’d be UGLY. He has a very gnarly cry face. lol
Still sick, and not really feeling like leaving the bed, the “inside your closet” topic was a good one for me on this day. This shelf on my closet tells a good story of the important things in my life: My city and my family. At this point, I pretty much accepted that I’d be using my phone for these pictures for the next couple days. lol
This is the view I had upon greeting my son after daycare and cupcakes. 🙂 Click to enlarge. (Highly recommended!)
For more info on the project, head here: https://michaellacombe.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/a-new-photo-a-day-challenge/
He is becoming a long and lanky little man child! And those eyes? They become more expressive by the day. He won’t shut up. His vocabulary expands by the hour. He sings all of the songs from the Kidz Bop commercials. This is my son at 3 years old, and I couldn’t possibly love anything or anyone more than I love him.
Isn’t it obvious? 🙂