slide

Slide was the OTP assignment this week. I put a little extra little extra time and effort into it because…well I had suggested it to the guys. As seems to be a common complaint on my end, it turned out harder than I thought. I knew it wouldn’t be easy because I had already shot the hell out of the slide at home and its hard to make it out to the park…which I have already shot up pretty good anyways. What made it particularly tough is the act of sliding turned out to be very difficult to catch. This might have been my best photo of the verb slide…but it might also was maybe my only decent photo.

However, I liked it quite a bit, it had both the verb and the noun and so it became my upload to the group.

slide
slide

Instead, I think it was easier to capture the anticipation or completion of a slide. Its not that she was posing still for the camera, but the anticipation and the completion was a whole lot less kinetic and easier to capture.

top
top
bottom
bottom

The other approach was to treat the slide as a physical object. Since I was indoors in lowish light I was using my 50mm f/1.8 so it naturally lent itself shooting details.

peak
peak

But the slide was also small enough that I was able to use it in the background. In the detail and this following shot, I used the baby to add visual spice, though such a trick isn’t really necessary, as in this homage to Maarten Rots.

baby
baby
slide
slide

sprouts

In Vegas, its hard to find some good play areas. This is not ideal either, but it is air conditioned.

She had a lot of fun with cereal. And I did to…this aisle didn’t have a bunch of glass jars!

the heart of cereal
the heart of cereal

She’s taken to backing up to various vertical surfaces so we will measure her height. A column is pretty vertical.

measuring up
measuring up

slide

Slidin' down
Slidin’

I have been playing around with a “lens of the week” for the past couple months, however I think I’m settling in on really wanting to get to know my 28mm well. I’m a little frustrated with the f/3.5. Its not so much the extra couple stops of light that might be handy at times, but the fact its so dark in the viewfinder. I think I’ll push it for a little bit and if I still find it annoying a couple months from now I might sneak off and buy a 24mm f/2. But that will be a pricy purchase I can’t really sneak off an do.

In any case, the other night I took some shots of the girl on her slide. They weren’t perfectly in focus but they say something. For the big blurry single shot I’m not totally sure what its saying but I quite like it. The story is of course a bit more obvious in the picasa triptych, but I think the real star in that one is the bright red slide.

Lookin' Down
Lookin’

stack

This week’s OTP assignment was stack. Given Dara’s recent development, I thought it would be a slam dunk since she now does actually stack stuff instead of running around and knocking things over. By was I wrong. Given the indoor light, I was running the shutter slow and just had a bad run of manual focusing last night. But in the end I was able to get two decent images, but only by going black and white and totally cranking on the contrast.

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This second photo was also heavily cropped. Playing with these images brought back memories of my first architecture studio, ED11a with Joe Slusky and Chip Sullivan. It wasn’t really even an architecture studio but a drawing and visual studies class and we started with a lot of abstract studies which these photos start veering towards when you push and pull on them so hard in the computer.

exploration peak

Not the first visit to the waterpark this past sunday…but she’s still feeling it out.

And I pulled out the old 135mm f/2.8 That’s a mighty fine lens. If I could just get the focusing ring to move a little faster.

Lighter
Lighter
Darker
Darker

And the iPhone works just great too =)

Feet!
Feet!

generations

This week’s OTP assignment was generations. Given that we’re living with my inlaws still, it turned out to be both easy pickin’s and difficult. After all, over the past couple years I’ve taken all the normal photos I could think with baby, grandma, momma, etc. The big break came on Saturday night when we were just chillin’ out in the backyard. I pulled out the camera and fired off some 30 second exposures. Yeah it was dark, I was literally turning off the camera so I would have no light, and then flipping it on and firing the shutter.

In the middle of one of these long exposures, Jing’s mom swapped out with Jing’s dad, which led to this ghostly moment which I uploaded to the google+ site.

Grandpa
Grandpa

It was a tough decision between that one and this one. In the end I went with the ghostly partial image, but I really liked the one with the three ladies as well.

Three
Three

My mom was also in town this week. My initial attempt at the assignment was to shoot the baby and my mom one morning, but the light was harsh and super high contrast which led to tough choices like this.

Hey!
Hey!

But I did get a couple decent photos that included my mom, not perfectly due to the imperfect focus, but the moment was pretty awesome.

Cherry Tomato!
Cherry Tomato!

water

It seems that a lot of these podcasts are playing with assignments. For June TWiP family had “water” as their assignment and more specifically playing with different shitter speeds. We don’t do much with water around here, the baby is a bit young and the summer a bit hot for water parks, and it didn’t seem right to hit up bath photos. But I did get a couple shots of her while grandpa was watering the plants.

1/60
1/60
1/800
1/800