This week Cee mentions that it’s always good to take more than one picture of a subject and for the most part that is something I usually do.
I love taking pictures of our ‘little princess’ but it’s not until later when I review the images that I know what I’ve really captured. Everything always happens so quickly and much of the time the images are blurred but I know if I keep clicking away I’m bound to get some that are OK.
Here are pictures of the gazebo at Cantigny Park. I took several of these, the first two from only a slightly different vantage point and the third from a totally angle. Landscapes are somewhat easier than children to photograph, I find. They don’t move around so much and you can generally take your time composing the shot.
Wildlife, like children, tend not to stay in one place for too long. If you see something interesting, take a picture right away. Don’t fanny about waiting for the thing to come closer or the light to be just right. The picture may not be perfect but it may be the only one you get. Then, if you’re lucky enough, you may get a second or third shot at it.
Sometimes when you’re in a place that you know you may never be able to visit again or at that once-in-a-lifetime occasion, you feel like you want to take as many pictures as possible. I don’t know how many shots I took of the Balanced Rock in Arches National Park but I had a hard time leaving without taking just one more.
Cee also asks us to choose two images from our post and explain what we like about them and whether we were surprised by anything in their content. I’ve chosen two from ‘the princess’ series. I’ll start by explaining that I don’t like to take posed pictures. For me they never work. The kids usually have fixed grins that don’t look natural or stand to attention like little toy soldiers, so I wait until they’re playing and their attention is drawn away from the camera. The first picture I like because she was in dress-up mode and also in a good mood. I caught her just as she was about to blow a kiss to the handsome prince, or in this case, Grandpa. I was surprised by the fact that the lighting turned out way better than I expected because of the window right behind her, which doesn’t usually work well.
The second picture was totally unexpected and I had to move very quickly to get it before the moment passed. What self-respecting princess would be caught without a green Gummy Lifesaver!
For more on Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/10/14/cees-compose-yourself-challenge-week-3-always-take-more-than-one-photo/