Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring (and my first attempt at shooting exlusively in manual mode)

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of going to a photography class. If you are in the market, Rocky Mountain School of Photography's weekend classes are incredible. I have been learning about my camera and trying to learn to shoot in manual...and failing. This class gave me push to try to again.

With the gorgeous weather we've been having I've been outside a lot. But my yard is just kind of icky for trying to get good pictures. It's small, the neighbors garages don't make awesome backdrops, yadda, yadda, yadda. So today we headed to the park for some play for the kids and practice for me. It's a win-win! All these are SOOC.

Oh, Man! When did my boy get so big. He spent most of the time watching the teens play on the super crowded basketball court. He was really wanting to play today. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to take him down to the less busy park near us. At least he chose a spot with interesting light. It was sort of a win- win that way, right?

See the crazy busy court behind her? She was so sweet hanging out with her the little sister on the slides. This was the only picture I got of her before she joined a game of tag. After that I wasn't even going to attempt manual shooting.
Girly-girl loved this little slide. She was ornery on it. She loves climbing up and playing queen of the slide. I thought this was the best exposure shot of the day.
Hey! Do I know you?
Okay, so not only was this the worst exposure of the day. (Backlit shots are hard! - at least for me.) But, while posing for the picture, notice what she's doing. That's right, fixing her hair. Guess how fast she went down that pole? My poor baby. She got back on the horse (or pole in this case) and managed to hold on tighter when she didn't have to think about smiling.
I love the light and her expression in this one. Overexposed for sure, but I still love it!

After Bree melted down at the park we headed to Chick-fil-@ for kids night. Talk about crazy! At least the kids got to enjoy their ice cream and I got to practice more. It's amazing how the slightest shift in light change the feel of the whole picture.


Marley's Mama said...

These are so rich!! Love them- my critical eye for photography isn't as good as yours but I think the kids and your photos are BEAUTIFUL!!

Lindsey said...

Great pictures with four adorable kiddos! :) I can't believe how big they are getting. I'd like to take a photography class too one of these days.

Brandi said...

Grrrr. I just looked at my blogroll and I realized I missed your post from 2 weeks ago. TWO?! I also missed my BFF's that she posted. GAH!

Good for you for shooting in M!!! I was hesitant to do it, but I found that I like the pics much better. It does take quite a bit of practice though, and the dang lighting gets me every time. I get downright giddy for overcast days now. I saw tonight that rain is in the forecast for later this week and I got excited. LOL.

Great pics! The kids are all getting so big. Miss Hope IS getting some flippable hair! ;) Beautiful babies.

Rachel said...

Congrats! It can be so daunting to move that dial to M, but look at the shots you are getting!

Love how they posed for you - now THAT is a real trick :)

Tiffany Bleger said...

Gaah!!! How did I just find this post? Darn my reader app on the phone.

I cannot believe how big that sweet baby is getting. She's still supposed to be tiny!

And kudos for shooting in manual. I am terrified to try. I have NO idea what it all means.

Tiffany Bleger said...

Ok. When did your sweet baby turn into a beautiful toddler?!?!?! Apparently I blinked or something...

Kudos for shooting in manual. I'm terrified to turn the dial.