April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
On a recent visit to Cincinnati, our hotel room (Which was in Covington, KY) overlooked a busy highway and we had a balcony outside the door. I had been looking for an opportunity to practice some nighttime photography and I thought the busy cars would present the perfect opportunity to practice.
I used the balcony railing to hold the camera steady and I set the self timer to take the shot.
Camera Settings: f/5.6, 8s, ISO 100
Keeping my ISO low meant that I had to set the shutter speed for 8 seconds. A longer shutter speed meant that I could get streaks of light instead of spots from the headlights of the cars on the highway.
While in Cincinnati/Convington, we visited the Creation Museum with some other students from my son’s school. They have a very nice garden that we walked through. Wyatt and I both used the opportunity to take some snap shots.
Everything stops when we hear a jet flying overhead. These two stop and look up into the air whenever that noise is heard, wherever we are.
Jer got a few of Wyatt and I. I had to take the opportunity to embarrass him. Don’t worry – none of his friends were around to witness this.
He got to ride the camel and I took this photo before he started the walk. I don’t know exactly what he is thinking, but it’s apparent he is thinking something. Probably something about me pointing that camera at him, again.
With photography blog’s and Pinterest, it’s easy to fall into the thinking that a photo has little value unless it is perfectly composed, with the right lighting, and a trendy pose. However, the photos we capture of every day moments, or of a facial expression, or of an event that’s important in the life of our family will be more treasured than any perfectly set up and executed photograph. If I view a photo and it brings back a memory or evokes an emotion, that is a photo with value. That is a snapshot of a moment in my life that I will be glad to remember when I am older and have even more gray hair.
What about you? Do you prefer posed shots or snap shots?