Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Water Photo Challenge

So I have a blog.  And I take LOTS of pictures.  And I have a really nice Canon DSLR camera.  But...it stays...on Auto.  Almost. All. The. Time. 

However, that's about to change. 

Sara over @ The Running Lawyer has posted a few helpful hints for those of us who have these big, heavy, EXPENSIVE cameras that never leave the auto position.  And in addition, she's hosting a photo challenge, encouraging us to take a leap and actually move our dial from the little green square, over into some of the more detailed settings of our camera. 

This month's challenge was all about water.  So...last week when it was actually warm outside, I headed out with Elyse armed with my camera, a hose, and a water table.  And snapped a bunch of pictures, tweaking the settings only ever so slightly to get in some practice.  I am definitely FAR from perfection, but I think I'm beginning to understand some of the basics and I'm excited to take more pictures in the future. 

Here is the photo I chose to use for the contest.  Sure, some of the other photos I took are more of a closeup of Elyse, but this one was me stepping out of my "straight on photo" box and taking one from above.  I just love how her hands are sprayed open wide letting the water splash through her fingers, and how she is focusing so intently on the sensation of moisture on her hands.  I love the sun shining on her hair and the contrast of her blue outfit on the bright green grass.  I love that you can see her little red toenails that have been worn on the edges, because she wears practically nothing but sandles during the summer. 
(f/7.1, 1/4000, ISO 1600, minor edits in Picasa)

However, I snapped many more photos of my girl...and without further adieus...more H2O photos...



Some turned out a little dark while I was experimenting...

 

& some a little light...

But overall, I was pretty pleased with how I captured my girl playing with such a simple thing as water! 

The next day, we also decided to take a visit to a local park with some ducks...I didn't snap many "water" pictures, but I did experiment a bit more and get some pretty decent shots of my growing girl! 
 




Go on over to Sara's blog to check out some other incredible photos, and some wonderfully witty humor from a fellow momma just struggling through! 

5 comments:

Sara said...

Love it! Great photo! Thanks so much for submitting and playing along. A kid with a hose is a HAPPY kid! She's a doll.

Lauren said...

Your photo turned out really well! It's a great shot! :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I just saw someone else post about that photo challenge. Ill have to check it out! And not the point, but can we talk about Elyse's ponytail?? I die.

Jessica said...

What great pictures!!

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

I think this is a really great idea, and props to you for extending out from the "auto" zone (where I'm still stuck!) :)