Friday, January 4, 2008

A Playground Moment


For me, photographing my kids is very exciting. I just never know what I am going to get. They are young but a bit jaded at times when it comes to letting me take their picture. So I try not to make a big deal of it. Anyway, we were at our favorite playground this weekend (trying to get them to burn off some energy), Clemyjontri Park. I was following them around with my wife's point and shoot Nikon Coolpix trying to be unobtrusive with my kids and also not freak out all the other parents with a big camera. Rowan climbed onto this tire and was playing around a bit. Initially I did not think much of it. But then I saw this other kid (not one of mine) come running down the colored lanes from my left. I thought I could get a moment with him running past, so I just lowered the camera to my waist (trying to get a more kid-friendly view point) and waited about a second then hit the shutter. I was hoping to catch him in mid-stride, which worked (though I wish I had caught him when I hit the shutter as he was moving between the blue and red posts, but oh well). When I reviewed the image, what I had not seen was Rowan looking into the wind with her hair getting tossed around. Two moments in one captured together. For me these are the pictures that make photography interesting and fun. Sometimes no matter what you plan, see, think you know, you can be surprised and rewarded.

New Year's Resolution: take 1 picture every day (does not have to be great, does not have to be a keeper, just pick up a camera every day and take at least 1 picture). So far I am 3 for 3. :-)

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