I apologize to the bloggity blog land – this has been a whirlwind month, turned on it’s head by a series of medical interruptions, but we’re at the beach on the mend and looking to make up for lost time!
Today, Sydney and I were lounging on the balcony, sitting side by side with our feet propped up, drinking our “very special juice drinks” (which, I have on authority, tastes like cookies and ice cream) when I asked her if she wanted to take a picture. She thought for a second as all thoughtful two-and-a-half-year-olds do, and said “Okay mommy, let’s take a picture.”
But Daddy was on his laptop and I really wanted to capture our moment… not just her looking at me. Knowing I had precious time before she changed her mind, I grabbed a gorilla tripod, the wired remote my brother gave me for Christmas two years ago, and ran back out to take our picture on the balcony. The moment was lost – she’d already moved on to see what I was up to – but it did give me a chance to show her that SHE could take OUR picture.
I opened up the balcony doors, balanced the camera on footstool, and I tackled and tickled – our moment was back!
My exposure was a little hot, which is admittedly tough to perfect without a bit of rehearsal – but my goal was to capture the essence of the moment – not the perfection of the moment. And Sydney thought she had to raise the remote up to the camera to make it work, so our tickle became a wrestle. But with a quick crop – it’s just us…
Using the balcony as a GIANT diffuser of bright mid-day sunlight allows for vivid, even lighting. I’ve taken some of my favorite photos of friend’s children in this exact spot with the vivid red couch in the background. The trick is that the subjects are safely in the shade of the indoors, with a giant linear wall of sunshine just three feet away.
So – after a week of rest (and remote work) – we’ll be back to blog… I haven’t forgotten about our series on eyes 🙂