Thursday, May 31, 2007

Singin' in the rain

I don't take nearly enough pictures of my kids. If we're out somewhere doing something I never remember to bring my camera with me. If we're at home and the kids are being cute I find myself thinking "I can't take a picture of that, there's a pile of laundry in the background". A big problem is that I really am not crazy about my camera. I feel like 1 out of 20 shots that I take turn out well. So a lot of the time I just don't bother. And no, you don't need to point out to me that 1 out of 20 is still better than the 0 out of 20 I get when I don't take any at all.

It finally occured to me that in order to start getting better pictures I need to start taking more. I need to practice and play around with what makes a good shot. I know, it's a no brainer but it took me a while to realize that.

Yesterday it was raining like crazy and Joseph wanted to go out and walk in the rain with his umbrella. I stayed on the porch with Elle and I took about 50 pictures of Joseph dancing in the rain. Every time I tried to get a shot of his face he would turn away or move the umbrella. Finally I stopped trying to get one of his face and just concentrated on just capturing the moment. Let me know what you think, I'm pretty pleased with the way a few of them turned out.






9 comments:

Sophie Treadmill said...

Okay, those pics are too cute! I think your pics are great. I never take pics. Like never. So you should be proud. One of these days I'll have to take a pic and figure out how to post one, so you all can see what I actually look like.

Sticky Keys said...

Did you take these... from a helicopter? Hee! I was like, where is Jen?!? Very cute pics.

shyestviolet said...

they're all magnificent :D

Grandma Judy said...

Jen.....those are fantastic..... you can do this!!! I think you are your own worst critic!! Just keep on snappin....... and that was so cute.... Jospeh dancing in the rain!! What great composition and spontaneous!!! Grandma Judy

melody said...

Those are such fun, precious moments you've captured. You did a fantastic job snapping these. What a subject...little boy barefoot in the rain...made me start singing Jimmy Buffet's "Barefoot Children"

...Barefoot children in the rain
Got no need to explain...

Damselfly said...

Look out, Gene Kelly!

nell said...

They look great! I love letting the kids play in the rain, he looks like he's having a blast.

Oh, The Joys said...

What a great series of photos! It makes me want to run out and splash around!

thejesse said...

I think those pictures are fantastic! Sometimes people get too caught up in the technical aspects of photography. The essence of photography is the conveyance of emotion. You've done that superbly here.
Put another way, the subject is what really matters in photography, all the other stuff is just window dressing. As long as you love the subject it will come through. Don't worry about the rest. Framing, lighting, exposure, etc. will come with experience.

I find it interesting they way your son avoids the camera. My son, nine and autistic, LOVES the camera.

Keep up the good work.