The Crew

20120728_WoodBurning

The Crew

We recently had visitors and it was a good opportunity for the kids and their visiting friends to have some fun making fires.  Fire, chainsaws…fun stuff indeed.  We were sure to capture some pictures of them together since they live 1000+ miles away and don’t get to visit often.  I used the tripod and wireless remote to get the group shot above.  They were supposedly going for the serious look in the photo below but they never could manage it.

The image above is actually a crop of a larger Brenizer pano that I attempted.  It would’ve been a cool Brenizer except that the smoke in the background varied so much as the individual frames were being taken.  That led to some odd-looking stuff in the final stitch (some of which is actually evident, but not too obvious, in the photo above).  Little puffs of smoke blurred the image in some (small) places which looked rather unnatural.  I didn’t bother saving that larger view.

For safety reasons we keep the fires small and don’t constantly add new “fuel” to them.  This gives the kids plenty of time for play and exploration — they have a blast out there.  There are imaginary forts under the trees, deer tracks to follow, scorpions to find under rocks, and snakes to (pretend you want to) find.  We haven’t run across any rattlers or coral snakes at our place yet but they’re certainly around.  Fortunately I’ve only seen them dead on the road when I’m out running rather than live in the yard.

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5 responses

  1. Great shots Michael, nice crew!

    August 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

  2. Kids with a chainsaw, what could possibly go wrong 🙂

    August 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

    • 🙂 With his parents’ permission (and my very strict supervision) I actually did teach him to use it and he cut a few logs. It’s quite the testoserone booster 🙂

      August 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

      • Should be more of it, too many kids in bubblewrap these days

        August 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

      • Agreed!

        August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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