I’m thankful for:
Jesus dying in my place…I’m glad I don’t have to pay the eternal price for the garbage I’ve done.
Family…wife of nearly 25 years, 10 wonderful children, great extended family.
Friends…*good* friends, more than we can count.
Employment…21+ years in the same company.
Shelter…middle class by American standards…nicer than most of the world lives in.
Health…my back/knee problems are piddly compared to the problems of others.
I could go on but you get the idea. My son says that he’s thankful for the five F’s: forgiveness, family, friends, food, and football.
The portrait was lit with some fill through an umbrella at camera right, triggered via Elinchrom Skyports. I wanted to place the light on-axis just above the camera but the tree situation makes it impossible. The camera-right placement gives some odd shadows but it works well enough.
We were staying with friends in Rockport, TX this past summer. As some of us were standing on the second-story porch my wife called out, “Mike, get the camera quick!”. I quickly captured this shot with our Rebel XT. It tells of a 19-year-old boy loving his young adopted brother. The younger brother feels safe walking with his older brother…you get the idea. It’s a special photo.
Sometime back I wrote about capturing candids even when you are posing your subjects. I also wrote about being ready with the camera. As I was looking through some old pictures recently, I found myself being reminded over and over to take plenty of candid shots. These often end up being our family favorites.
Here are a few other candids which have become favorites. They aren’t necessarily the best technical or artistic shots but they’re personally meaningful because of the moment they captured
My son spent hours on this little piece of Rockport waterfront picking up “stuff”. I have no idea what he was finding but he sure had a good time. It was very cute to see the intensity with which he scoured the sand.
My wife and I are blessed with a set of very close friends. Over the summer five couples took a trip to Montana and simply had a blast. One afternoon we drove to Bear Tooth Pass (see a great image of what we were looking at here in Justin Kern’s photos) and got out to walk around. I was snapping photos here and there and as I turned back to the group I saw them in this pose. I said, “Freeze” and took this shot. It’s one of the images I revisit regularly and it reminds me of a great time with friends.
Shoot tons of photos and you’ll capture some good ones. Of course, be ruthless when you’re committing them to your hard drive — throw out the junk. You’ll be glad you didn’t hesitate to click the shutter.
I really like watching football (and many other sports). However, I find myself watching less and less and I’ve decided this is a good thing as it gives me much more time to do “stuff”. It gives me more time to interact with friends and family.
New Year’s Day has historically been a football and food feast for me but this year we just hung out with friends in Fredericksburg. We ice skated, ate a lot of food, and jawed. Enjoyed it immensely. Talked about subjects ranging from family to faith to photography. Just enjoyed the fellowship and I didn’t miss the football at all.
The image above was made from three exposures tonemapped in Photomatix, blended with the ‘0’ exposure somewhat (and a teeny, tiny bit of the -2 exposure to squelch a few blown-out highlights). Played with contrast and some sharpening in Lightroom. I could have easily brought out much detail from the shadows but the real scene was full of dark shadows. The warmth of this room is intense — lots of warm lighting on all the reds and yellows in the room, with a warm fire adding to the light.