Archive for February, 2010

Weekend Favorite

This is, without a doubt, my favorite picture from this weekend. I’ve been trying to get a satisfying picture of that piano for quite some time. Turns out I had to put a little girl in front of it. Go figure.

A bit unusual for me lately, but no strobes used. It was a bit later in the afternoon so the sun was giving us the nice long shadows. I used a diffuser to soften the light on Stella.

Another one I like of Norah:

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Stella’s Birthday Picture Progression

It’s been a slow month of shooting for me. I’ve been in the doldrums photographically speaking, and it’s been cold and snowy. I’ve been trying my hand at printing lately and that’s been okay, but doesn’t provide much in the way of new output.

We do try to get a birthday picture of each girl, so we’ll have a running memory when they’re older. Stella turned 3 on January 1st, and we need to get to snappin’. I had an idea to try and bury her in all of the girls stuffed animals (well, all that were available in the basement anyway).

Here was my first trial picture:


Zoomed in a bit to remove the carpet and get a bit closer to what I’d had in mind:


That was it for the day. I mulled it over and decided to pursue it just a bit more. So, the next day I tried a slightly different approach, with her against the wall and the animals all around her:


Then we went to lying down horizontally and again covered her (Please forgive the saturation, if that type of thing bugs you):


I thought things were going okay, but then Norah got involved:


I did manage to get her stabilized just a bit for a quick picture:


I’ve not settled on whether to continue with the stuffed animal approach or not. I think that I’d have to get a few more animals, and it would probably be good to put her on either the pink seamless or a white background. Really just something other than carpet or wall so that it looks a bit nicer if the animals don’t cover everything completely.