Sunday, January 27, 2013

4/52: A Different Perspective

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 4 Prompt: A Different Perspective 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 3200 • 35mm 

My little guy has been really sick this week. Well, we didn't realize how sick he was until this weekend. All week he had a been a bit off. Cranky, tired, wanting to nap more than usual, not eating... you get the point. He also difficult at school this week, which is out of character for him. We weren't really sure what was happening; I attributed it to a growth spurt or milestone. He tends to 'defrag' right before hitting some great stride, as is common with kids with sensory issues (you can find out more info about SPD here). 

Then on Saturday night he started with a horrible cough and a low grade fever. Ah ha... the past week's struggles made perfect sense. His immune system was gearing up to fight off some nasty bug, and it threw the rest of his senses out of wack. So a warm Eucalyptus bath, an early bedtime, and late rise on Sunday, coupled with lots of homeopathic remedies and some TLC has helped him to work through the worst of it.

Despite not feeling too great, he still had motivation to play with his trains (albeit by laying on the floor and watching them go round the tracks). No reenactments, no role play, no sounds effects, and no movement on his behalf; totally not his typical method of play, but he was still in the thick of it. Since this week's prompt was 'A Different Perspective" I thought this would be the perfect capture to illustrate that idea.

I used Paint the Moon's Candy Light Pop from the Fresh Collection to process the image after a bit of tweaking of the RAW file in Aperture. This is by no means a technically perfect image; the ISO was way high (hence the grain), and it's a bit blurry on his face. However, I think the imperfection lends itself to the prompt and his mood; he's not feeling perfect, so a perfect picture it's not.

Friday, January 11, 2013

2/52: This Makes Me Laugh

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 2 Prompt: This Makes Me Laugh 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ5.6 • ISO 1000 • 35mm 

I washed his coat one night, only to find out too late that he had stashed a dog bone in one of the pockets. Three cycles later, I wasn't laughing when the tiny bits of crumbled dog treat were finally out of our clothing.

Since then, I have made it a habit to clean out his pockets before doing laundry. I sometimes marvel at the collection of things that he acquires in a week's time. 

My son has a tendency to covet small items that fit in his little palm. Sometimes he is drawn to the texture and other times he likes the color of an item. I never know what I will find in his pockets; a 'long lost' toy, a rock picked up during a recent hike, half eaten snacks (his or the dog's), a living beetle, bird feathers, coins, my mother's stitch markers, the label from his shirt that HAD to be removed, foam stickers, M & M's, the list goes on.

One day these little treasures will evolve into more serious bounty. So, for now I just laugh and treasure what I find in his pockets. And I hope that when he is grown this image will remind me of when he was small and a world of fascination could fit in the palm of his hand

Sunday, January 6, 2013

1/52: Evening Rituals

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 1 Prompt: Evening Rituals 

Nikon D5000 • 1/60 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 5000 • 35mm
I set up this shot prior to getting into bed. Then I instructed my husband to sneak in once we were asleep to take a few pictures. 

Sometimes we read, sometimes we take a bath, sometimes we have an evening snack. The one thing that is constant is that I will lay down with our little guy until he falls asleep. We've been doing this since he was born. I would nurse him to sleep every night (for 28 months) and either co-sleep or move him to his crib. He's been weaned for some time, so now he just wants a mommy snuggle to help him relax and drift off.  Some nights we will bed share until dawn, and other nights he asks to go to his own room once he is sleepy. 

These are the nights that I cherish, because I know that they are fleeting. He won't always want mommy to lay with him until he falls asleep, so I want to soak it all in before it's gone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's Do 52

This year I have resolved to be more consistent with my blog posts. To help me attain this goal I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. This year's theme is This is Our Life.

Annie Manning writes on her blog, "There will be a prompt or theme every week for those who find it beneficial or challenging to have something specific to shoot in their project, but for those who simply want to venture out on their own and record the moments that matter to them regardless of the theme I wholeheartedly invite you to do so. Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a pro, you don’t even have to shoot with a DSLR to join, and you don’t need to use any Paint the Moon products to participate (although the images picked to be featured on the blog will be those that used PTM in their editing). Join anytime of the year and no beating yourself up if you miss a week … this is a no pressure or guilt project!".

I think this is the perfect 52 Project for me to participate in since my photographic style tends to lean toward lifestyle photography. I am looking forward to honing my photographic skills and further explore the capabilities of my camera equipment.

I will be shooting with a Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 35mm f/1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, and 55-200mm f/1.4-5.6 lenses. The camera body is pretty decent, although I wish it were a little faster and produced less noise in low light. 

My ultimate goal is to get to a point where I can produce professional level images with this equipment, then upgrade to a Nikon D700. 

I primarily shoot with the 35mm, as I love the bokeh that comes from it, and the low light capabilities. My dream lens is an AFS 85mm f1/4, but for now it is a bit out of my price range. If anyone feels like gifting it to me, I wouldn't object.

I hope that you join us on this 52 Project! I look forward to the challenge each week and can't wait to share with you what I do!