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07-AUG-2007 John Buffin

Back to Basics

This is the whole reason I own a camera today. Somewhere, I lost sight of that, with all the weddings,
portrait shoots, and fireworks photos. It's grown into a monster that I'm just starting to understand.

Before Ian came along, I had very little interest in photography. My dad had owned an Olympus OM-10
for a number of years, and while I thought it was cool, it just never occurred to me that it might
be something that I would like to do. I had used disposable cameras a few times, most notably at my
brothers wedding, where I took photos of things that aren't safe for discussion in a family forum. =)

So here I sit tonight, waiting for my son to come home from VBS, and I thought that tonight would be
a good night to just snap some candids in the living room. I used to do this all the time when he
was little. He used to be a little more cooperative back then too. Like I've always said, I'm not
above bribing the models. I told him that if he sat nicely, that I would let him watch a Bugs Bunny
dvd for a while before bed.

My specialty for the longest time was the "bounce the flash off the ceiling" shot. I had forgotten
how nice the light is being bounced off such a large white reflector. Back before TTL metering,
I used to have to do it manually with my Sony S85 and HVLF 1000 external flash, adjusting the
aperture as the distance to target changed. Man, have I gotten lazy. Now I just set it, and forget it!

So, here I am, getting back to basics and the whole reason I wanted a camera in the first place.
To take pictures of the most beautiful gift my wife has ever given me.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
1/80s f/2.2 at 28.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Carrie22-Jan-2009 02:42
WOW. "This" really is the reason for it all, isn't it?. I too, have forgotten how simple photography can be, and as a result, I wont take a shot, unless its something that I feel is "worthy". In 20 years, my boys aren't going to care about shutter speed, and aperture, and I am sure yours will not either.

It does one good to browse others galleries.. it helps keep our feet on the ground. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life. Hug that little one, and Eli as well.. Amber too.. they all are the reason. .. and great gifts they are.
Donavan 15-Nov-2007 00:46
What kind of flash was used here, it looks great!

And what kind of lights do you use in your studio shots?

Your shots are terrific!

Hey, I was looking towards getting that 28mm 1.8 for my new 40D, do you like it?

Keep up the great work.
Ed Preston08-Aug-2007 22:01
Just to let you know, Grandma and Grandpa are having a good time with them McKinneys down here in Texas! We miss ya'll!
Mike Stobbs08-Aug-2007 14:00
That's what I like back to the basics........ my Dad showed me this also....well done John......Mike
Jim Larkin08-Aug-2007 03:56
Yeah....good stuff. I'm with you. I have hundreds of pictures of the girls. Just snapshots. Those are the ones I will be glad I took one day.
Guest 08-Aug-2007 03:08
Good capture!
Guest 08-Aug-2007 02:42
The Super Cutie! Great eyes, love the little catchlights!
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