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.