I'm joining Karen of Chookooloonks in NaPhoPoMo this month. I usually take photos throughout the week but I love the challenge of taking one every single day. I also love the challenge of narrowing it down to just one on the days that I take several. It feels like anaylzing each photo is as valuable as (if not more so than) the photo taking. It's in the analysis where I make decisions about what works and what doesn't, leading me to take better photos next time.
And then just to contradict myself, this photo from Monday is my favorite from the week. ;) It was the second in a series of about ten that I took of them on the bench with the cats. The first photo was from above and I was just too close to get any sense of context. I backed up to the opposite wall and took this one. Then I noticed the sign to the left and just how well they seemed framed. I had several others with the kids looking at the camera but I like this one best where they aren't.
The kids were out of school both Monday and Tuesday. Monday afternoon we spent at the barn. Tuesday the kids spent the whole day at home in pajamas. She even went without her shirt for part of the day. That made taking photos a bit more difficult. When I noticed these boxes piled up on the counter, I leaned down and used them to cover her up. I'm not sure I like the framing but I like the look she's giving me.
I did not take a photo on Wednesday. I forgot. :( When I remembered late in the evening, I grabbed the camera and took a photo only to have the battery die. I took quite a few on Monday and this was my second favorite. That dappled light is really challenging to get right.
Thursday I went on a field trip with Clara's class to Smallin Cave. The cave and our tour guide were so much more than I expected. It was really great and I was totally bummed that I didn't bring my camera. I took a few photos with my phone and they turned out ok.
I didn't remember on Friday until after sunset, dang daylight savings time! It was good practice working in low light but not my favorite kind of photos to take.
Saturday we raked leaves. The sun was so bright that again it was challenging to get a good shot.
Sunday sun worshipping. I love the way he dozes off with his head up and I was trying to catch the way he was reflected in the refrigerator.
I guess I should mention that I'm using the Fuji X100. Awhile ago I ran across this blog post on Life: Captured Inc. about the Fuji X100s, which is the newer model of my camera. On Monday I decided to try her recommendation about leaving the aperture open at 2, set the ISO, and allow the camera to control the shutter. Then adjust the exposure compensation dial for the situation. I guess it's a mixture between shooting manual and shooting on auto. I'm finding it still takes a lot of practice.