Friday, June 7, 2013

Personal Photo Challenge for June

I have to confess, I forgot to put the photo challenge on my calendar and I'm away babysitting grands.  But, I always carry my Canon Powershot point and shoot with me so I can at least achieve the challenge by changing where I stand and camera angle.
My grandson was concentrating while playing a fast paced game on the kitchen computer.  He seemed the perfect test subject.
From this angle, his little corner was too dark and I felt the patio doors added too much background distraction.
Much better lighting to show more detail, and I moved closer to him too.
This time I moved the camera even closer to catch the concentration on his face as he played the game. The reflections on the computer screen were a problem so it took a couple of angle shots to get rid of them.  Up close and personal with the camera facing down more than right at his sweet little face!
And, a note to self to put the July challenge in my calendar so I can use my trusty Canon that that I paid the big bucks for.  
Our host for the Personal Photo Challenge is Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys.  The challenge blog and participants can be found here and I hope you'll visit as we all try our best to meet Donna's monthly challenge.

18 comments:

  1. Oh yes, the difference can be seen right away. The final photo is nicely done with the boy, his expression, the game minus glare...well done! Next time is birds...start practicing early. I know that I am.

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  2. I think you did well on this as a last minute thing Judith. Your grandson is a perfect subject and you got in nice and close. Enjoy the weekend. Pamela

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  3. I seem to forget about this challenge. I'm sure you enjoyed your time with the grandkids.

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  4. The little guy does look very intent on his game! It's amazing the concentration children can show when engrossed in something they love doing.

    -Karen

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  5. Oh my! What concentration! I hope you didn't cause him to lose points! haha! I love the close up....makes me want to join in and play! Sweet hugs!

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  6. Great subject matter! What could be better! I remember my old 35 mm canon had a back light to use when the subject had light behind it, such as in this case. It surely worked. Now I usually use night setting with a forced flash to fill in, or try it, but it's better to move as you did for a different view. Have fun!

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  7. Judith, here's yet something else you and I have in common: our (apparent) loyalty to Canon! I have done most of my photos for the past few years using a Canon PowerShot (which I love), but I recently bought a new Canon Rebel DSLR and want to learn to take "fancy" photos. Today, my husband passed along a tabletop tripod he found while cleaning out, and it fits my camera. I'm so excited! (OK, that was a bit of a ramble, but I know you understand!)

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  8. This series provides terrific examples of how to hone in on a subject by changing up what you see in the viewfinder, either by moving your feet or using your zoom! You grandson certainly takes center stage with the second and third photos. Such concentration, LOL! Great job on this challenge!

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  9. I love my Canon as well! Great cameras....
    Love the shots! My grandson plays just as intently!Hahaa

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  10. Hey, Judith! I'm back again to give you a couple of tips. I saw some of your comments to others about not being able to get down, due to back knees, to take shots from down low. I can't bend down like that either anymore. So there are some workarounds. For flowers, you can always pick them (if they are yours, LOL) and take shots of them in a vase, and the vase is at a higher elevation than you. You can also get a tripod or use a beanbag support (or even your purse!) for resting your camera at a lower level. Also, use the "live view" function to see how to frame the scene up and review your shots afterwards for focus and depth of field. I took my sunflower photo (shown earlier this week) while it was in a vase. I put the vase on a table on my back porch and used a tripod.

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  11. I meant to say "bad knees" not "back knees." Sorry for the typo, LOL!

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  12. Always a photo op wherever we are...wonderful!

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  13. These are great. My great granddaughter concentrates like your sweet grandson! I enjoy watching the expressions on their little faces. :)

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  14. Nice shot on that last one. He's so engrossed isn't he? You captured it perfectly.

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  15. These shots are a great example of the usefulness of changing perspectives to get better lighting and subject focus. Love the concentration of your grandson!

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  16. That is SO interesting - what a big difference they each make.

    Well done.

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  17. Wonderful shots! And what a cutie your grandson is...enjoy your time there!

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