Regular Life

Regular Life

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Candidly Yours

2976

Sometimes planning goes into candid shots; sometimes they are just dumb luck.

In the first, my son makes his way toward me after washing his hands, and a picture he drew and colored hangs on the refrigerator. I composed that shot quite on purpose, with my son as the focal point, and the drawing carefully in the foreground. I tossed two other attempts, different only by his state of motion, in favor of this one.

2979

In the second, my wife leaves the photo to the left, while our neighbor and his loyal dog make their way across the room. In that case I was just sitting on the couch while the burgers grilled, playing around with how still I could hold my camera. I got a few without people in them, a few with folks sitting on the barstools, but this one I liked best.

Candid shots are my favorites. When I look back at photo albums or magazines, the pictures of people in everyday action speak more loudly about them than any posed picture with perfect studio lighting.

A grin spreads across my face when I see a picture of a friend or family member laughing at what someone, often unseen in the photo, said or did. A posed picture can evoke feelings, but not with nearly the impact. The latter also tells little of the person’s true feelings or thoughts in that moment, or about the space in which he or she lives.

Although a flash sometimes is in order, using existing light lends more credibility to the candid concept. This can result in blurred subjects, but sometimes if it’s just enough to demonstrate motion, and doesn’t fuzz faces beyond recognition, that isn’t a bad thing. I think that in these two photos it works well.

Ben picture details:
Camera: NIKON D50
Lens: AFS-Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED
F-stop: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/25 second
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
Flash: No Flash
Focal Length: 18 mm (about 27mm on the digital body)
ISO: 200
Metering Mode: Spot

Neighbor’s house picture details:
Camera: NIKON D50
Lens: AFS-Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED
F-stop: f/5
Shutter Speed: 1/15 second
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
Flash: No Flash
Focal Length: 18 mm (about 27mm on the digital body)
ISO: 200
Metering Mode: Spot

One Response to Candidly Yours

  1. Those two pics work very well, Mark. I like Ben’s especially, with the hints of hand and foot motion while the rest of the photo is crisp.

    Permalink

Comments are closed.