Monday's Behind My Lens: #1

Welcome to my new Monday discussion series behind my lens where I'll take a recent photo and talk about how I achieved the look.

This week is about getting down and dirty. If you want the best shot be prepared to lay in the mud
and that's pretty much what I did to get this photo.

The kiddos and I have been spending a lot of time at the playground now that the weather has cooled down and playgrounds are a perfect opportunity to get creative.
 I particularly love jungle gyms and this one isn't more than 4 feet tall so laying down in the dirt, mud and fire ants was the only way to get what I wanted, sitting didn't give me the angle I needed, which was a straight on shot with lots of hanging hair.

I usually try not to pose kids, instead I will give them a general location to be in, 
so after the kiddos climbed to the top and I laid down flat on my back and clicked away as they wiggled and giggled and somehow Zen even managed to get himself stuck.

I played around with the composition first trying it as a horizontal then vertical. After 16 years as a newspaper photographer the one thing I learned was shoot every image both ways if possible. Coming back to the office I never knew which size hole they needed to be filled for the frontpage so it's better to have shoot it right the first time especially if you can't go back and reshoot.

Canon Mark II, 14mm ISO 200,  f/10 , 1/100,  flash compensation -0.3
Florabella Photoshop actions Subtle Color + Pink Honey

I really like all the lines in this photo they lead the eye up to the subjects and since it wasn't a portrait session I didn't have to worry about faces and just let them have fun.

Canon Mark II, 24mm, ISO 125,  f/11, 1/25

Since so many of you commented on our merry-go-round photo I thought I'd share a how to.
First I set your camera on a slow shutter speed and make sure you have an empty stomach,
 that's is pretty much all you'll need, oh and someone to spin it while you shoot.

I'd love to see some of your photos and photography tips,  leave a comment with a link back to your blog and I'll feature one of you in next Monday's Behind My Lens post.

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and then, she {snapped}
 blueberry craft and hobby time


  1. Awesome photos! I love the utter bliss that is evident on the kids faces!

  2. Wow! Love the energy captured in these photos ~ Just fantastic ~ very professional ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  3. The image feels SO stomach immediately jumped☺ Great job.
    Laurie @ pride in photos

  4. I love this idea of you sharing how you accomplished some of your shots. Thank you so much! I am your newest follower!


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