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EXERCISE ONE

September 8, 2008

I know it’s not a very creative or exciting title. But I wanted to use it to introduce you to an idea a photographer friend and I had a week or so ago. We decided to create photographic exercises every 10 days or so. The purpose would be to learn new techniques, force ourselves to shoot outside of our comfort zones and of course to stay in touch. She, Jessica, lives on the opposite side of the country to me. Our due date was Sunday, yesterday, and be sure to check out her post as well.

Our first Exercise was inspired by Me Ra Koh. Jessica has Me Ra’s DVD called “Refuse to Say Cheese” and created this idea from it. Here are Jessica’s exact instructions:

Choose 4 THINGS that each of our kids love to play with right now – their favorite things…capture the details of these toys or books or whatever it is. Also them playing/or wearing / or doing…etc with these favorite things.
One more thing…photograph your kids IN one of they’re favorite PLACES to be at this time in their life!

There you have it. Inspired by Me Ra!

And this is how I interpreted it.

1. Here is our youngest in one of his most favorite spots of all, his daddy’s arms. I doubt this one will ever change.
excavator

2. This photo symbolizes the fact that this is one four year old boy who LOVES to learn. He believes learning is as fun as playing, it is playing. His first way of communicating was through sign language and he still likes to use it. This is how our whole family says, ‘I Love You’. Even my husband and I sign it to each other.
I love you.

3. Every growing boy has one of these. We have one of each kind of truck in each available size. Both of the kids love to play with them in every place possible, especially sand.
excavator

4. Here’s the excavator in use.
in use

5. Every baby needs a sippy cup. The reason this stands out in our family is because our oldest, who is now four, never took a sippy cup. He went straight from bottle to glass. It’s fun to watch Jesse do all the baby things that most babies do.
sippy cup

6. An absolute staple in our house is the Fruit Bar. Liam caught on to them early and has passed on his love of Fruit bars to his little brother. We limit them to one a day and Liam is now passing on this love to all his pre-school buddies.
fruit bar

7. As stated earlier Liam loves to learn. Books are a favorite around here for both boys. This final photo is also photographed in the kids favorite indoor spot, the basement. It’s unfinished and is a complete mess of toys and every kind of ball (especially tennis) from one end to the other. The basement and sports equipment is a whole other blog post of it’s own.
book

Are you wondering how I took all these photos? I wanted to focus on the little details of what makes up the boys world. An aperture of 1.4 has a low depth of field and creates an excellent focal point around a blurred image. That means everything except the exact focal point will be our of focus. It’s tricky to have a sharp image when doing this. You have be still and know exactly what you are focusing on. A 1.4 f-stop doesn’t make it easy for focusing and then recomposing an image. If you haven’t already play around and give it a try. If you do something along the lines of what Jessica and I have done be sure to leave me a comment about it. It’s a great way to photograph the details of life.

And it’s all inspired by Me Ra Koh.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. goldberry00 permalink
    September 8, 2008 5:3 3

    What a great exercise! Every image is spot on Charla (I can say that because I know your kiddies). Dare I say your best work yet??

  2. Robyn permalink
    September 9, 2008 5:3 3

    Love this blog and the pictures Charla! Awesome idea, your kids will remember this forever!

  3. goldberry00 permalink
    September 10, 2008 5:3 3

    I have to say again; I love these! I’ve looked at this post a few times. Great stuff Charla!

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