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WEEK 13:: silhouette

October 21, 2011

Camera: Nikon D7000
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Focal Length: 18mm
Lens: 18-200 f/3.5/5.6

My son actually took this picture with my prompting while on the farm tour earlier this month.  He wanted to take pictures and wasn’t quite sure what to photograph once he got the camera in his hands.  With a little guidance and some suggestions, he got some really great shots.  

It is so much easier to help my children learn to take pictures than it was when I was a child.  The cost of film and developing made my parents cringe each time one of us asked to take a picture.  It was so hard to turn a camera over to a child to learn and practice, but my parents always gave us a chance to take a picture or two.  “Make sure there is a person in the picture!,” was my father’s mantra each time he put the little box camera in our hands. We have plenty of pictures with only half a person captured in the photograph.

No longer needing to worry about the cost of film is huge, but so is not having to wait a week or more for film to develop.  Eliminating the wait makes it easier to talk about conditions — lighting, speed, angle, focus, etc. — that made the picture work or not, while they still remember where, why and how they took the picture.

Weekly Photography Challenge, sponsored by A Step in the Journey.

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