Friday, July 11, 2008

4 Generations

I had the opportunity today to take photos of the four generations of women from my wife's family. Her grandmother (Nana) is 91 years old and sharp as a tack. After we played cribbage - Nana and I taught the kids how to play - we went out onto the deck and grabbed a few photos in the fading night light. It was a chance to try a few things out and grab some important photos at the same time.

I used my SB600 flash with my Lumiquest Bouncer for fill light and took shots with 2 lenses. I tried out my 70-300 VR at 70mm to see how good the Bokeh (This is how the out of focus background looks - never want it to be too distracting) was and then slipped on the 50mm f/1.4 which I stopped down to f/4.0 due to fact that they weren't all sitting straight. Kimmy was much farther forward and I was on a slight angle.

I shot from below to get more of the trees and less of the deck - looked better when I checked in the LCD.

I can't say enough about the Lumiquest bouncer - I use the Lumiquest Velcro strap to attach it to my flash and it really does a great job especially when you don't have a ceiling or reflector. Amazingly - no one blinked - which is a big symptom with at least grandma and mom (Sue) while the kids tend not blink so much. I think the bouncer helps with that too. (Note - none of the photos have been edited - still having laptop issues)

Nana and the great grandkids:D300, 70-300mm VR, 70mm, f/4.5, 1/100s, ISO 200, Flash w/ bouncer

4 generations of Geiler Women (Nana's side):
D300, 50mm f/1.4, f/4.0, 1/160s, ISO 200, Flash w/ bouncer

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