Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I Can "Do" Bugs

Some of my friends, scratch that, most of my friends are photography experts. Which is good. I can learn at their feet while I have a chance and try to become better right. Well some are truly gifted at landscapes that inspire, others at children's portraits that capture the spirit, others can tell a story and capture the mood, some are masters at processing and could probably make one of my pictures look like a masterpiece. Well I am good with bugs. My landscape shots are so cheesy they look like they were shot in the 70's. I never know what to do with a kid. Thank goodness I live with mine. After 500 shots I am usually lucky enough to get a keeper. But bugs I do OK with. I wish I had a more meaningful talent, to bad most people don't need others to take pictures of their Bugs! Landscapes shots capture family adventures. Portraits freeze in time a little ones chubby cheeks, well, I will always know how beautiful the butterflies are at the science museum...because I can shoot those. Someday (hopefully soon) I will graduate on to people.

I got a new lens with my new camera. It is a 85mm fixed portrait lens. I have been dying to try it out on butterflies. So the day before we leave for our vacation I find myself taking the kids up to Seattle for a day at the science museum and more importantly an opportunity to visit the butterflies. We always enjoy ourselves at the museum so we were all excited even though the kids knew Mom was planning on being a psycho picture taker.

So here are some of the best. I asked Dave to pick out his favorites. I am still learning how to use the whole idea of aperture. Some were great but not the best focus. They didn't make the cut. I had so much fun.

(Dave says that butterflies loose some of their beauty and look a little creepy this close up)

So in the end I did try to take some pictures of my beautiful children. But they are less predictable than bugs. I am happy with this one that I took of Sara. She was just so happy playing with this little boat in the water. So Grandma's eat your hearts out:-)

9 comments:

The Seaquist Family said...

Bugs! Are you crazy? You are amazing at catching "those" moments of your children. I wish I was closer so I could learn at your feet. I'm so glad you are back from your trip. I can't wait to hear about everything....guess I'll just have to call you. Missed you in the blogging world.

Nicole said...

Hey- bugs are good :)

Anonymous said...

Jenny,
These pictures are great, but you must have lost your mind, I love your children pictures, and Sara is so yummy, you just want to reach out and kiss her.
Love
Mom

Melissa said...

Beautiful child that she is! Perfect picture.

Cathy said...

I can't believe you took these with a portrait lens! I thought you had a big zoom lens on for sure to get such great shots.

Fisher Family said...

Wow..great lens, great shots. You are more than just OK at bug shots these are brilliant. How much is that 85 mm lens going to put me out? Might be saving for that one for a while.

judy said...

What are you talking about. I can't wait for the day we have time that you can capture Kait in pictures the way you capture your children. I can see the unique personality in each. I can picture the situation just by the shapshot. When are we doing Kait's?

Heather said...

Well,you can add flowers to the list of things you can shoot. That purple flower looks like it's on fire inside! That's an amazing shot, creepy butterfly or not!

Andrea said...

awesome pics. Sara looks so sweet!