When you have a 2 and a half month-old baby, you tend to gravitate around parks. Gardens, green patches, groves, anything with a landscape. And this is what happens when you look around while pushing the stroller:
What you see here is my concept for a perfect vacation combined with my favorite type of candid photography. The only downside is that unfortunately it didn't happen to me. During the early 70's my Mom and Dad in law went on a road trip around the United States, and they saw everything worth seeing - Seattle's Space Needle, the Grand Canyon, the desert, Mount Rushmore, and New York at the time the Twin Towers were being finished.
Man, I really need to get a Polaroid.
Or moreover, a time machine....
P.S. My dad-in-law isn't present in any of these shots because he was the one who took them, but I found a photo of him standing at the Big Sur beach in 1966, and it is awesome:
I've been meaning to do this in ages, but the joys of motherhood were keeping me busy till today. A heart-shaped bokeh attachment (or any other shape, for that matter) is very easy to make:
1. Take a sheet of heavy stock paper.
2. Take the cap off of your 50mm lens (or any other lens with a high f-stop) and put the lens on the paper, glass down.
3. Outline the front of the lens and cut it out.
4. With the help of a paper-punch (if you have one) or a utility knife, cut the desired shape out from the middle of the circle.
5. Place the circle at the front of your lens, as you make sure that no light escapes from the sides.
6. Find a tree and set your subject in front of it - tree crowns make wonderful daytime bokeh. Christmas lights or traffic lights would do for night time shots.
7. Shoot open wide and enjoy!
The photos below are really just test shots; it is too hot today and I didn't feel like going on a long walk so I just stepped out my front door and used what's there. My succulent and my cat provided the rest!
Last weekend we took a trip to my in-laws up in Tassajara - our first big adventure with Johnny - and we stopped in Monterey on the way there. It felt great to get away from suburbia for awhile, and it led nicely to the midweek break for Independence Day.
Here are some of the shots I took while juggling between playing a tour-guide for my Mom and making sure that Johnny is comfortable in the sun and the salty ocean breeze. Being a full time mommy and a part time photographer is fun!
A few technical notes: I discovered that my telephoto lens takes pretty decent shallow DoF images at 50mm, even at f 4.5. Also, the pale pink light during sunset at Tassajara is absolutely stunning, and the way the fog crawls between the ridges is a rare treasure not only to photograph, but to experience.
The portraits of me and Johnny were taken, as usual, by John.