Sunday, March 05, 2006

Oh, that button!



36 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

With my oldest at fourteen and a half now, I am becoming quite aware of how fast these kids grow, and what little time we have to raise them. What happened to her little tiny hands and that cute nose that reminded me of Honeycombs cereal? So, now I like to take pictures of my kids, not just portraits and snapshots, but parts like their hands and feet and eye, to have memories of what was when they are grown and on their own. My older son is autistic. Not mild, but bordering on severe. I wanted to get a picture of his belly button. I stood him up in some natural lighting and fed him mini Peppermint Patties (his favorite candy) while I tried to shoot that little button. He couldn’t hold still. When the photos came back, I was so disappointed. So, I decided I’d have to tackle this with some smarts. That night was Friday, and the kids are allowed to stay up all night on Fridays – so I’m usually up late too. I waited until my son fell asleep. I put his jeans on, and using only a regular household light bulb for lighting, shot happily away. He was unawares, and I got my shots. I knew the light bulb would give a warm glow to these photos and enhance his skin tone, having had many photos ruined by tungsten lighting before, this time I made it my friend. I added his hands at the end to give some perspective of size and age.

Konica Minolta 70 Fuji HQ ISO 100 1/8 f-2.8 Program Mode Sigma 105mm lens

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Brent said...

I really like the first shot, Micki. Great DOF and perspective. Very sexy. -Brent

7:26 AM  
Blogger Donncha said...

Good shots and thanks for the explanation! I like the first one the best too, although his little hands add an innocent feel to the last one.
(Thanks for the comment on my last post!)

Donncha

7:32 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

nice series, the lighting works very fine, like the first one the most...

7:40 AM  
Anonymous idreamred said...

i love the depth of field. i love peppermint patties as well. lol =D great job with the photos

8:19 AM  
Anonymous idreamred said...

oh yeah, also added your link to my blogs list =D

8:22 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

VERY neat

8:50 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Hi Micki, just dropping by to say hi. Browsed through your archives just now. Your portraits are truly beautiful, though i like your abstracts a lot, too.

As for this shot, the soft focus and grains work very well. :)

9:37 AM  
Blogger |- jX -| said...

hi, surfed over to ur site from your comment at plastictv's blog.. i like ur style, ur abstracts are very enriching. the 1st and 3rd shot works for me.. ;p

10:33 AM  
Anonymous lino from Oz said...

Excellent captures of the beautiful button.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Yep, they sure do grow up fast. I became a grandfather last September. I'm going to try to remember your thought on hands and noses etc.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice shot Micki, the depth of field is cool.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

hahaha, cute:)

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

The colours just blend fantastically and your use of DOF is good. Really nice shots.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Good thinking Micki! The shots turned out lovely!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nice colour in these close ups. I used to use Minolta film cameras, sad to see KM's demise.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Gavin said...

These are so personal, and the series is fantastic. Excellent photographs!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Dia said...

hihihi good plan, wonderful result ;)

Indeed time flies, kids grow up and so do we...I want to stay a kid forever!! ;)

4:23 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Fantastic idea to capture the body's growth as well as the overall growth of your children. It's something I've been doing for some time as well with my own 2 beautiful daughters. Your approach to gaining these shots is very creative as well Micki. I like all these imges for what they portray about growth.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Damn, why don't I think of shots like these, Oh well thats why I come to sites like these to steal ideas :) I love these shots.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous afraidtosee said...

Very nice pastel softness! I love the depth of field... beautiful treatment.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous àsìkò said...

I like buttons he he he

6:31 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Quite unexpected but a nice idea. I like the last one with the hands best since it gives additional info.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Nice shots Micki. Also a really cool idea with the kids. I have three of my own. One of which is a teenager. Whew!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Duane Bong said...

Great work. I think this series could be used as a jeans advert!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

cool shot...great idea...nice framing, dof and composition..adding the hands r a great impact to the image:-)

7:56 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Micki...This is a great set. I especially love the last one with his hands in the frame. It lends an air of innocence to the shot.

(BTW...thanks for visiting my blog, Capture This...thanks for the nice comments!)

8:25 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I just went back through your archives. I didn't have time to post comments for each of them, so I thought I would just add another comment to my earlier comment. I just have to say that your work is terrific.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

Excellent -- great series of images.

10:24 PM  
Blogger 壁虎 said...

i like the toning, lighting and the series!

12:17 AM  
Anonymous david said...

very nice series of photos; great idea too as an alternative to your standard portrait.

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Jide ALakija said...

I like this...very much. It's given me some ideas

6:53 AM  
Blogger jj said...

Hi Micki-I agree with everyone, nice images...and I'll try tonight:) Cheers,

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Raymond Tse said...

Really nice series - like the soft effect.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Imran said...

Kids are quite to shoot sometimes aren't they? The composition and colors are fantastic. They cross-processed even, really nice.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Imran said...

sorry.. a couple of missing words in the first message. this is what i meant to say:

Kids are quite tricky to shoot sometimes aren't they? The composition and colors are fantastic. They look cross-processed even, really nice.

10:27 PM  

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