Come see why I love available light photography and why kids, especially my granddaughters, are my favorite subjects.
Here’s Maddy, one of my twin granddaughters, sitting alone in the big chair, totally engrossed in the TV. Does she look relaxed or what? She never noticed when I stuck my camera in her face and shot this candid portrait.
No flash, just the available light from the television and a few lamps in the room. My favorite 50mm lens, the f/1.4 screw mount Takumar gets a lot of the credit for the quality of the light and the buttery smooth tonality. The film? Tri-X rated at 1600 ISO and developed in Diafine.
I took this photo at Christmas time, finally finished the roll last Saturday (during our second major snowstorm of the winter) and developed the film Sunday. I’m always happy when I get at least one keeper out of a roll and this one goes into my “special” favorites files.
I got a couple decent shots of the snowstorm as well. We’re in the middle of the third major snowstorm as I write this article. I shot an entire 36 exposure roll of Tri-X about an hour ago. I’ll develop and scan tomorrow — fingers crossed. Digging out of these storms is a chore, but the snow covered world of white is so beautiful.
If you want to capture those precious unguarded moments, turn off your flash and get down to the level of the kids. Creaky knees or not, ya gotta crouch down to get the best angle.
A big thanks to MaryT for hosting Sepia Scenes.