The boys were spellbound as they watched a documentary on SHARKS this afternoon.
Sharks and whales have been Zachary’s favorite animals for the past six months. He’s been devouring
books about sea creatures and we’ve been learning even more interesting facts about them this year in science.
As they were soaking up information, I was swooning over the sweet moment
of the boys’ complete absorption and their cozy togetherness.
Our house does not have very much natural light which bums me a lot since I am largely inspired by light.
I’ve had to use my flash so much more than I like to because sometimes there simply is not enough light.
I’ve been challenged recently to use only available light, and have been pushing
the boundaries on what are considered acceptable settings.
:: ISO 3200 :: 59mm :: f/2.8 :: 1/50 ::
You can see I was stretching it, but I do love pushing boundaries. Normally I wouldn’t try a shutter speed of 1/50 for children, but the boys were so tired
and so absorbed that they were sitting still. I felt as though what I was getting was good, but because it was so dark and just to be sure I added a little fill flash
with my external flash. It did brighten the image, but I still prefer the first shot which uses only window light. Using natural light only
gave the photo more dimension because there is more play between shadow and light. The flash, even though bounced at an angle, gave a flat feel
to the photo. Notice the difference below with natural light only on the left and natural light + fill flash on the right.
Which look do you prefer?
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