We were up to the lake for the weekend and in true American style welcomed summer. The kids were almost constantly in the water. In order to have nice warm, dry towels when they did come out, they all lay them over the bench in the sun.
In my attempt to get better with practice, I shot a few dozen pics of them varying the shutter speed and aperture. I ended up liking this one the best and had to do very little adjusting, just a slight straightening. (ISO 100, 36mm, f8, 1/1000)
I was working on this when I realized the kids were on the jet ski and hot dogging. I missed Delaney and Ben but got out there with my big'un in time to get some really great shots of Macy. The best part about this is that at first Macy was afraid of "doing the hot dog" since KC broke his ankle doing it a few years ago. KC took her out and gradually she started pushing it harder and harder until she looked up at him and asked with a big grin on her face, "Daddy, am I doing the hot dog?" She was pleased as punch with herself.
These were all shot ISO 100, f5.6, 240-300mm, 1/800-1/1000. I had to do some minor lightening to clean up some shadows on their faces and some cropping to frame them better.
Then the kids took to the boats and I couldn't resist a few (hundred) shots. I've learned to be more picky however and I've narrowed the field down considerably. These were my 5 favs out of probably 150 pics.
I tried to do this fully manually but with the boat going in circles and the light changing so rapidly, I finally gave up and shot in aperture priority. There was enough to deal with trying to keep the camera from shaking. These were all shot with the aperture as wide as I could get it with the zoom anywhere between 85mm and 180mm. I had to crop and straighten them all. In order to make sure the subjects were anywhere near the center of the frame, I couldn't zoom in much farther. It's kind of a crap shoot as to what will be in focus and in the frame when you're shooting from the back of a moving, bouncing boat. I did some minor adjustments to decrease shadows on faces and kill some of the highlights on the front of the tubes but nothing too drastic.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun