The photo of the young girl and her dog was one of those serendipitous moments when you are in the right place and time and recognize it and take the picture. Photos like that, at least for me, are rare. I suppose that if a photographer just puts themselves in those types of places, you could have many more. Rodeo`s are a good place for trying to get kid shots or any other venue that has kids and animals. I think that long focal length lens with big apertures work best for those type pic`s. My 300mm, f/2.8 is ideal for that type of photo or anything close to that. The light for that shot was terrible but it actually helped in that case.
Western Idaho State Fair, Children 3rd place
I chose this photo to enter in the fair because I just really liked the picture of my grandson’s expression. in this picture he was howling like a wolf at the nature center in the foothills on a Saturday outing early this spring.
Jack on the train track @ the Boise depot. I used the basics in light room but mostly the photo changed once I converted from a portrait size to landscape to emphasize Jack’s contemplative face looking for rocks on track. I have found with photographing children, it works best if they are engaged in some activity they enjoy. I used my Nikon 18-200 mm 3.5-5.6 lens and shot @ 57 mm distance, 1/400, f8, ISO 160.
Photo by Sharon Dowell
Cousins, used my 35 mm 1.8 lens and spot metering, 1/200, f3.5, ISO 100
Mom and Jack on San Diego beach, used again the Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 lens
and the main thing I did was not let them see I was photographing them.