Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Weekend Away {Captured!}




We spent this weekend up the coast visiting family who had come to visit {unfortunately no room for visitors in our house!} so of course I took my camera with on our beach walk.

Although I am using my predetermined settings usually {as opposed to manual} I think I must be getting better because this top photo needed no cropping or editing! All I did was convert it to black & white.

Definitely learning that where I am positioned is very important - the top photo is taken from higher than the subject & this one above is taken from lower. I've learnt that little things like that make a big difference.

Sometimes the focus may not be great but the composition is.

I love that the shutter speed was so fast here that the water droplets are evident on Reilly's face!

This photo is weird - Reilly looks like a cardboard cut-out against an artificial backdrop. What I call a happy accident! Think I'm going to try this again - get someone to wear something really bright & photograph them in front of a monotonous/bland expanse. Love it!

This is one of my favourites. All I did was crop it into a square. Reilly trying to catch baby fish in his hands {needless to say he was unsuccessful}.

Father & son. Shane's skintone is so different to Reilly's that I had no choice here but to convert to b/w but I think it's lovely ;-D

A rare pic of Jack looking alive & not his usual blah expression...{caught unawares you see...}

Coming in for a kiss...Grainy quality {not sure why} but I captured a moment there...If only I could get it ALL right ALL the time...

All I did here was "straighten" {used the tool to completely slant the horizon} & cropped square. Funky...

A more traditional angle.

One of my favourites here...love that Shane & Cami are in the background. Very cool.

This one is my all-time fave from the shoot. Love everything about it.

All 4 kiddies. Not perfect but believe me getting them all to look even vaguely normal simultaneously is one heck of a challenge!

Another favourite! I've noticed that these types of rocks {quite common here on our beaches} photograph really well. The top of the photo is not showing here against the white background though I see...

Same here - can't see the top of the photo because the sky was so light it was almost white. This was the view from our apartment. Not too shabby huh?! Only complaint was no air-con {& that is a really big complaint ...makes it more comfortable just to stay at home!}

My first ever flower photo! Not a great angle I know...

Yup...was pretty chuffed with this one...my first insect photo...okay I know I was blessed with a pretty awesome subject! Chelsea just happened to spot him on our way past ;-D Have a great day!






7 comments:

Lynette said...

Helen your photography is stunning and how else you have such beautiful children as a subject:)

topkatnz said...

great photography skills there - glad to 'hear' the enthusiasm in your words - well done you!

Ann said...

Great photos. Especially like the water droplets, the 'cardboard cutout', and the insect. Well done.

Diana said...

Beautiful photos. You've really captured the light so well. Once you learn manual you are going to ROCK your pictures.

teacher jessy said...

Gosh your children look so good. You have beautiful kids!! Awesome photos too. Can't wait to see u scrap with those good bunch if photos ;)

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks girls - taking photos on the beach a few hours after noon is a sure-fire recipe for success I've discovered...

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning photography!!! Late afternoon lighting is of course just perfect with soft lighting for beautiful people photography.
Hugs
Desire