Monday, August 25, 2014

The Photographers Position

I love Summertime, especially when I get to spend time at the beach. Earlier this month I was at North Avenue Beach in Chicago with my son and daughter. They were doing their thing and I had my Nikon Coolpix P520.

The Nikon Coolpix P520 is considered a compact digital or point and shoot camera. It is not a DSLR but it has some pretty cool features that I have been learning to use. I truly enjoy the zoom capability of this camera. It's pretty awesome! But I digress.

Back to the beach. I brought along a folding chair so I could sit and enjoy the sun and the weather. I took a number of photos of my son and daughter but I started looking around. There were a number of families there enjoying the weather too. Then I spotted this dad who was running around trying to capture moments of his son playing in the sand. Here is what that looked like.

I'm not quite sure what he was doing with his camera but I was keeping an eye on the young guy with my camera at the ready. Then it happened ... and I captured this.

The minute I saw this shot in my camera I was pleased. For me it was a moment in time that just signifies the beauty of Summer and a young child enjoying the simple things that life has to offer. 

So let's talk for a moment about the photographers position. For this shot I was sitting in a folding chair a distance away from the subject. With the zoom function on my camera I had now problem zooming in close on the subject. The beauty was my fortunate position and angle. 

Photographing children many times requires to get down on the childs level in order to capture  images like this. Children make great subjects since they are so curious about things we adults tend to take for granted. 

So next time you are out taking pictures take some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. But, be ready to capture that one moment in time that seems to say more than imagined.

Enjoy Life, Take Pictures!

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