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My buddy Alan (of Fireleaf Design), his wife Nicole, Jenn and I got together over July 4 for some grub. My daughter Sabine and his daughter Grace are such the best buds… they couldn’t wait to hang out. After a couple of hours tho, they were tired, and found themselves checking out the ipad movies on the bed. I thought the moment was soo cute, I HAD to try to shoot a shot of it…
How This Shot Was Taken
I didn’t really have that much time to setup the image. The group was sitting at the table having some coffee while Sabine cozied into her bed to watch some Ipad movies. Grace soon joined her, and they just hung out for a bit checking out different movies. I didn’t want to go all “Photographer” on them right there, but I thought it was a cute moment to save.
I grabbed the P7000 and cranked the ISO to 32000 to see if I could get the moment. I loved the low light mood and the look of wonder on their faces.. neither of which translated well with so much noise. Now, I could run to the garage, try to find a tripod, try to find a plate for the camera, extend the legs.. then try to recompose – or I could improvise.
I pulled a nightstand off the wall and moved it forward about 18 inches. The Nightstand was higher than the vantage point that I was looking for, so I opened the top drawer and placed a tissue box on it’s side inside of it. I put the P7000 on top of this. This would give me a slightly lower frame, but not enough tilt.
I found a 3/4 used tube of Desitin. I bent it in half and played with where to place it under the tissue box to get the downward angle exactly as I wanted it. Note: Parents know what that is.. for those who dont .. substitute a tube of toothpaste in this example. In this example only. Use Desitin AS toothpaste and you’ll have some problems.
Once that was all set, I set the camera to 100 ISO, aperture priority. The exposure read about 2 seconds.. so it was essential that the camera didn’t shake as I pressed the shutter. To combat that, I set the timer for 2 seconds.
The only thing that this doesn’t show – is that I had like 3 minutes to do it. McNally woulda been proud. 🙂