Just a few shots from my nephew's 13th birthday... I've always find the candle lit condition challenging. I set the ISO as high as I dared at around 800, then shot wide open at f/1.4. The question I always ask myself is... do I focus on the candle or the person? The DOF is too shallow to get both, so my conclusion is better to capture the person, but it doesn't mean I won't get tempted to focus on the flame from time to time ;-)
The holidays have come and gone, and I've enjoyed the brief hiatus from work and even from photography. Oh, there were the occasional pick-up-the-camera-for-a-snaps, but I didn't think too deeply about it at all. Here an image that got me thinking more as I was reviewing the images. Warning, random thoughts coming...
Technology today has made communication so easy. We've not only improved how easy it is to get in touch with a person, the quality also improved, often including video teleconferencing. However, it's no substitute for actually being with that person. The picture shows my nephew (in the background), who's living with us now, and on the iPad is his mom trying to talk to us. No doubt, I bet she would much rather be here with us instead of seeing her son on the iPad screen... Physical presence trumps all.
My brother also visited us from China during this winter vacation. Even though we didn't really go to anywhere special or cool, and he got quite sick while staying with us... There is still a special sense of comfort of having him here that I cannot describe.
I guess it comes down to not taking each other for granted, especially with the people around you today. So, remember to put the camera down for a while and just enjoy each other, a note to self ;-)
My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.