On the Playground at the Park

My little 2-year-old has been excited to go to the park to play. We told her she would have to wait until the snow melted and the weather was a little warmer. But as I considered photo opportunities, my little girl was about to get her way (as usual).

It was a cold evening so our visit to the park was short. I didn't even stick around long enough to pull out proper lighting equipment to use while shooting, so I grabbed my camera, two lenses and a tripod and set up my gear on the playground. My wife was a great sport standing at one end of the merry-go-round while I was on the other end. I mounted the camera to a tripod and selected a smaller aperture than I typically shoot with to increase the exposure time. We got the merry-go-round spinning at a good speed, and I fired away until my fingers were too cold and numb to press the shutter release button anymore (which didn't take long). We were dizzy and a little sick for a couple hours after this because of the spinning, but here's two photos that made it worth it:

I typically don't use color filters to make adjustments to my photos, but I wanted to try a warming filter for this one, as well as a few other adjustments such as the vignetting and blur around the edges.


~*The Miller's*~ | March 2, 2009 at 12:14 PM

JULIE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! I love the first one with her hair blowing! And I love the second one because that backround looks so fake but it's real so it's cool to see the contrast! You guys did awesome! It was worth the freeze right??

Heidi | May 21, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I love the one where here hair isnt blowing, the color is cool too!

Derek | May 26, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Thanks. One day we'll do this again when it's warm weather and a nice overcast sky. My finger turned numb in the cold and I couldn't even feel the shutter-release button on my camera, but yes, it's always worth it.

Anonymous | May 29, 2009 at 3:08 PM

The background blur actually made me feel like I was spinning with you...great stuff and you have inspired me to start doing these kinds of shots again.

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