Oct 20, 2014

Two Months, Already!

My, how she has grown. The double chins are developing beautifully. She's standing up with lateral support for over ten seconds and her neck is almost strong enough to let her site in her borrowed Bumbo Chair and awesome gift from Auntie Robin, James and Will, her Jumperoo.

  Photograph Two Months - 1 by Jay Scott on 500px

Her eye colour is coming in (the left one caught some extra light, hence the brighter look); they seem to be blue. Her kicking is beginning to hurt when she sits on our lap and her interaction is well ahead of her age. But, I may be biased. ;)

What would a session be without some outtakes?

Yeah, a beautiful day, multiple flashes and a reflector would make me pull away, too.

For these last two photos a meme came to mine. The Most Interesting Man in the World. My caption would be, "I don't always pose outside for a photo, but when I do, it's +23 in late October."

  Photograph Two Months - 2 by Jay Scott on 500px

Tomorrow are her first immunizations. It will be tough, but, then, how much of parenting is difficult decisions for your child's best interests?

Oct 8, 2014

Seven Weeks

Can you believe she's seven weeks old? We aren't quite sure where the time went but our baby sure is growing. Getting so strong, so interactive, and those giggles just melt my heart.

  Photograph Seven Weeks - 1 by Jay Scott on 500px

I really liked a polka dot onesie Angie had dressed Fiona in the other day so I chose a background to suit that theme. The top she's wearing was different than the one I that had caught my attention, but the bright pink was fine with me and suited my theme nicely.

She fell asleep on my lap and had a mighty grip on my finger.

  Photograph Seven Weeks - 2 by Jay Scott on 500px

Photo credit goes to Angie.

Oct 2, 2014

Boffins Club - Last Warm Evening of 2014

I know the possibility exists that we will have another few warm evenings this year. But warm evenings, that are calm and comfortable enough for a couple of quadriplegics? I'm not so sure.

I'm not sure that the photos I made that night with Paul's company are that breathtaking but it was just great to be out in such a nice area, so nicely lit and populated by such nice people. It would've been nice to just sit down by the pond but to be chatting while the long exposures were being made just fit my description of a perfect evening.

I have seen some really nice work by a fellow local photographer in this area. I communicated with him a bit and determined that they do not close the gates at the Boffins Club at night. Maybe they do later on, but they were still open would we left there after 9 PM.

Seeing his work made me decide I needed to get there before the end of the nice weather but I needed to arrive with an idea. An idea that I hadn't already seen him capably execute. If you are on Instagram I highly recommend following him. His handle is @thecinnamon. Some great work with some aerial photography thanks to his quadcopter and a clear creative and technical understanding of what he's doing.

  Photograph Boffins Club Koi by Jay Scott on 500px

Of course my idea involves defaulting to what I'm good at, off-camera flash. It took a little bit of tweaking but I managed to get a few shots with the Koi in the photo, illuminated by the flash I had aimed at the water. I even forgot to bring the bread crumbs I was going to to lure them into the right spot. I think enough people have fed them this year that when they see humans they come looking and expecting treats. It sure was interesting to watch them shoot away every time that flash fired. That's one of the reasons  you will see the streaks in the water from the leaves that were moving the entire time of the 20+ second exposure, while the slow-moving fish were not to be seen as streaks because they took off so very quickly.

The last shot was just simply taking five minutes to move the tripod 10 feet one direction (Paul and I were pondering our jealousy of how quickly an able-bodied person could have picked that tripod up, rotated 90°, and set it down where they wanted it while it took us five minutes) to make a photo he thought looked like something out of Hansel and Gretel.

  Photograph Boffins Club on a Hot Autumn Evening by Jay Scott on 500px

I must say that I've been enjoying doing some more scenic type photography. In my mind I feel optimistic about trying to do more of this in the winter but we will see what happens. There may be a few more less inspiring shots made out of the window of my van where it's a little bit warmer, unless getting around is easy and I'm feeling motivated.

Sep 29, 2014

Two Lil Punkins

Last week we received a miniature pumpkin in our veggie basket from the co-op we are in. We aren't sure if it was meant to be consumed and, if it was, we wouldn't know what to do with it. Maybe it would roast up nice and tender but, for now, it is purely decorative. It was the perfect prop for the next series of photos of our daughter.

  Photograph My Two Lil Punkins - 1 by Jay Scott on 500px

  Photograph My Two Lil Punkins by Jay Scott on 500px

Again, I know this is not everybody's preferred style of photography but I wanted to post it and keep it here even just as a record for the times I will come back to look at these posts. Sometimes the best way to see how well your skill is developing is by looking at where you've come from.

This was taken at the same time as the fall images in the previous post.

  Photograph Robin Smith Memorial Garden Abstract by Jay Scott on 500px

Sep 26, 2014

Oh, Autumn.

  Photograph Robin Smith Memorial Garden HDR by Jay Scott on 500px

You're so lovely. But today is our likely last day above 25 and one of the last days that our house will get warmer without help from our furnace. Enjoy the weather and the beauty while it's easy to get out and enjoy it without a 20 minute clothing application process. That said, I'm planning on trying to find more locations to safely shoot from my van this winter. Try to stay safely warm, but still make something interesting. One shot in particular, I have in mind. I'll let you know if it gets made.

  Photograph Robin Smith Memorial Garden Double Exposure by Jay Scott on 500px

Above I was trying to continue with the abstract by making a double exposure of the tree in the photo below and the path in the top photo. Like it? Hate it? Let me know.

  Photograph Robin Smith Memorial Garden in Full Autumn Beauty by Jay Scott on 500px

It was a very comfy day for Fiona's first-of-many trips to the Forestry Farm.

Sep 25, 2014

Paul's Odyssey

 Photograph Honda Odyssey WA HDR by Jay Scott on 500px

For awhile Paul and I have wanted to make a great photo of his van. Once we found a location it was a matter of finding an evening that worked for both of us, had a decent sky at sunset, and was warm enough for two quads.

  Photograph Honda Odyssey WA HDR 2 by Jay Scott on 500px

The wind was cool, but we were busy making photos. I likened it to ice fishing. When they're biting you don't notice the cold.

  Photograph Honda Odyssey HDR Telephoto by Jay Scott on 500px

I have always respected those photographers who are willing to, day after day, night after night, return to try to get the shot they want. Dedication like that is rarer and rarer, whatever the field might be. We found ourselves with the right to pat ourselves on the back for many reasons that evening.

The first was that we needed to move the van. Paul could not just hop in there and move it over in 30 seconds like an able-bodied person could. He had to get in, pull up the ramp and close the door, transfer into the seat, get positioned and then, finally, move the van. After that he had to get back out. That is dedication. Enduring the wind and cool temperatures that we did, with our reduced ability to maintain body heat was dedication. The final dedication will come when we redo the shots with the knowledge of what we gained that evening and now that I have my new camera back. Again, it's not the camera that makes a great photo but when I know I can get a better quality image why wouldn't I take the extra steps to do that, if possible.

Soon I'll have a bunch of photos that I've made from the last little while as the colours have really begun to come out. I still don't like autumn because of what follows it but these last few days of high 20° temperatures are just fine with me and I'm making the most of what's given to me right now..

Sep 22, 2014

One Month, Already

  Photograph One Month - 1 by Jay Scott on 500px

Saturday Fiona turned one month old... Already! So many have said how little she is, but that is a big bear and chair. Today was her one month checkup and she's 11lbs 13 oz. She is quickly outgrowing her current clothes and is easily kicking the end of her bassinette.

  Photograph One Month - 2 by Jay Scott on 500px

"They" say responsive smiles and interaction takes longer than this to occur. There are coincidences then there are the regular things we see from her much more than half of the time.

  Photograph One Month - 3 by Jay Scott on 500px

She has her evening fussiness, and there have been a few poor nights lately, but she really is a good baby.

  Photograph One Month - 4 by Jay Scott on 500px

I believe today was the day that Kiwi went from uncertain to excited about her. Until now Kiwi has been cautious but not sure what this little noisy thing was. Twice today she excitedly went running around the house looking for Fiona and when we arrived home from appointments Kiwi was quite interested in Fiona in her car seat.

  Photograph One Month - 5 by Jay Scott on 500px

As time between feedings increases, and everyone figures things out a little more each day, I imagine we'll feel freer to resume a few more normal activities. That said, we did enjoy supper out with friends Saturday evening, even if we didn't have the energy to join them for birthday cake after. It was still great to be sociable, again.

  Photograph One Month - 6 by Jay Scott on 500px