When Hali takes photos she rarely has me pose next to ___________________ (Fill in the blank) a statue, a gorgeous garden, an iconic building, a waterfall, a lighthouse, etc. We enjoy these types of photos especially when no one is in them. For us, it takes away from the setting. Anyone looking at these images should know we are there looking at the ________________(Fill in the blank). Hali took the picture! But for you lighthouse lovers, she did have me stand at the base of this lighthouse to show its scale. Otherwise, that person, who is me, distracts from the setting. You see, you can hardly tell who that person is: me, Hali, or someone else. Plus, the subject is the big, bold, black and white beacon in a blue background, not me.
Imagine what this shot would look like if I were in it. . .
Yet we stood here for about 15 minutes while tourists stood right there, where the flower is, blocking the beauty of this setting. One after another, they posed.
Hali always has her camera nearby for the off the beaten path opportunities. . .
Hali has a great eye for candid shots of people. These photos tell a story. . .
Here we were at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and met this Dad with his three young boys who pet Carlos as if they were petting a dog for their very first time. The one kid pointed at Carlos’ tail and asked, “What is that?” Another kid gently petted Carlos with two fingers as if the dog was a scaly snake. Cute story.
Minutes later. . . Not so cute.
When opportunity arises, if she can get a shot of Woody with a celebrity like this guy, she’ll take it. . .
Then comes time to edit. Making the shot, or not. We do this so that our iPhoto library is not so cluttered with unexplainable images. Digital images are easy. Delete the blurry ones, backs of people, duplicates, or just plain-old lousy photos. Even Hali takes those on occasion.
So when Hali has her camera in hand, with a contemplating eye, she’s always keeping in mind the setting and the subjects before taking the shot. The perfect shot.