October 27, 2009 at 11:38 PMJeremy


I was swinging next to Jonathan trying to stay in synch with him.  I slowed my shutter speed down to 1/30 sec to get some sense of motion.  Looks pretty decent (although I'd accidentally left the camera at ISO 800 from the wedding a week before - d'oh!)

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The Wind Beneath My Swing

February 26, 2009 at 12:30 PMJeremy

We went out swinging again, and I got some more pictures:

A note on the photography: it's very difficult to get a good picture of a kid swinging.  Obviously a fast shutter speed is important, and generally pretty easy, considering kids are most likely to swing outdoors during daylight hours.  The problem is focusing fast enough to catch them in focus.  With my camera set on AF-C (AutoFocus-Continuous), the lens was just continuously refocusing (hence the name) as Jonathan would swing forward and back.  Unfortunately, as fast as the lens focuses, it was usually a little behind.  

When I try this again, I think I'll go up a few f-stops (smaller aperture) to increase the depth of field (so more depth is in focus).  I might also need to manually focus to a particular point in his swing and then try to catch him as he reaches that point.  And of course, shooting digitally, I'll take tons of pictures knowing I'll be throwing out lots of out of focus ones.

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On a Swing and a Prayer

February 23, 2009 at 6:15 PMJeremy

Jonathan's Mimi got him a swing for Valentine's Day.  Between the weather and limited time during the week, he hasn't had too many opportunities to swing in it, but he's really liked it the times that he's been in it.


All swung out.

He swung until he was just too tired.  Once the weather starts getting nicer, I'd imagine he'll get a lot of use out of it.  Thanks Mimi and Papa!

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