Monday, February 23, 2009
EMPS #26: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!
It's time again for Carly's Monday Photo Shoot! The assignment this week is to hit her with your best shot. If you want to play too, click HERE.
I knew immediately what shot I'd use for this assignment, and yes, it's one from my archives, specifically, 1982. In those days I kept a roll of seamless paper hanging from the ceiling in our dining room, and I'd regularly pull it down to shoot various objects, including our cats and our daughters. I took this shot of Alex and Katharine, who were then 6 and 3, in early November, for our Christmas card that year. 27 years later, it's still probably the best pic I've ever taken, or certainly my favorite. I took this with an old Nikorex with a Nikon lens, and used two umbrella flashes for the light.
I prefer to photograph living things: people, animals, plants as opposed to taking photographs of buildings. Of course, I take pics of buildings too, and in fact (a moment of shameless self-promotion here) I just got notice that a shot that I took of the Robie House at U of C last December has been selected for inclusion in the sixth edition of the Schmap Chicago Guide. I didn't get paid, but my name is on the shot, which is pretty cool. The most challenging aspect of photographing people for me is to catch the personality behind the face. I think I succeeded in this shot, and that's why I like it so much. A part of that aspect (capturing the real person behind the face) is, of course, lighting, which is why I'm ready to move on to a digital SLR as soon as my budget allows.