How can I help but show movement when my main subject is a 3 year old ?
My parents have very few photos of me as a toddler. Print film was expensive back in Cave Man days, so I never rally faulted them for that. But I also had no idea how hard it is to photograph a 3 year old. I now realize that they most likely didn’t take a lot of photos since they most likely would be a mass of blurry motion considering that photo options they had way back then.
My mom still prefers the good old fashioned print film, so I took some rolls of print film of him about a year ago and received back an envelope of mostly blurred photos. Since I am by no means an expert photographer, and wasn’t really thinking about how fast he moves, I was using my old standby 400 speed film. Just fine if your subject is your average adult, or even some sporting events, but for a speedy toddler, not so good. For the rare times I do use print film I’ve since learned my lesson and switched to at least 800 speed, and sometimes even 1000.
Thankfully, my main options for photos are now digital. So I can take 100 photos of him and easily delete the 70 or so that are too blurred by movement. OK, actually, I have a hard time deleting any photo, no mater how blurry. I probably only delete the very worst ones, the rest get transferred to CD, with 30% or so being at least acceptable. think I have 20 CDs of photos already, and he’s only 3!
I take so many photos of him, that one of his first complete sentences was ‘Don’t take my picture!’
This photo is currently one of my favorites of Mr C., even though his back is turned. I was using my IPhone to take this, other than that I have no idea how I was able to get some blurring on the edges, while keeping Mr C pretty much in focus. I must have been moving myself.