A few weeks ago, I explored how to fine tune a black and white image of Linus at a local butterfly exhibit. Linus was only a wee little lad, safely tucked away inside the Ergo, when he first visited the butterfly exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Two years later, it’s as if he is experiencing the novelty and joy one of God’s gentle little creations for the first time.
I’d forgotten that special moment when Piano Man felt awed and inquisitively looked at butterflies for the first time. His bright-eyed look of elation over a creature so magical made this parent truly happy. And now here I was, watching number two experience that special a-ha moment again.
Linus couldn’t have shown more thrill and nervousness than the moment we entered the greenhouse. Never mind that we wore our big puffy coats to deflect the cold temps with snow still on the ground. We stripped off our layers of winter gear to step inside a hot and humid Amazon rainforest-like atmosphere, perfect to cultivate several different kinds of butterfly species.
He gripped my hand like he’d never gripped before, perhaps thinking that I’d protect him from those delicate flying creatures.
I had both my father’s Canon A-1 35 mm camera and our small DSLR that day. I wanted to capture much of those special first moments with Linus, but my inability to shoot quickly on a manual film camera limited that special moment caught on film. I switched between the two, smashing my face a few times into my digital camera when I had just shot with the 35 mm camera. (Nowadays, digital SLR cameras don’t come with a viewfinder because live previews have made viewfinders obsolete.) However, I found a few precious and sacred facial expressions that can only be captured in snapshot photography.
When I finally got one great shot of Linus standing on a tiny bridge, the sunlight perfectly hit the bridge and highlighted his face. It took a few seconds to get the correct metering to set my exposure. Once I was ready, his face turned from pure joy to a sad, sullen face. But who could blame him? It’s much better to enjoy the moment than posing for the camera, wouldn’t you agree?
Everyone practically had a camera at the butterfly exhibit, and I was intrigued at the number of people taking photos of such interesting subjects. For instance, a little boy named Trevor let me take a photo of him and his little companion.
It must have been field trip day because several different elementary school groups toured the butterfly exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens in the brisk cold spring winter of 2014.
Of all the ones I took though, I would have to say taking a photo of this mother taking a photo of her family was a nice moment of our morning visit to Meijer Gardens.
In the end, I’m glad that I got to shoot in analog and digital. Both sets of images evoked a different feel and mood of the morning. Don’t you want to go out and shoot in the beautiful spring weather too?
– Ice Melting Photographic Study
– Learning the Physics of Light
– How to Fine Tune a Black & White Photo Image
– Putting Composition Theory into Practice
– Learning About Composition
– Taking Intro to Analog (Film) Photography
– American History of Photography, the Darkroom, and the Unintended Photogram
From my hometown to yours,