I'm linking up with Darcy for Project 52.
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This week's challenge: Cabin Fever
After family devotions on Wednesday night, my husband started ordering our guys to "clean up this mess!" He was flabbergasted when I stopped him. After all, I'm the organized, neat, and tidy one in the family. Unbeknownst to him, I already had this photo in my mind.
Although I envisioned both Thomas (my 15yo, above) and his brother Danny (18 and loves to make the goofiest faces imaginable for the camera) in my image, Thomas would work in a pinch. Danny was too busy that morning writing a short essay in Spanish. I cajoled Thomas into sitting down on the floor in the middle of the mess, and I stood on the computer desk chair to snap the image. The above is the first picture I took, and I chose it because it didn't get any better than that. I had wanted him to make a pull-your-hair-out-while-screaming face, but he was not in a good mood (see the picture below). Of course, not being in a good mood was good for the theme!
Note--nothing else in the photo was staged; the clutter (mostly three guys' school stuff) appears as it actually lay from the night before. Half an hour after I took the shots, my living room was back to its beautiful, tidy self.
- ISO 1600
- Manual mode
- 17-85mm lens at 17mm
- Aperture at f4
- 1/50 second shutter speed
Because the photo was just what I envisioned, post-edit was simple and quick. This week's image was all about composition--what I was actually going to shoot--not changing the image significantly with editing. In Lightroom3, I increased the contrast, brightened the image a tiny bit, and added some grain, which I think works well with both high ISO and lots of busy-ness in an image.
Toldja he wasn't in a good mood!
Don't worry; he's partially "faking" the above. He soon became his sweet self (breakfast helped). I mean--how many 15-year-olds give their moms random hugs throughout the day? :)
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