Wednesday, December 16, 2009

High-Speed Life

I’m beginning to see a trend in 75% of the photos I take of Charles: they’re out of focus.  The boy moves so fast that I can hardly get my camera to focus on him doing something.  Compounding this phenomenon is the fact that Charles thinks the camera is some kind of magical being stuck to my hand and he wants to eat it.  The instant he hears it click or sees a flash, he turns and toddler-waddles over to it, arms outstretched, ready to grab the machine from my hands.  I get a lot of photos like this:

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Also, like this:

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Part of the problem, of course, is that I have an auto-focus digital camera.  While they are a revolution in photo-taking, both inexpensive and easy-to-use, they are not instantaneous.  Someday I will spend the thousands it takes to get a large, awesome camera.  Until then, I will have a lot of in-motion, not-looking-at-you-anymore photos.

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Sometimes, though, I get gems.  Behold:

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Charles really wanted to help push his buddy Ethan on the scooter, so Ethan ended up the engine of the train.  Don’t tell DeAnna, but I think she’s the caboose.

They are cute, aren’t they?  Ethan is 3 months younger.

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The scooter is a big hit.  I think we might have to buy our own before we give this one back to the Landons.

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Tony was pretty proud of Charles’ Mohawk:

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K Schimmy said...

You don't have to spend thousands to get a DSLR camera with good reaction time... that is the down-side to the bar-of-soap cameras, the lag time between pressing the shutter release and the shutter actually opening. Let me know if you want recommendations so you can catch that speedy toddler!

K Schimmy said...

And by the way... easily 30% of the photos I take are also out-of-focus. That's just how it is with the kiddos! The trick is to just keep firing!

Hailey and Stan said...

I got a Canon DSLR at Costco in September. It was only around $600, for the basic camera. It is great!

Charles sure is a cutie!!! I love his smile and that mohawlk!