Sunday Snapshots – Out Skiing

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It was a nice afternoon today, mild, sunny to start though it clouded over a bit later. Dan suggested we go out for a ski, and I was happy to join him. I handed him the camera on the way back and asked him to take a photo, ’cause I’m never in photos, always behind them.

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The photos of Dan were shot from the hip, partly so I didn’t have to disentangle my ski pole to remove the camera from my shoulder so I could raise it to my face to take a photo. But mostly so that I could get candid shots, ’cause candid are much more interesting than posed.

The downside to shooting from the hip is that it takes some practice to know where the camera’s pointing. Particularly when you’re trying to take the photos stealthily, not looking like you’re actually taking photos. I run off dozens. Every once in a while I get lucky. Mostly I don’t.

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Realizing you’ve got it set on manual focus helps with getting better photos, too.

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10 responses to “Sunday Snapshots – Out Skiing

  1. Isn’t it wonderful the way a dog can walk through an entire woods, and still get excited about finding a stick?

  2. “Every once in a while I get lucky. Mostly I don’t.”

    What a great description of my own photography. Digital cameras are one of the coolest inventions ever. I’m very cheap, and film photography is very traumatic for me because of that.

    • I completely agree about digital photography, Joy. It used to be such an expensive hobby, not least of all for the very expensive learning curve, but digital really put photography in the hands of the masses. I probably average about 15,000 photos a year these days. Which is probably about a hundred times more than I would have taken pre-digital. I figure that with an average all-in cost of $10 per roll of film, the digital camera has paid for itself many times over by now. :)

  3. Instead of being behind the first photo, you’re showing off your behind!

  4. hee hee..great shooting from the hip shots!
    The photo below Dan does not show up on your post for me…

  5. Too much fun! First, the skiing looks enjoyable; second, I laughed through the sneaky images.

    And that photo of Raven with the stick is so full of energy.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Jason! Yes, that photo captures Raven’s energy pretty well. She’s a bottomless pit of energy, it’s nearly impossible to wear her out. Lots of enthusiasm for the world!

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