Zip Lining in Boston

What a perfect way to end February vacation! With the beautiful weather that we had this past Saturday, we decided to go to Boston for a walk along the river. The first think that our kids noticed was the new play space at the Esplanade. Of course, we had to stop there. They had so much fun zip lining and climbing the spider web. We also had fun taking pictures of them. For this particular photo, a slow shutter speed was needed to show some action of our son riding the zip line.   

"It's Fun In Fall"

Fall is beautiful in New England. The weather starts to get colder. Leaves start to change their colors and trees lose their leaves. Kids play in the park wearing warmer and colorful clothes that contrast with the leaves. The sun is at a lower angle. That means the light from the sun is warmer. And once we combine all of them together, it is simply the perfect time to make photography.

While I was writing this post, my son sat next to me. He read it, and said, "it needs more". He started to dictate what he thought we needed to say. "It's fun in fall. The leaves start to change their colors. It gets colder. Kids  like to play in leaf piles. It's the perfect time to have some fall fun. Also, birds fly south for the winter to survive in a warmer place like Florida. Because it never snows there or get even colder"

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Portrait at Sunset

We took this picture on our vacation in Maine a couple of weeks ago. The kids were ready for bed when we saw this amazing sunset. Very quickly we got our camera and flash and asked the kids to sit on the dock. Exposing for the sky was necessary to catch its vibrant colors but that meant that everything else was going to be underexposed. We didn't want to capture a silhouette. Therefore, using a flash was necessary to illuminate the kids. Flash was off the camera. We also feathered the light from the flash to avoid harsh lighting on their faces.  The end result is this beautiful picture of the kids enjoying nature and beautiful landscape with a gorgeous sunset.

Children and Pets Love

One of my favorite themes to photograph is the love between children and animals.They have such genuine feeling. Dogs, for example, are magnets to my children. Every time they see a dog, they stop and ask the owner if they can pet it. This one in particular is a dog that belonged to a farm that we visited over the weekend. My son fell in love with this dog. And I have the feeling that the dog was also happy to receive all this love from my child. 

Studio Portrait

As kids grow, it gets more challenging to get natural smiles. Somehow, once they turn five, they start to give you a "cheese" smile when they stand in front of the camera. That being said, it is really important to learn ahead of time what makes the kid happy, what makes him or her smile, what things he or her gets excited about.  This information, along with a proper studio setup is key to a successful photo session. 

The set up for this session was rather simple. To the right, I used a studio light with a softbox as the main light, a reflector on the left to fill some light and a light with an umbrella directed to the backdrop to create some separation between the kid and the backdrop. 

Daily Picture - Baby by the Leaves

The other day at the park, my son and a couple of his friends started to play with the foliage after they finished playing soccer. I started taking pictures of them. This very cute and curious baby kept crawling to try to get close to the camera. I asked her and her mom if they wanted a picture. She sat down and stopped looking to touch the camera. I really think she was asking me to take some pictures of her too. Maybe she was thinking why are you only taking pictures of them and not me? by the way I’m cutter. I have to say she was a great model. She sat next to a tree, extended her arms and gave her mom a beautiful smile. The light from the sun illuminating the grass behind the tree was harsh and the background was going to be overexposed. So I position myself on an angle to only capture the baby and the tree behind her.

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Daily Picture - Fall Family Session

One of the challenges of photo sessions at the pick of the fall is that the landscape can change from one day to the next. You need to have your eyes open at all times looking for different alternatives. When we picked this location, trees were yellow and beautiful. We were also lucky that the day of the photo shoot we had some breeze that helped lots of leaves to fall in the middle of the photo shoot. That allowed us to be creative and play with different  poses.  And, on top of that,  it made kids happy . Two days later all leaves had fallen down those trees. Scenery had a very different feel. 

Daily Picture - Fall Rain

It's been a while since I wrote a post. I've have some photos from various photo sessions we've done lately that I'd like to share. I will do that starting tomorrow. Today, I want to share a photo that I took this morning from a walk in the rain with my son. Temperature was nice, so we decided to get the umbrellas and put on rain boots to go outside. Since he loves walking with his umbrella and jumping in puddles, he jumped off the couch and got himself ready to go.

To get this shot, I made sure that I had enough speed to freeze the action and get the splash in the shot. Because my son's umbrella is green, I asked him to pull the umbrella far from his face so we didn't get green reflection in his face and also to be able to get more light in his face. 

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Daily Picture- Barefoot Curly hair Girl

This picture was taken at a photo shoot we did last week. The place that the family chose for the shoot gave us a variety of backgrounds to work with. I specially loved this pat. The colors of bushes and flowers, the texture of the brick and stones and the simplicity of the dress gave us a great combination for the composition.

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Daily Picture - Playing at the Beach

 

There is nothing better for a child than having water, sand and a bucket. It is just hours of fun when you combine the three together. To compose this picture, I wanted to have the reflection of my son in the water. I also wanted to include the different layers of colors and feel of the ocean. 

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Daily Picture - Grandma

We are very lucky to have my mom in town to visit us and to spend some time with our kids. They are spending precious moments with her. This picture was taken the day after she arrived when we went outside to watch the kids playing.

When editing the picture I decided not to soften any of the wrinkles in her face. I thing she still looks amazing the way she is. 

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Daily Picture - Jumping

No matter how many times you tell a kid that he should not jump, run, etc, some times they can't help themselves. They end at taking any opportunity that comes around to do it. Playing with the stomp rockets was one of those he couldn't pass. 

He finally got a water proof cast today. Now he can run, jump and even jump in the water.

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Exposure: 1/400 sec at  f/4.0 ISO Speed Rating: ISO100 Focal Length:135mm Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/4.0 IS USM  Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/400 sec at  f/4.0
ISO Speed Rating: ISO100
Focal Length:135mm
Lens: Canon EF70-200mm f/4.0 IS USM
Flash: Didn't fired

Daily Picture - Exploring The Forest

This morning I went for a walk with my son. Five minutes into our walk through the forest he said " just trees and trees and trees... Boooriiing" So I told him that if we paid attention to the surrounding he'd discover it was not going to be boring at all. Well, I have to say that we had a great morning. We found so many interesting things, hollow trees, birds, colorful mushrooms, cool spider webs, etc. At the end, he didn't want to go home at all. This is one of the pictures that I took.

Exposure: 1/250Sec at f/2.8 ISO Speed Rating: ISO500 Focal Length:100mm Lens: Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM  Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/250Sec at f/2.8
ISO Speed Rating: ISO500
Focal Length:100mm
Lens: Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Flash: Didn't fired

Daily Picture - Valentine's Day Pictures

This picture was taken at the Valentine's Day event we had with ColoresKids . Kids had a great time doing crafts and getting their pictures taken. We set up our portable studio with a white background and different props to choose from for boys and girls.

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Daily Picture - Sledding

With the freezing temperatures we had in January it was not really possible to enjoy snow as we like. We couldn't wait to go sledding. Fortunately for us, this past weekend temperatures were much better. We had a lot of fun.   

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/7.1 ISO Speed Rating: ISO200 Focal Length: 175mm Lens: Lumix G Vario PZ 45 - 175/F4.0=5.6  Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/7.1
ISO Speed Rating: ISO200
Focal Length: 175mm
Lens: Lumix G Vario PZ 45 - 175/F4.0=5.6
Flash: Didn't fired

Daily Picture - Pictures at Colores Kids

Claudia Peralta Shepherd from ColoresKids invited us to participate in her studio's holiday event. We set up a studio where we took pictures to some of the families that attended the event.  Kids had a great time doing crafts and posing for the pictures. What a great place for kids to do arts and crafts! We were really impressed with the feel of this place, Claudia and the stuff were very welcoming and creative. This a very nice place for kids to explore art and have some fun. The studio offers after school activities, movie night for the kids, birthday parties etc. 

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Daily Picture - In the Process of Taking a Family Photo

Taking family portraits is very challenging, specially when there are little kids involved. My family is not the exception. Last week we took a picture of my brother's family and mine while having some fun together at a sky resort. Nothing formal (You can tell non of us is dress for a formal portrait). It was just for the purpose of having great memories of our time together. It took some skill, and patience to get everyone involved and looking at the camera.  This picture is the first we took. You can tell everyone is trying to get my little one to cooperate. Thankfully he finally looked at the camera and we got the picture we wanted. 

Exposure: 1/320 Sec at f/5.6  ISO Speed Rating: ISO500  Focal Length: 70mm  Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM   Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/320 Sec at f/5.6

ISO Speed Rating: ISO500

Focal Length: 70mm

Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fired

Daily Picture - Playing in the Snow

One of our favorite activities after a snow storm is to play on top of the snow banks. Luis usually smoothes the bank down to make a slide. Then the kids have hours of play. 

One tip for taking pictures in the snow is to compensate the exposure around one stop over so your subject is properly exposed.  

Exposure: 1/320 Sec at f/4.0  ISO Speed Rating: ISO250  Focal Length: 200mm  Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM   Flash: Didn't fired

Exposure: 1/320 Sec at f/4.0

ISO Speed Rating: ISO250

Focal Length: 200mm

Lens: EF70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fired

Daily Picture - Enjoying a Sandwich

I like capturing intimate moments while people enjoy a experience. In this case, a kid eating a Nutella Sandwich. HIs face says it all.

This picture was taken in the late afternoon when light is warm. I positioned the camera in a way that the sun didn't lighted the kid's face, but instead worked perfect to get rim light. With the open aperture of 2.8 and the light hitting the metal benches, I got some bokeh in the picture as well as some specular highlights.

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/2.8  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100   Focal Length: 100   Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM   Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/800 Sec at f/2.8

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 100

Lens: EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Didn't fire

Daily Picture - Backgrounds

When composing your pictures, look around for interesting  and unconventional backgrounds. Walk around and look beyond the greens and the flowers. Old barns and alleys make for cool backgrounds that add a different mood to your picture.

Exposure: 1/60 Sec at f/7.1  ISO Speed Rating: ISO100   Focal Length: 81mm   Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM    Flash: Didn't fire

Exposure: 1/60 Sec at f/7.1

ISO Speed Rating: ISO100

Focal Length: 81mm

Lens: EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Flash: Didn't fire