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Project 52 : Week 9 - Laughter

You can always count on Landon for a laugh. Sometimes it may be an "evil" laugh because he's doing something bad. But most of the time it's because he's happy and playing. I took this photo on the evening of his 3rd birthday. I decided to turn his crib into a toddler bed to celebrate his birthday and we were going a mini shoot to document that transition. I got a few photos of him laying and playing in his "new" bed. However, I didn't choose any of those photos for this week's photo because the whole toddler bed experience has not been going well for this week. It's been a wild ride and we decided it was best to put him back in the crib so that everyone can (hopefully) get a good night's sleep again. Maybe we will try again in a few months. The photos turned out ok - nothing too special - and I just didn't want to think about it again right now because it's been a rough week as a mother to my strong willed three year old. (Ok, that may have been to much TMI for this blog post but there you go...if you have any awesome advice for how to help Landon make better choices and listen to us - hit me up!)

A note about my settings and setup (shot in manual mode).

  1. I used the 35mm lens again due to the enclosed space and speed.

  2. It was dark outside (so no natural light) and the overhead lights were on so I needed all the help I could get with letting more light into my camera.

  3. I set the shutter speed to be very fast because I knew Landon was going to be running around crazy in his room and needed to freeze his motion.

  4. The aperture of 2.5 let in a lot of light and I didn't care too much about blurry background since there wasn't going to be very much bokeh. I didn't go any lower because it would have been hard to get a crisp photo.

  5. The ISO had to be very high because of the other settings. You can notice significant grain in this photo but I feel it still isn't too distracting.

If you would like to join me this year and complete your own Project 52, download my prompt guide and follow along.

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