Project 52 : Week 20 - Blue

It was a pretty lucky coincidence that the prompt this week was blue because it was Bryce's graduation week and his cap and gown were blue. :) I know it's just preK and it's silly to have a graduation for this but it is a pretty big change for this kid and his friends. Bryce has known most of the other kids since he was 9 weeks old. He's literally grown up with these kids and they are all the friends he knows. This school is the only place he knows on a daily basis and all the teachers know him so well. And all of that will change in 3 short months. He will leave his friends (and probably never see most of them again), meet a new set of teachers and attend a new school. He says he will be fine and make new friends (which I know he will) but I know it's going to be rough for awhile.


But anyway...to celebrate this impending change, Bryce and I ventured out the night before his ceremony to take some photos. In an hour, we went to 3 locations and he was such a good sport - even if he didn't like wearing the gown. Check out the video below to see all the images we created together. I love this boy more than he'll ever know!

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

  1. For this location I used the 70-200mm lens because I knew it would create beautiful bokeh and I had the room to move around. This was the first of a series of photos that I zoomed in more on each click. The bokeh from the sun is amazing and it's the reason I picked this location as the final stop.

  2. The sun was setting so the ISO was a tad higher at 640 but still no grain to worry about.

  3. I positioned Bryce a good distance in front of the grass to create depth and additional bokeh so the aperture of 3.2 was still plenty open enough to give dimension to the photo.

  4. He wasn't moving so I was able to keep the shutter speed slower at 1/160. I could have compensated this by going to 1/250 and changing the aperture to 2.8 but this image still works!

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