Hazy Days

The other day I decided to take advantage of “the golden hour” of photography.  The kids and I piled into the van and drove down to a pretty spot so I could take some pictures and practice getting sun flares and hazy backlighting.  I think they turned out pretty well :)  I really enjoy trying these new techniques.

This is the only decent picture I was able to take of all five children.  I just love the soft haze that the backlighting gives.  It softens the overall look of the image  and gives it a kind of romance.

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Notice this one is missing a certain someone.  Henry was not cooperative.

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In this one I shaded the lens with my hand to give it a more crisp and dramatic look (just like when you use your hand to shade your eyes).  I also moved so the light was coming more from the side than the back.  Wait a minute!  We’re missing another kid!

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Oh there they are… playing Daddy.

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Next I had Lucy (sporting her new sassy haircut) spin around for me.  I love the sun flare in these photos.  Especially where you can see the rays coming through the trees.

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I probably shouldn’t have had her spinning on a hill.

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Well, she seemed to enjoy herself regardless of the tumble.

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As did Emma…

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And Henry.  All of those grass clippings just waiting to be rubbed into our hair.

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“Um… Mom?  Can we go over there?”

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“Look guys!  A bridge!  This will make a great picture.  Everyone come here!  Spencer, get down!”

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“Lucy, hold Henry so he can’t run away.  Jack get off of that!  Look at me… JACK!

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“Oh forget it.  Lucy, go ahead and put him down.”

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“I”m FREE!!”

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“Yummy dirt, Mama!”

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I asked Spencer to sit in front of the pretty greenery and stones but for some reason he (the same boy who wanted to bury himself in the sand of a “beach” volleyball court the other day) was too grossed out by the leaves to sit down… so he crouched.  “I’ll just pretend I’m sitting.”

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After exactly 20 minutes the kids were done and I was being eaten by mosquitos.  So we packed it up and went back home.  Henry wasn’t cooperating anyway.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne says:

    Such lovely photos. It’s funny to get the back story with them :)

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  2. Cari says:

    Super cute- love the golden light and adorable hair!

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  3. Virginia says:

    Haha! This is exactly what happens when I try to take pictures of my kids. Can be very frustrating. Which is why we don’t have very many of them all together. I just let them do their thing and take them in action.

    Great pics though! I picked up a few pointers. Thanks :)

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  4. Sanz says:

    Good job. The pictures and captions are great.

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  5. Mom says:

    Beautiful pictures. Beautiful subjects.

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  6. Mom says:

    I was stunned at picture #3. She looks exactly like you did. Puzzled look and all. Truly amazing.

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