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Full of Hot Air

July 2, 2010

Participating in Macro Friday has made me stop and notice the little details in everything.  Details that I’ve never put an ounce of thought into until now.  To me, macro photography is sort of the story within the story.  The little things that sometimes go unnoticed.

Check her out and see some amazing close up photography.  She hosts this cool blog hop.


Air. Hot air. You better have loads of it if you have kids.  There’s yelling to be done.  It sometimes accompanies wild gestures.  Sometimes it corrects bad behavior.  Sometimes it warns of approaching danger.  And sometimes it’s there just so you can hear yourself talk, even when no one else is listening.

 And sometimes it’s to fill up pool toys! 

And other times, all that hot air is useful when you want to brag on your children!

Adam, my eleven year old  ,wondered why I was taking the above picture and I tried to explain to him about macro photography.  The little I know, anyway.   This was the first time he’d shown any interest in my camera, and he soon wanted to take a turn.  So, after a brief(hour-long) lecture on being careful with my camera and how to play with the exposure and depth of field, this is what he came up with. 

I haven’t done any cropping and hardly anything in the editing department.  I may have corrected tones just a little, but that’s about it!  And in some of them, I didn’t even do that.

This is my dad’s rusty old bike, parked in the hydrangea plant.

I loved this shot of the hydrangea under the palm tree.  I was impressed with his composition.

Once again, I was tickled with the way he composed this shot. 

I loved the angles he came up with.

I got a kick out of his subject, the depth of field, as well as the angle on this one.

Like sands through the  hour-glass, so are the days of our lives. 

 And I’m sensing that my time is running out, I can only get away with bragging on my son for so long!

Off to Laura’s! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2010 6:33 am

    Wow these photos are amazing, thanks for following….enjoy the site..!

  2. July 2, 2010 7:08 am

    These are great! Don’t you love it when your kids get interested in one of your passions?

  3. July 2, 2010 9:42 am

    OK, the blinds, the 2nd windchime one and the pool are all awesome! Love them!

  4. July 2, 2010 9:52 am

    Honestly, I can’t wait until Addyson or Colton want to try my camera out. Or Drew! Drew has never asked. I’d be curious to see what he came up with.

    His pictures are actually great! I think my favorite is the bells with the view from underneath. It looks really cool.

    Did he do all the settings himself?

    • July 2, 2010 10:02 am

      He did! I didn’t tell him there was any other way to shoot than in manual. Hoping he’ll learn early and it’ll come natural to him. I’d love to get him his own camera, just to protect mine, you know?

  5. July 2, 2010 10:27 am

    wow, those are amazing shots! I’m super impressed!

  6. July 2, 2010 10:33 am

    Very impressive! My favorites were the second to last one (that looked like it was in a magazine) and the very first tow of the wind chimes.

    I am so asking Santa for another lens this year!

    Happy 4th of July!

  7. July 2, 2010 10:42 am

    Your son took these?! AMAZING! I am blown away.

  8. July 2, 2010 1:12 pm

    The photos are really great. Pretty impressive!

  9. July 2, 2010 2:09 pm

    Wow!!! I guess great photographers run in your gene pool… and your son is proff that we need to get out and bend over and look at everyday things from new angles. Thanks for sharing… I think I am gonna get my camera and crawl around my living room….

    Can I please have that yellow room of yours, in MY house . Love the color!!!

    ((((((hotair)))))) so that you can barag some more. That is worth bragging about!

  10. July 2, 2010 4:38 pm

    Wow..there was NO hot air in that brag section..he is a talented little guy!! Seriously. These are great!! Not even one of his brothers urine stream or the view up one nostril!! I’m impressed!!

  11. July 2, 2010 6:37 pm

    Those are great pictures. He did a great job. You could frame them, they’d make a lovely wall collage.
    Thanks for your comment. My very first on wordpress. Did you get my reply by email?

  12. July 2, 2010 6:52 pm

    Wow, you have a right to brag! Those are some professional picutres there. Hope he gets lots of fun pictures of you and your family and friends enjoying this holiday weekend.

  13. July 2, 2010 7:31 pm

    These are absolutely awesome! Don’t you love seeing things through his eyes? Great composition and angles.

    And that hourglass? Perfect….some days it just feels like it’s slipping through.

  14. July 2, 2010 7:40 pm

    Oh, so lovely! He definitely has an eye here. Wish I could get my 13-year-old into it. I keep trying, but he says, “Mom, that’s YOUR thing. MY thing is video games and dinosaurs.”

    LOVE the first shot you did there. It is very, very grin-inducing.

  15. Holly Olds permalink
    July 3, 2010 10:56 am

    Thumbs up Adam! You did a great job!!

  16. July 3, 2010 12:21 pm

    Very impressive! And I’m not just blowing hot air! I think sometimes kids come up with wonderful photography because they’re not so bound by “rules”…if that makes sense. We, as adults, might be more hesitant to try something “different” because we worry about doing things “right.” Either way, his angles are wonderful. Love the one with the bells from underneath.

  17. July 3, 2010 8:32 pm

    wow, those are awesome! Looks like he’s taking after you!

  18. July 4, 2010 5:05 am

    Your son is so talented – can’t believe an 11-year old has such an eye for this – stunning
    Thanks for your nice words over at my blog :=)

  19. July 5, 2010 2:31 pm

    You and your son are quite the photographers!! I’m very impressed! It’s so cool how differently we each see the world…kids especially!

  20. July 5, 2010 2:58 pm

    I love your shot! I love the composition & the colors & the fact that there’s an entire person blurred in the background!

    And your son’s photos are impressive!! I like the one of the yellow flower, especially!

  21. July 5, 2010 10:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love the first one-the colors are great!


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