Anyway, I thought I would share some photos with you that aren't of Callum! These are some pics of a friends daughter that I took in a five minute "session" - I basically grabbed her when they were over for a play-date during the holidays and asked if I could take her photo. Oh, the difference between a six year old and a three year old is immense - she actually stayed in the spot I put her!! And looked at the camera!!
For some reason I just love this first photo - it's hard to see on this web size but her eyes are insanely sharp - when you look into them you can see the reflections of the sky above her in her eyes. I was also practising with my focus at lower apertures - the following two were taken at F2.0 but i managed to get both eyes sharp by keeping them on the same focal plane.
Although I really like the bokeh is the shot below, the photo doesn't thrill me so much - it's nice, but as the smile doesn't quite reach her eyes it falls a bit flat. (not that your subject has to be smiling, but if they are not, it's nice if it still "speaks" to you somehow, this one just doesn't)
At this point her three year old sister wanted to get her photo taken with her sister (this is the same girl that literally runs away from me whenever I point the camera at her) - only problem was by this time (all of five minutes had passed) Callum was bored so decided to jump up in front of the camera when I was trying to take a picture so I ended up with a lot of his head in the frame.
Her sister then got in on the action by jumping up behind her - so this was the one and only usable shot I got of her on her own but luckily I like it - would you look at those eyes!
All of these were taking with my 135mm lens which I love, love, love for outdoor shots. (For a similar field of view on a cropped frame camera you would be looking at an 85mm) I still haven't quite got the hang of the depth of field with this lens - in quite a few of the shots one eye was in perfect sharpness, but even though it was a centimetre or so behind, the back eye was out.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share my little practice sessions with you....!