These are my neice Emma’s dirty little toes resting for just a second at a playground this past weekend. I was standing near her when she stopped momentarily. I loved the way her toes were overlapping one another and of course I loved how filthy they were. I knew I had to snap a quick photo before she skipped away. I love using the details of a scene to help tell a story. To me this photo captures a little piece of chilhood. I think the photo below does the same thing. Neither image shows an actual person, but instead shows the essence of the scene.
This week your challenge is to capture a detail shot of your kids. They could be doing absolutely anything or even nothing at all. The goal is to get your image to be able to stand on it’s own and tell a little story about being a kid. Think about the angle you are shooting at. Getting down on your childs level helps connect the viewer to your subject. Consider your lighting, background and composition. DSLR users may want to try using a large apeture for selective focus
This photo was taken on Aperture priority mode at f/1.4 ISO 200. The shallow depth of field focuses your attention right on Emma’s toes. I try not to center my subjuct if possible, but I think the bokeh around her feet makes this image more interesting visually. If you are using a point and shoot camera you may want to try using your Macro mode to get a similar look.