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The Window

Just the other day I realized I wasn’t taken as many photographs of my daughter as I used to. I’ve gotten so caught up in portrait and wedding stuff, landscapes, storms, urbex…I just kind of stopped shooting random photos of Lyla around the house or wherever we might be. Which is sad, because she’s pretty much the reason all this started…once she was born, I didn’t want to do anything but shoot pictures of her, which led to a new passion being born inside of me.

So the last few days I’ve gotten back into the habit of watching her, seeing what she’s doing and capturing it on camera if I can. Feels good to be back doing it.

This particular photo, however, was taken back at the end of December when we had a day-long rain storm which doesn’t happen around here too much. The house we’re renting in downtown Phoenix is a hundred-years old and the windows are amazing. No screens, no sliding sideways…they are the old, heavy, wooden ones with the cables on each side that help raise it up. There is something magical about these open windows and I knew when Lyla was standing on her little stool watching the rain, I just had to capture this moment.

Another memory that will last forever.

And I need those, because my wife will tell you that I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast…THIS morning. *grin*

(EXIF: Rebel XSi, Canon 50mm 1.4, F1.4, ISO 400, 1/60)

A few moments captured in Amsterdam

Sometimes you can get too attached to one kind of shot, one kind of lens and you forget that the world can be seen in a wide variety of ways. My first instinct when I landed in Holland was to capture EVERYTHING, hence my 17-35mm was the lens of choice. I wanted architecture, wide plazas, canals, cars, anything and everything…but in a wide scope.

For the first half of the trip, my 50mm 1.4 sat in the bag. But while I was in Bruges, I switched about halfway through and was thrilled at the shots I was getting. Tight shots, taking more time to compose and see what I wanted to get in the frame and mostly, the ability to get some great candid shots with my favorite lens.

There is no doubt…I can try to take candid shots with the wide angle, and sometimes they may work, but the 50mm feels like a weapon in my hands. How I love thee!

These are just a few random candid shots from Amsterdam on our last night there. Nothing earth-shattering, but I love these little peaks into the life of the city.

I read once that sometimes “travel photography” is more about capturing the people and moments, and not necessarily every famous structure or object. Everyone has seen the EiffelTower, but perhaps people haven’t seen a hard-working waitress at a little cafe down a quiet street.

It all depends on what you like. I happen to enjoy all of it.

(You can see more of my Holland pictures here: Holland Trip)