I’m surprised by this image. Everyone who sees it (and that’s quite a few because my husband took it into work) comments that it’s “sooooo cute!” I don’t personally think it’s a good shot for multiple reasons.
- First, Corbin’s eyes are practically shut. That’s never a good thing, especially when trying to take pictures of a kid.
- Second, it’s shot at an odd angle. (you try shooting in the snow and see how difficult it is!) I really needed a ladder to get a better angle, and since the snow was melting and we had places to be, this was the best I could do.
- Third, sure, he’s smiling, but what is he smiling at? I can tell you his daddy was making him laugh, but you certainly don’t know that just looking at the image.
- Fourth, I hate shooting in the sun. It blows out the highlights and amps the contrast way up unless you use a fill-in flash on your subject. Which I didn’t, since I don’t have an off camera flash or even one that can bounce light when you angle it. That’s on the list of things to get, but somehow lenses are more enticing, since I don’t usually need a flash in most situations.
Still, when all is said and done, it’s a really cute snapshot that’s easy to understand – Corbin “made” a snow angel (he had assistance, of course) in his first snow. And he’s happy about it. Cute! And I have to say, one thing did work out very well: shooting snow in angled sunlight makes it look much more textured. Something to remember for future shots, although the sun makes very rare appearances here during the snowy season.