Maria’s friend Kerry has a chameleon that Gavin got to hold. He was extremely defensive while in his terrarium, puffing himself up and biting at any fingers that got too close. Once out of his habitat, he became extremely docile. he was content to be handled as he climbed on people and things. He showed his color shifting ability and he moved pretty quick when he wanted to!
We had a great time celebrating my mom’s and nephew’s birthdays, which happen to be on the same day. It was really nice to see my brothers and sister and significant others. We had a nice lunch at Hing’s restaurant in Carmichael and of course, I took lots of photos.
Well, I have to change the parameters of this blog to maintain my sanity. My new plan is to spend more time setting up a shot each week rather than running around shooting random photos each day. I believe it will be more beneficial to my desire to improve as a photographer.
The image below is the result of my son receiving an aquarium for Christmas which inspired me to try my hand at aquarium photography. I used an off camera flash triggered remotely and after several photos, I added a reflector. It was quite an experience, especially focusing on those fast-moving fish. The glass of the fish tank makes auto-focus difficult and slow. This required me to focus on an area and wait for the desired fish to enter the frame at a distance that falls in the depth of field. Fortunately, the fish in the image was swimming in a repeating pattern which made guessing where the fish would be at a particular time a little easier. I remember reading about using a piece of glass to push the fish forward and limit their movements. That would have been quite useful to me.
The other day we decided to take a photo for our Christmas card in front of our wood stove. Maria and Jeana decorated and made everything look nice. I set up 2 soft boxes, set the camera on a tripod and set the timer. After taking just a few photos, the battery died on my remote, so instead of being able to activate the timer from a posed position, I had to do things the old-fashioned way, push the buttom and run. That situation contributed to some akward poses for me.
This image was taken early on as a test. Gavin is wearing his Clark Kent glasses (3D glasses without lenses).