I started noticing that I’ve been leaving my film camera at home more often. So the past few outings I made a point to take my film camera, and leave my DSLR at home instead. Here are some pictures from Labor Day Weekend, as well as Irina’s Birthday. I learned a few things; like taking pictures of a baby who loves to move with a Hasselblad 503 is hard, and the keeper rate is low. Also learned that despite how I feel if I am taking my Hasselblad with me I should throw my tripod into the trunk. There has been several times in the last couple of months where I wanted to take the picture, but it was just too dark for handheld. One example is while wondering downtown Tacoma, we saw this old beat up garage that’s no longer being used, have its door open and the owner was doing some work. We asked if we could go in to look around and discovered the car hiding in a corner. It was so dark in there that I had to shoot at 1/2 a second shutter speed. I used Jemma’s stroller handle as something to prop the camera on and hoped she wouldn’t kick or wake up and move the stroller around. From now on I’ll leave the tripod in my trunk to have just in case I need it. Please let me know what you think.
I can’t believe it has almost been a month since we’ve brought little Jemma home. Time has been put on pause as the days and nights are filled with a never ending cycle of diaper changing, feeding, and then diaper changing again. Jemma’s favorite pass time is to spend her days, nights, and every moment in between, sleeping on her mom’s or dad’s chest. Anything else absolutely won’t due. Also, when putting her to sleep or comforting her, don’t for a moment think that you can grab your phone and catch up on your email or reading as she’s drifting off; because she will quickly let you know that you are being rude.
Irina has been amazing! I don’t know how she can do it with the miniscule amount of sleep that she’s getting. Really appreciate her and everything she does.
But its not always as bad as I’ve made it seem. There are times when she’s fed, her diaper dry, and her tummy is not bothering her. In those rare moments she’ll intently study her surroundings with those gorgeous sapphire blue eyes, and melt your heart with her amazing smile. In those moments nothing else matters and its all worth it.
Also, Irina and I have started practicing a new trade this month. Like vultures we’ve been circling Jemma with our iPhone’s in our hands snapping away. I think each day we take at least a couple of dozen pictures on our iPhones. But hey! The upside is if I ever lose my day job, I can always try out being a paparazzi.
In spite of all the iPhone photography going on, I was able to get a few shots on film.