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Photography: The Frying Pan Kids

The Frying Pan kids

The weather has changed and it feels like summer is coming to an end, but we still have time for some sunny days yet. It was cold and wet on Sunday afternoon and so I missed the event that I intended to photograph and went to the Frying Pan in Darlaston where horse owners meet on a Sunday.

I wanted to compare my 55mm lens with the 300mm lens that I suspected is better quality. The kids were eager to have their photos taken!

The Frying Pan kids

I also tried different settings. You have to be quick at an event, people move and it was quite windy. The sports setting was the most successful setting. Auto produced some blurred pictures. You can see this is in focus, with the background out of focus.

The Frying Pan kids

I shot all the pictures on a ‘large’ setting, 6000 px wide. That allows me to crop and take out anything I don’t want or zoom in closer to the subject in editing. I centred this picture and removed someone’s foot that protruded into the shot! Capturing the emotion with a fast speed and multiple shots.

The Frying Pan kids

I took four shots to get this one as the light changed. The sun came out for this one. One of the others is far too dark,the light can change very quickly.

The Frying Pan kids

I took this one from the other side of the car park with the 300mm telephoto lens. It seems much sharper, you can see the brickwork of the wall clearly and the individual spokes of the wheel. The sun did come out better, but I think the colours are better too. I need another lens! I would like a 18 to 200mm lens, but as Amazon keeps reminding me, they’re £600. I might manage to get the 18 – 105 mm lens which is still expensive at nearly £200.

The Frying Pan kids

I like this picture, again it was taken from a distance with the 300mm lens. It almost looks 3D with the background out of focus and the subject quite sharp.

You can see these pictures more clearly by double clicking on them. They have been reduced in size from 6000 pixels wide to 1500 pixels wide. I am hoping to get a good picture and have it enlarged to 30 inches wide at 6000 pixels across and have it printed on canvas. I think that will probably be of a horse and cart, being driven.

What do you think of today’s pictures? Please share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, I can’t choose a favourite this week because all of the children are so adorable! Taking pictures of children isn’t easy but you did a great job!

    I like the idea of taking a larger photo and then cropping it. I hadn’t thought of doing that before!

    September 1, 2014 at 20:14

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    The children were very keen to have their photos taken. They had seen the me work before and many of the previous photos were in the local newspaper. I really like the last one, it’s technically very good. You can crop the large pictures to centre you subject better in thing like portraits, but also to zoom in on things. I took a picture of a swan on Sunday and a ducks flew into the picture at the same time!I’ll use that image tomorrow.

    September 1, 2014 at 22:33

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