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It's All About the Family


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It's All About the Family

10 Aug 2015 11:35PM   Views : 434 Unique : 266

Sometimes we make huge efforts to capture some landscape, or a building, or maybe to make a portrait, but in club photography the humble family photo can be a bit looked down upon. So perhaps we switch off our photographer's brain and just become a Happy Snapper when it comes to the family shots. But why should we? Why not celebrate every moment that we can capture, for in the future those are for sure the images that people will actually want to see. There will be plenty of great landscapes and architecture and portraits of a formal nature from current photographers, but nobody will be able to record again the people and events that make up family life.

I confess that despite that family events are more likely to be recorded on my Pentax MX-1 compact, or perhaps on my Pentax Q-S1 kit, but still, sometimes I feel quite pleased with the outcome. So let's have a look at some images, not all of people, that I shot on our recent trip to Martin Mere. The objective of this was to show Amelia and Georgia the birdlife, and that worked very well, they loved every minute of it. Do we also love the pictures shot? Let's see how I did.


Feeding the ducks.


A Crowned Crane guards its egg.


Running in meadows, in perfect harmony.


One shot selected from a batch shot in high speed on the Pentax Q-S1 with 15-45mm zoom.


Sisters having fun!


Female Mallard.


Found near the ice cream kiosk and shot using the 1cm macro setting on the MX-1.

Shooting action subjects on compact cameras is not easy, but it is possible with practice. The success rate was much higher this time than on some previous trips. But hopefully the important thing is we have pictures, people like them and they record a moment as the granddaughters grow up.

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JackAllTog Avatar
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14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2015 8:27PM
I know that the most joy from viewing family photo's comes from other family members, and some you take end up on walls for years to come.
So yes - agree with you fam photos are great - though they often don't take direction as well as professional models - I shoot many more 'same' shots of fam/friends to get the right expression.
SlowSong Avatar
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15 11.1k 30 England
12 Aug 2015 6:30PM
I agree. But absolutely nobody in our family has ever liked their photos taken so it's a quick snap or nothing. Grin
I have no pictures of me whatsoever when I was young, and even less now I'm a tad older, good or otherwise. We just never did the photo thing as a family.

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