Boys

June 7th, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, it was nice outside. Terah, Jacob, Oliver, and I went outside. I had my camera to take photos while Jacob and Oliver mostly played. We did try to pose them a bit, but the overall plan was to just take some photos of them doing their own thing.

So I wound up taking 824 photos. Hurray for digital cameras. We narrowed that down to a few of our favorites, which you can view as a slideshow. I’ll highlight few of those below.

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Jacob walking down the drive way, gazing at all the beans coming up off in the distance

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Hmm, Oliver, let me see too…

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Running is fun!

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Peek-a-boo

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Goerzen’s Law of Child Photography: If you attempt to get them to pose, a minimum of one boy will have a weird expression at any given time.

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Also, chances are good that a cat will sneak in and also do something.

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My imagined conversation for this one: “Here Oliver, this is how you use a piece of bark.” “Quiet, I’m trying to eat this grass.”

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Oliver decides that grass stuck on his teeth isn’t fun

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No explanation for this one.

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Classic brothers. Jacob is using a piece of bark to mess around in some dirt, while Oliver quietly learns how to do it. He never said it, but I can easily imagine him saying, “Here Oliver, here’s what you do with bark: you dig up dirt like this! It’s funny!”

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BONZAI!!!

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Guess I better watch where I point that camera…

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Here kitty — get ready for some more petting… *thwack* Strangely the cat seemed to love it. Our other cat avoids Oliver.

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Jacob deriving a great deal of joy from telling us that his shirt says “big SPIDER”. He came up with that joke himself and thought it was hilarious.

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This is one of a few photos of Jacob wearing a suit that I once wore.

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It’s hard to stand still when the hammock has a great “train whistle” on it.

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I have no idea what he’s planning here. But really, I think I should be afraid.

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It’s… a fridge door. Yay?

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  1. Andy Cater

    John – I follow your posts with interest on Planet Debian and also in the mailing lists. You write interesting posts there – and you have a gift for description of your life that has its own calming influence. You’re blessed in your family, your faith and your life – I can’t help feeling envious, but curiously relaxed by watching it at second hand :) Take care. Andy

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    John Goerzen Reply:

    Thank you very much Andy. That’s very kind of you. Though I can guarantee you that life with 2 boys isn’t always calm ;-)

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  2. Kumar Appaiah

    The photos are very nice, but I’d really request you to bump up the saturation; they’ll look even richer! :-)

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    John Goerzen Reply:

    You’re right about some of them. These are not post-processed in any way. I simply took too many of them to bother. I tend not to do that unless I’m printing 8×10 or larger, and even then I print using mpix.com, where optional color retouching by their staff is already included in the price.

    Really I think what you’re seeing is more a case of incorrect exposure. The lighting conditions were rather challenging. The boys were in the shade, though the background wasn’t (and in some cases parts of them weren’t). I simply had the aperture too wide on some of them. I don’t own a spot meter, and even if I did, it wouldn’t have been practical for candid shots. The Canon evaluative meter didn’t always get a consistent result frame-to-frame (I probably should have shot with spot metering or manual controls, really).

    I do sometimes like to bump up the saturation for a really colorful look. Or sometimes I, well, remove it and print on Ilford B&W paper from mpix ;-)

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    Kumar Appaiah Reply:

    They look much more pleasing now. Thanks for taking note! :-)

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  3. Nana

    Ahhh! I needed that!

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