Thursday, October 27, 2016

my vantage point

I grew up spending a lot of time on a rocket ship.  If you grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1980s, you'll know exactly what I mean.  Back then, a huge metal rocket ship with a spiral staircase and a slide that would singe the heck out of you in the summer towered over Betty Virginia Park, our city's best park.  Since then, the rocket ship has been removed and two little hills great for toddler running or catching a little air on a bike stand where the rocket ship towered.   My little park has changed a lot over the years, but somehow, it's still my favorite place to play.

Don't get me wrong- Betty Virginia Park is 23 acres of normal.  There are all the usual things- fields, trees, a playground, picnic tables, bridges, gardens- all of the ordinary.   But that's the thing about finding your vantage point as a photographer- when one looks for the extraordinary among the ordinary one most often finds it. Because I have looked for it, this little park has become a wonderland of photographic delight.

And again, don't get me wrong.  If I were really to tell the truth, my favorite place to shoot would be wherever my kids are.  But if I had to choose one place to take them for pics on any given day, it would be the good ole BVP.  

Which brings me to this image: my favorite subjects (my three kids) in my favorite place to shoot (the BVP).  My husband had something to do one night, so it was just me and the kids.  I went for it.  We went to our favorite pizza place, we sang loud to music loud with the windows down, we went for ice cream, and then we went to run around and watch the sunset.  

Nine times out of ten, I have my camera handy (a Nikon Df) and this was a camera-ready evening.  I got low and had them stand on a little hill, shifted my focus to the background, adjusted my settings (I'm more of a feeler and approximation kind of girl so I could never have remembered my actual numbers but I'm sure my shutter speed was medium, aperture high, and iso highish), and now I have this memory from this night in this place where my kids ran wild and we laughed all night and they were little.  Cause they won't always be little. 

The good folks over at have come out with a new camera that will be perfect for nights like this and I CANNOT wait to try it out.  It's cell phone small, but DSLR smart. If you're like me, you're always looking to tell a story, capture a moment, find the light, discover your unique vantage point and having the right equipment on hand is paramount. 

Even in the most ordinary places like Betty Virginia Park.  

in June, I can find black-eyed susans
this week, it was fog

always love the bridges

room to run at BVP

even an old stump lends its beauty

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