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CherylG June 19, 2016
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Cute :D

dreaming of spring



Little darling, curious girls with golden curls, green grass, and baby chickens. It's hard to beat the afternoon light shining on these perfect subjects. A...
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Little darling, curious girls with golden curls, green grass, and baby chickens. It's hard to beat the afternoon light shining on these perfect subjects. Amazing to watch them both grow up!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in the overgrown front lawn of my house! It's tough to transport baby chicks, so I had my girlfriend bring her toddler over to play in the sunshine where I could safely manage the baby birds, AND the toddler.
Time
Late afternoon. I love the warm light of magic hour - and I'm not a morning person, so I tend to shoot later in the day.
Lighting
I just wanted this to be natural, bright, and casual. I didn't even opt for a reflector - as chasing a baby bird and a toddler means lots and lots of movement.
Equipment
This was my simple, go-to set up - my 50mm 1.4 lens. I happened to shoot this using my old workhorse backup camera, a D300. I am a full-frame shooter as a rule of thumb, but sometimes you grab what you have.
Inspiration
Photographing toddlers is an exercise - in every sense of the word. They do not have the patience for posing, directions, even bribery typically falls flat. When I have baby chicks (or a kitten or a dog) they're a great foil for a busy kid - they help direct the attention and focus, and leave me with a very adorable, casual, portrait.
Editing
Just a simple crop. I have played a few times with removing that awful blade of grass, but it's never quite right.
In my camera bag
Full frame Nikon, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 20 mm 2.8, a Lens Flipper, an old Pentax 50mm macro lens with adapter ring, a CPL, a 6 stop ND filter (hello, throwback to my landscape days!), batteries, memory cards, and a Snickers bar. I primarily shoot with my 50mm 1.4 - it's a pretty ideal lens.
Feedback
Don't ever be afraid to get down in the dirt (literally) with your subject. Kids love bugs, birds, animals, flowers - you put a kid in a pile of wildflowers, or put an animal in front of them and you have instant interest - and a darling way to shoot your subject that's fun for them, rewarding for you, and leaves their parents with really beautiful images of their child being delighted by the world around them. And, if like me, you have lots of animals you can use as subjects, make sure you're constantly aware of THEIR safety, and needs, and always, ALWAYS have the parent nearby to wrangle if necessary, and *always* have an assistant to help you keep the animal safe too - it's too much work to take the photos AND play Sargent Safety!

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