Today is Mother’s Day. It was a really good day, and both my mother and my family had a really nice time. We started off with church, then a hasty lunch from Subway before heading to Kensington Park for the afternoon. It was a really gorgeous day out and I couldn’t get enough of all the spring colors that are finally arriving here in Michigan. We walked some winding trails that snaked through wooded groves, strayed a bit up and down some hills, and walked along the coastline of a lake to end it all off.
Like I said earlier, the colors were absolutely breathtaking. The blues of the sky and the lakes were just staggering, there were little tufts of green grass popping up through the blanket of fall’s forgotten leaves, and many of the trees were just beginning to send their buds bursting forth across their limbs. It was a glorious day, and I loved getting the chance to capture the color and nature while walking with my family. For the first part of the walk I shot with my Pentax Q, switching inbetween the 45mm 01 Prime and the 83–249mm 06 Telephoto liberally to fit my needs as I walked around. It was an interesting day for it, and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had overexposure issues when shooting wide open at f/1.9 and f/2.8 respectively. Maybe it’s because I haven’t shot all that much during the brighter months of the year, or because I actually know the effects of shooting wide open now, but I’d never noticed how overexposed a shot can get on a sunny afternoon before today.
It was rather amusing; at one point I was struggling with overexposed shots and actually said aloud “I need an ND filter” before realizing that “Oh yeah! the Q has one built in!” Once I turned that option on it was much easier to get the general shots I was going for, and I got a few that I was quite happy with. At one point I tried to do a little bit of long exposure work with some pictures of a handpump, but I couldn’t expose it nearly long enough to blur the stream of water without blowing out the entirety of the shot. That was too bad, but all in all I had an alright time shooting.
What really surprised me today was when I got tired of shooting with my Pentax and fiddling with manual controls and interchanging lenses, I switched to my iPhone and actually began to have even more of a fun time. It was a little bizarre really, the second I began using my iPhone to shoot and explore and compose I was not only having an even better time shooting, but I felt like I was getting better shots as well. Maybe not technically, as the shots are lower resolution and with less dynamic range, but I think something about shooting with my iPhone today let me get better compositions and just have a better time. It was an odd realization to come to, but it makes me wonder if maybe I prefer my iPhone for some types of photography, and my Pentax for others. An interesting thought, and something that I’ll be interested to keep observing as I go on shooting.
To my mom; Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you so much for always being there for me and really, really beleiving in me. Thank you for loving me and caring for me no matter how much of a brat or a failure I can be sometimes, and thanks so much for bringing me into this world with all it’s hidden beauties, adventures, and surprises. I love you.
To all you others, I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day, and I just want to say; Always Go.