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Babies and Basketballs

April 12, 2011

A friend of mine had a baby recently, and he asked me to take photos for the birth announcement. I haven’t been around a little baby in a long time, so it was fun and adorable, even though she was being a little fussy! When taking baby pictures, you have to be on your toes, always watching for the one right moment, which is usually tucked away between many wrong moments. It’s an exercise in finding Henri Cartier Bresson’s “decisive moment.” Over the past year or two, I’ve found that photography involves taking hundreds of photos to find the ten or so that work, and the few that are truly excellent. While at the shoot in my friend’s apartment, I couldn’t help but compare taking those baby photos to shooting basketball games. At the beginning of the semester, I shot four or five women’s basketball games, and it was great and frustrating at the same time. The movement is constant, and if I set my camera down for even a moment, I miss something. At the end of the day, I have to sort through hundreds of photos that are blurry, or have faces blocked out by arms, or show everyone looking at something that isn’t in the frame. But then there are the few that make the experience worthwhile.

See the similarities?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2011 1:23 pm

    who had a baby??

    • Amy permalink
      April 15, 2011 11:33 am

      A friend that Abel knows through Music Appreciation Club, Brandon, and his wife Jamie. He’s the one who likes Jars of Clay and Derek Webb (I think I told you about that)!

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