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Silas Was Bored – Took Him Out For a Photography Lesson

Silas, my 9-year old, was really bored. He had been cooped up all day reading and doing his home-study work and was done with it. He could not stay still or quiet, so I decided to take him out for a photography lesson. He has really started to take a liking to photos, so I decided to teach him a few things on perspective and depth of field. Silas had the Sony Alpha-100 with a Sigma 28-200mm f1:3.5-5.6 micro lens while I was shooting with my Cannon 60D with an EF 24-70mm f1:2.8 zoom lens. Here are some of the pictures we took while on our walk.

I took this while in the elevator heading out for our walk.

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Silas took this one.

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From my perspective.

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From Silas’ Perspective.

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From my perspective.

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From Silas’ perspective.

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Silas’s camera does not have the focusing options that my camera has, so I have been teaching him to focus where he wants to by pressing the shutter button half way down and then moving the camera to the perspective that he wants and then pressing the shutter button all the way down. He has been learning really well and fast. What do you think?

I got down on my knees to take this shot.

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Silas stood to get this shot. His macro lens did really well here.

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This is my shot of Mater.

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This is what Silas saw.

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I don’t take a lot of pictures with a wide perspective of the scene. I tell my kids to pick something of interest in the whole scene that is in front of you and take a picture of that. I did not know what he took pictures of until we got back, and I totally enjoyed the fact that he took a shot of just the eyes and I did not. The student may yet get better than his master.

Here is a shot I took along the way that Silas did not.

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Here are some shots that Silas took that I did not along the way.

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From my perspective.

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From his perrspective.

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We were trying to get a picture that took advantage of the mirror in the grout. Here is my perspective.

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I had to hold him up so he wasn’t quite so steady, but here is what he got.

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This is Silas taking his perspective of the squatter.

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This is Silas when he was trying to take his picture using the mirror. He had zommed in on it well but the camera wouldn’t focus on anything; that is why I had to pick him up. He really wanted that shot.

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This is Silas’ shot of the door.

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I got down really low for this shot.

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This is Silas’ perspective. I really like his focus on the white shoe strings.

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From my perspective.

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From Silas’s perspective.

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From my perspective.

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Taking a picture of Silas taking his perspective of the next glass tile lower than the one I took a picture of.

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From Silas’ perspective.

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Silas saw this wall and thought of a wall in one of the Harry Potter shows, so we took some pictures of the indentation in one of the bricks that looked like a special portal to another part of the wizard world.

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From my perspective.

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From Silas’ perspective.

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From my perspective.

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Silas taking his perspective.

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From Silas’ perspective.

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Silas has a fascination with motorcycles.

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Here is the photo he was taking.

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Silas took this great photo of a lock with excellent depth of field.

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End of lesson, and Silas wanted to take one last picture.

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Silas did such a great job; I can’t wait till the next lesson. He’s learning so fast that I am going to have to learn more so that I will always know more than he will!

Click here to see what Silas had to say about each of his pictures on his blog, Goose and Gadgets.

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