Music For Greta
The Story Behind the Photo
This is Week Two of the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge, and its theme is ‘Music’.
Kate and Greta
So I asked my friend Kate, an accomplished pianist, if she would play for her dog, Greta, while I took pictures. (Plus, it was a sneaky way to get to hear her play!)
Greta happens to be deaf, always keeping a close, adoring eye on Kate.
I was curious to see how she reacts to Kate’s playing.
I also wanted to experiment with the aperture settings on my camera. I envisioned a picture of Greta in focus with the piano keyboard blurred in the foreground.
(It turns out that Greta usually sits under the piano when Kate plays. It was a treat for her to get to sit close and watch right up front.)
A Lesson in Equipment
My study in aperture idea for the ‘Music’ photo did not develop as planned.
My camera (an Olympus E-510) works great. But for the shot I wanted, with the lighting that was available and with my subjects in motion, the Olympus was not fast enough.
This was the best shot I could get with my camera:
When I used Kate’s camera, a Fuji X-M1, it was so much faster than mine! It was the Fuji that captured the picture at the start (and end) of this post.
Can I make my camera snap faster? Perhaps a better memory card? Is there a setting I have yet to discover that would have worked? Or do I need a camera upgrade so I can take the shots I envision?
I don’t want to miss out on capturing sweet moments like this!
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