Nov 17, 2011


See, these boys are dangerous. 

Nikon D3s, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 122mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 1000, SB-600 through umbrella

Every time I see them they are building something or crafting a new method for launching arrows or other projectiles. They are becoming increasingly accurate and powerful. Plus, the oldest brother, E., is a thinker; you can hear the gears of his mind turning from across the neighborhood. Then he's got the next boy, B., to refine thoughts and act as sounding board and executer. K. is dangerous just because he's fearless--he can literally do anything. Watch for him break dancing--he'll be famous and you can claim to have known him when. And don't let that little guy's innocent look fool you: he'll be joining the brothers in mischief in no time--just as soon as he can sit up on his own...

They think they have mom and dad fooled, too, but S. and S. are in the know, managing the boys and directing the mayhem in a controlled manner. They know what they're doing.

Nikon D3s, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 300mm, f/9, 1/125s, ISO 640, SB-600 through umbrella
We had fun making pictures together. I see the boys finding ingenius ways to haul one another around the 'hood on a single bicycle. I'm glad that we made these pictures before they kill themselves.

Nikon D3s, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 150mm, f/9, 1/125, ISO 1000, SB-600 through umbrella.


  1. Great pics! The boys (and shelley and scott) look so good! Love your commentary!

  2. Out of curiosity, why 1000 ISO on the last picture with a flash?

  3. Angie,
    That's a good question. In this case, I needed a fast shutter speed--1/200s--in order to keep the boys from moving, but also needed the depth of field from f/9. Shot at a lower ISO, the background becomes too dark. Having limitations on the other two settings, I can brighten the picture overall using ISO, leaving the speedlight to shine on their faces. A good result is that it also extends the life of the batteries in the speedlight. And on a D3s, I'm not the last concerned with grain/noise.