For as many digital photos as I take (there are 11,188 files in our server’s “digital photos” folder right now), snapping one that I feel is really good – espcially when it captures an unstaged, unrepeatable instance in a fleeting moment – is truly rare. Maybe I set too high a standard for my own photography, or maybe it’s the evevitable result of having one of “the masters” as your dad, but I tend to aim a pretty critical eye at my through-the-lens “work”.
That said, I think that this is one of those few-and-far-between damn good shots:
Springtime Smile [click to enlarge]
I shot this while out on a photo-walk with Dad, during our family’s recent trip to the Outer Banks. As we walked back to our rental car, I noticed movement in the tree out of the corner of my eye, and turned just in time to see the girl pull her heels up the trunk. As she smiled up at (presumably) her boyfriend, it felt like minutes elapsed as I dragged my 20D from its perch around my neck. As luck (sheer, unadulterated, dumb luck) would have it, the metering mode and exposure settings from my sunset shots (from moments earlier) were undisturbed. Though I snapped 5 or 6 shots, the only one that made the grade was the one you see here.