First Mate got a new camera as a gift from his aunt two weeks ago and he is in love. A real camera. One that isn't made for kids, but for adults. He takes good care of it, uses the wrist strap and even puts it away, out of Second Mate's reach. He also insisted upon sleeping with it next to his bed the first few nights.
I've mentioned his interest in photography here and here and I'm so happy that he is having so much fun experimenting with it still. Even more, I'm enjoying downloading the photos (and videos!) and looking them over with him. He is learning about framing photos, keeping still, focusing and about when to use a flash or not.
That last photo of the bags of sugar in the grocery store cracks me up. Although I do remember him having the camera there I really don't remember him taking that many photos but he sure did. He is stealthy about it. A good trait in a photographer I think.
Then he started learning about all the different manual settings on the camera, like white balance. Some of his experiments with that are my favorites, in an artsy way:
The "other" photos that I won't be sharing publicly are the ones that really make the camera worthwhile. Papa sleeping and a whole series of my butt while I'm bending over changing Second Mate's diaper on the bed. Good grief. Not to mention that the camera shoots video and he'll casually stroll into the room recording and we have no idea that he is. Talk about candid videography! These little snippets are sure to be very precious in the coming years.
I'm thinking about a way to preserve and keep track of all of these, either seperate them all on discs for him or have the favorites printed in book or something. As it is now, they are all just mixed in with my stuff in my iPhoto library. Any ideas?