I’m pulling my hair out already – and it’s not even noon!
I love spending time with my kids. I like when they have snow days – and unexpected extra time with me.
Today’s a little problematic.
The apartment is being renovated this week. It looks really nice – but it’s been difficult existing within a work zone the last few days. More to the point, it’s been difficult managing two little kids and a dog in a work zone the last few days!
It’s almost finished now. A cleaning crew is set to come in today and get rid of all the plaster and wood chips and other leftover worker grime – so today isn’t actually as tough of a day to have the kids home as Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday would have been. But still – it’s grimy! And the kids are CRAZY!!!!!!!!! (And with that, challenging to manage in this space.)
I can’t say I really blame them. There’s something about wide open space that does that to a kid, I think. And not just a kid! I feel it a little bit myself – that urge to skate on your socks across the open floor, to hear your voice bounce and echo off the bare walls, the desire to run and slip and slide and just throw your body around. (Okay, maybe I don’t so much feel that last one….but I’m all over the sock-skating!)
There IS a bright side to the chaos of this morning, however: The constant, incessant motion got me wondering if I could adequately capture something of what it feels like around here today photographically – and then I started experimenting.
Usually I tend to set my shutter speed rather high when photographing my kids – because, though this morning is something of a new level for them, at 8 and 6, they’re usually in pretty much constant motion.
So, I started out snapping pictures at the higher settings – and it just wasn’t right. So then I started messing around.
That blurring effect that comes when you set the shutter speed low pleased me. It caught the vibe much better!:
So the moral here is that everything is a photography learning experience. (And if it’s not, it’s because I’m just not thinking creatively enough!)
Knowing that is definitely the silver lining to crazy days like today!