Then they don’t want to see me till it’s time to pick them up.
Fortunately I don’t get invited to too many parties where parents just drop off their kids.
I’m not too comfortable with that especially if it’s a pool party.
For my circle of Malaysian friends here in the US, there is no such thing as just dropping off the kids.
Parents and close friends are expected to stay.
For one thing, there is never a shortage of food at these kinds of parties.
There may be a shortage of beer, but never food.
A Prince in Disguise?–The birthday girl seems reluctant to find out as she holds a giant bullfrog. Her mum threw a great party by hiring an exotic animal handler who brought all kinds of reptiles: turtles, boa constrictors, stick insects, scorpions and a big bullfrog.
Nothing Doing–These two guests don’t want to have anything to do with the bullfrog either.
Children’s parties can be a blast depending what is planned by the hosts.
A few years back we attended one that I still remember very vividly because of the pictures, naturally.
I kept equipment to a minimum using just available light.
There were some situations which could have benefited with some fill-flash.
The only trouble with flash is it does ruin the spontaneity.
Every time the flash goes off, everyone tenses up.
In the end, it’s a compromise.
A lot of times just paying attention to the backgrounds and the tones will alleviate the extreme contrast.
I made sure to shoot so that I was facing the shade avoiding the sunlit areas for my background.
Feeding time–The animal handler teases a guest dangling him over his boa constrictors.
Not a Birthday Without Cake–It’s useful to ask where the cake cutting will be. Turn off the lights, take a light reading before hand. Then when the real moment arrives, all you have to do is get in position.
I tend to avoid using the flash in these situations, often raising the ISO. because flash usually ruins the ambience. Warm candle light illuminating the birthday girl, What more can you ask for? Since candlelight doesn’t carry very far, what isn’t lit is no longer clutter in your background. Expect slow shutter speeds.ISO 200 1/30 @ f2.8 zoom set at 50 mm.
If you know your equipment and your own hand-holding capabilities for your particular lens, you will like the available light picturesÂ better. I shot a lot of frames because I expected to have motion blur on my part as well as hers. At f2.8 depth-of-field is very shallow, that’s why you have to shoot more in these instances.
Shooting tight–With a wide angle, getting in close is the key because the extra field of view introduces a lot of clutter.
- Canon 1D ISO 200
- 80-200 zoom, and
- 17-35 zoom
Sorry I don’t recall the scientific name of the bullfrog, but it was real.
So were the scorpions and the boa constrictors.