Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teen Scene

What a blast I've had spending time with these young people, trying to catch their personality and make them come to life.

Teens can be a tough bunch. They don't laugh at the things I sometimes think they're going to laugh at. I crack jokes, and say silly things. And get odd looks.

Instead they laugh at goofy things, like me tripping over a divet in the grass. That usually brings out a few guffaws. Sometimes telling them to do something that pushes them out of their comfort zone will elicit a smile, or two. 

Like sniffing a flower. That made her smile.

I like soft blurry shots. 

Don't know why. I just do.


J has been getting ready for turkey hunting season. He's been practicing with the Man's turkey calls for the past few weeks.

It's making me batty.

Squonk, squonk, squonk. All I hear in the early morning is J out on the back porch, trying to call in the turkeys that cross our backyard every morning at 7 a.m.

They stop and tilt their heads when they hear him. I'm not sure what he's actually saying to them. But it certainly doesn't make them come any closer.

So a few mornings ago I'm lying in bed, asleep. Not even close to getting up. It's 6:something, for Pete's sake. And I hear, squonk, squonk, squonk.

It gets closer. Squonk, squonk, squonk.

J! Stop it! I'm sleeping! I believe I yelled.

No answer. Squonk, squonk, squonk. Getting closer to me. Definitely not in the backyard. I think he's out in the front, by my window.

Knock it off! I'm tired! I might have yelled a little louder.

No answer. Squonk, squonk, squonk. I open my shade to yell some more.

And there they are. Eleven turkeys RIGHT.UNDER.MY.WINDOW.

I've been yelling at real turkeys. I have gone batty.
I don't even want to tell you how many times I asked him to jump to get just the right shadow for this photo.

He came up with a good one, don't you think?
One of my favorites. I have to know what she's thinking.

And she's not telling.


So there's a few shots from the past few weeks. I have a few more to share but that's for another day.

I'll leave you with a quote I've been contemplating lately:

"The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it." ~ Frank M. Garafola


  1. these are so beautiful! i kept saying "oh this is my favorite" over and over again! How did you marry the shadow and the standing still pose??

  2. Yes, I want to know how you did that! Really cool.

  3. I took two photos of Zach - one with him standing still and one jumping. I opened both up in Photoshop and cleaned up the shadow he cast in the standing still one. Then I outlined the jumping shadow, copied it and pasted it into the standing still photo.

    Or, you can google "superimposing images in photoshop" and find a tutorial. There are tons of them out there.