May 2018 Storytellers Blog Circle / by Andrea Moffatt

storytellers blog circle logo

This post is one of several in a monthly educational blog circle made up of storytelling photographers and Offset artists. After you read how I shot my storytelling image for the month, click to the next artist at the bottom of my post and follow the circle the whole way around. Enjoy!

My kids (and their friends) are growing and streeeetching out, and along with that comes daily exploration and constant testing of their bodies' capabilities. In this case... how high they can climb! Pictured on the higher level are the neighbors. My little guy is below, but you know he's watching closely and biding his time! 

 ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/1250sec

ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/1250sec

I wanted to make a storytelling image of the kids climbing this tree because it's something they do all the time. The only problem is that behind the tree are houses and cars and they make for a lot of visual noise that compete with the limbs of the tree (not to mention limbs of the children). For that reason I got low and shot upwards in order to get a cleaner canvas behind the tree.

After that, it was a matter of waiting until the little climbers moved into a position where I could see all three of them. When the child on the top right took a step onto the other branch, I knew I had my shot. I only had to reposition myself just a little in order to compose the shot this way.

I processed the image in black and white since the colors weren't doing much for me on that gray day. Plus, when I have a picture with lines everywhere, I seek to simplify it in whatever way I can. Here's the color version:

pittsburgh-family-photographer-415.jpg

I hope the tree can hold them a little longer, because shooting it is as much an adventure for me as it is for them! 

Now swing on over to Taiwan and read about Rebecca Hunnicutt Farren's storytelling image!