Future super hero?

Tanya and Oliver went down south for a little trip. When at a water park they took a photo.

I thought he looked like a super hero.

Tanya’s good friend Sarah took this photo.

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Peak-a-boo

Oli playing break-a-boo with mom, who took this shot.

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Exersaucer

Friends of ours gave us an exersaucer, and when they gave it to us they said it was a great way to get a few things done. As soon as we put Oliver in the exersaucer, his eye lit up with joy and curiosity. New toys and new sounds, it kept him thoroughly entertained for about 10 minutes (a hard 10 minutes to find).

Video Games

When I was a kid I used to play a lot of video games, however I gave them up years ago.

This winter I found myself getting dragged back into video games. For the past 7 years I used to come home and play around with Drupal and other web coding projects which are completely different than video games. But since Oliver has come around, I get less sleep and I have had less energy to tackle challenging technical coding problems after the dust settles. I have really enjoyed relaxing with video games in the little spare time I manage to find.

I enjoy playing games that are puzzle based and not that violent. There are two games that I played this winter that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Machinarium

Every scene in this game is enjoyable to play and wonderful to look at. The puzzles are complex and there are just enough hints to help you along without getting to frustrated. I loved the story of how ordinary robots are triumphant over the bully robots.

Swords and Sorcery

A modern game with a retro feel. This game was challenging and a lot of fun. It brought me back to 1992 when I played what I would consider to be my all time favorite game Quest For Glory 3. Although S&S isn’t a role playing game, it does have the same look and feel and it was a blast to play.

Spring-time

Spring is just around the corner and I am finding that my want to play video games is starting to ween. Now that Oliver is over 6 months, I am looking forward to spending more time outside in the wonderful summers that we get here in Victoria.

How to take a great photo of your kid

If before we had Oliver you told me that it would be hard to take a great photo of a 4 month old, I am not sure I would have believed you. How hard can it be. You create the scene, put Oliver in the shot and fire a couple of shots. Done.

But, it just isn’t that easy.

Both Tanya and I have tried countless times to capture the moment with a happy Oliver. Typically

  • You get a great photo of Oliver, but everything else in the shot is horrible
  • You get a nicely composed photo, but you missed the smile
  • You capture the moment, the scene was perfect, but that lighting was so horrible that your ISO was set at 3200 and your shutter speed was so slow that everything is blury

Steps for great shots

I have figured it out, not that it is easy or reproducible, but here are the steps to taking a great shot of your kid:

  1. Make sure the child is in a good mood, not hungry, but happy and ready to play
  2. Make sure you have good lighting
  3. Setup the photo so that the main focus is on the child in front of a non-distracting background
  4. Set your camera to continuous shot (takes a shot ever 1/2 second or so)
  5. Get the child excited about the toy
  6. Take as many shots as you can

Like I said, I have tried this a number of times, and you don’t usually end up with too many great shots. For me, the biggest problem is dealing with light. Maybe I will have to wait for summer and take more shots outside.