Thursday, December 6, 2007

Young At Heart

When I was little my grandmother had a friend who would be around a lot. We would go to their house for a visit frequently. And her husband Pavle was there most of the times. He was always a man I was affraid of because of his looks. But that was 15 years ago. And once I grew up and my grandmother stopped babysitting me I lost contacts with those people. I mean I've been seeing them around but that only happens a couple of times per year.

But yesterday was a Saint Nicholas day who is a festive gift-giver. He's sort of like an European version of Santa Claus but not as commercialised. And what happens on the night of December 5th? Saint Nicholas goes from door to door and brings gifts for children. And I decided to go with him this year and take a few pictures. So we went from one house to another and finally we got to this house where my grandmother used to take me for a visit. And as I went inside I saw this man I used to be affraid of and took a picture.

He's a nice old man and was a bit affraid of all those devil figures that are walking around with Saint Nicholas. And I was only there for a few minutes. But him and his wife were actually very happy to see me. Too bad there was almost no time for a chat. We had to keep moving so that Saint Nicholas could visit as many children as possible in one night.

About the shot:

- Camera: Canon EOS 400D
- Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Focal length: 55mm
- ISO: 400
- Flash: Flash Fired (Canon Speedlite 550EX)
- Post-processing software: Adobe Photoshop CS2
- Date taken: 05.12.2007

In order to take this picture I pointed the Flash unit towards the ceiling and bounced it. My camera was in Aperture priority mode so I chose an apperture of f/5.6 and pressed the button. But it all happened so quickly. There is no planning involved in this picture. The reason I shot it with ISO 400 is because it was fairly dark in that room and I needed to compensate that so my moving subject wouldn't be blurry. A lot of post-processing was done on this picture.


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