Spring!! (almost)

Spring!! (almost)

8 week online workshop
lesson 5
2: Breaking the Rules.

It’s finally above freezing which means the 8,000 feet of snow we’ve gotten is rapidly melting. My 3 year old spotted the puddles days ago, despite the fact that we’ve been telling her it’s still too cold to splash around she was persistent. Given it’s still pretty chilly out, the fun only lasted a few minutes. I took the opportunity to play with this lesson and I think given my short time frame I did fairly well. I’ll play with some of the other rules next time haha.

I didn’t have time to adjust and play with my settings so they were at what I estimated to be right, I think I guessed pretty close!
f4.5 1/500 ISO100

The first photo is completely centered but I was playing with various crops and framing.
The second photo I intentionally centered.
The third photo leaves no room for her to move. I like it because you can still see where she’s going (the puddle) but it emphasizes that she’s just entering because you can see there’s no puddle behind her.

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. i LOVE the first photo – the pink boots against all that grey, the reflection, the water droplets. Awesome!
    I guess for you it’s not so much jumping in muddily puddles as jumping in icy puddles?

    • Thanks Siobhan! Yeah, even though they are melted it’s still SUPER cold, she was pretty upset when water got in her boots haha!

  2. If I had time, I would have boosted my ISO up a notch or two to speed up my shutter. I would have liked to see how the water and droplets turned out with different shutter speeds.

  3. The first one is my favourite. I’m a big fan of reflections and just focussing on her feet and those reflections really adds to the impact. I like the moment you’ve captured in the second one. She’s obviously having lots of fun. The third one doesn’t really work for me. I think it would have done if it was a landscape (horizontal) image as there would be more space behind her. It doesn’t quite look intentional to me. If I didn’t know you were doing this exercise I wouldn’t have got what you are trying to portray. I’m being very hard on you given that you had such a short window of time – sorry 🙂
    And brrrrrrr, still VERY cold!

    • I agree about the third one, if I’d had more time I could have played with the shots a little more. For this particular opportunity I had to walk away with the 12 photos I took haha.

  4. The first image is awesome. I love reflections – I seem to take picture after picture of reflections and 🙂 The colours in these are AMAZING as always!

  5. Such happy shots. I love the vibrant colours against the drabness of winter. Pure joy in the second one. What a happy little munchkin you have.

  6. I love how you’ve captured the water flowing off her boot and the picture perfect reflection in the water of her boots too. The bright pink in contrast with the grey of winter is gorgeous. ♥♥♥

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