7/7/10

TtV on The Road

We went on a little road trip to St. Louis, MO for the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate Sebastian's fourth birthday and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to bring along my Duaflex and experiment. I don't have a contraption made to block out the light so there are heavy reflections on some of these shots. Go with it.

I had to aim carefully and line up my camera edges with the edges of the Duaflex frame so I didn't get too many candid shots. I was able to straighten a few out in iPhoto before cropping but getting things lined up was awkward at best. I think this is another benefit to having a contraption as it can be made to square things up with your camera (I think?). Again, this is new territory for me.

Brett took the one above. Can you tell? ;) I told him to aim a little higher in the future but his grin told me it was no accident. Ha!

We stopped about halfway home so everyone could get out and stretch.

Sebastian was having such a fun time at the zoo, etc. that he didn't notice my Duaflex until the car trip home and instantly NEEDED to see it. He was trying to figure it out on his own and decided that it needed batteries.

I showed him how to hold it and where to look for pictures and he pretended to take photos for awhile but quickly decided my digital camera with it's instant results, flash option, and clicking sound was MUCH more his style. He shot this photo of me from his booster seat (pretend you don't see all of those dirty shoe marks on the back of Brett's seat).

I've got another post coming up with zoo photos and a fun little story about who we ran into while we were at the Science Center but I wanted to share my favorite photo of the trip. The hippos swimming past us as we watched through the thick glass, as gracefully as anything 1/10th their size, were slightly mesmerizing. Like mermaids.

Be back soon.
xoxo,
Rachel

19 comments:

Stacy said...

those are awesome! what a fun and interesting way to document a trip. that hippo shot is killer.

elise said...

we live on the IL side, right next to STL and love the zoo there. The hippos are our favorites! they always grace us with a few amazingly graceful acrobatics... sp much so that i forgot until recently how dangerous and strong hippos really are- they just seem so friendly;o)
glad you had a great weekend with your sweet family.

Alice said...

That hippo photo is so awesome! Looks like you had a wonderful family adventure!

Persis Shah said...

lovely shots and some great photography there!

just stumbled across your blog and i think its GORGEOUS!

please drop by mine too when you have some time. perhaps we can follow each other. =)

have a lovely day!

Persis
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

Persis Shah said...

lovely shots and some great photography there!

just stumbled across your blog and i think its GORGEOUS!

please drop by mine too when you have some time. perhaps we can follow each other. =)

have a lovely day!

Persis
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

Belle xx said...

i love the effect of these photos
what a cute post
belle xx
ellabellevintage.blogspot.com

sewshesews said...

Talk about making me homesick for my St. Louis! Man, I miss that place. How fun! And I just cannot believe Ruby and her sitting, moving around skills! Rowan could take some lessons from her :)

Emily said...

Oh, I love seeing the swimming hippos!

Kara said...

i just found your blog and i can't help but look through all of your posts over and over again -- your pictures are all so awesome! i especially love the hippo... looks like such a fun trip! xo

Hannah said...

These are really sweet. I have been wanting a TLR for a while so I can experiment with ttv.

Kyla Roma said...

This is so cute! I love the look of the photos, they're wild!

And the hippo is just wonderful. Too cute!

Big Yellow Dog said...

What a great hippo shot! We LOVE St. Louis. It's not far from us and there is so much to do, especially with little guys (and it's a super cheap trip!). The zoo is fabulous!
Margaret

Jackie said...

What a neat camera...I'll have to look into it.

charmi said...

Loved all of Ruby's shots playing in the grass and hippo shot was really cool too !!! :)

Anna said...

love the way your photos turned out!
fyi: my boyf does the same thing when he takes photos of me. silly boys.
hope your 4th was amazing!

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

love me some good ttv!
Even with the contraption you wind up having to crop a ton- I like to use picnik.com since they have an easy square cropping tool- I usually wind up having to adjust the saturation/contrast of my pictures too.

makes me want to get my dua out and go shoot! thanks for the inspiration

Roxanne said...

Oh the St Louis zoo! What a fun trip!

wishful nals said...

so fun! love the photos :)

angie may said...

so cute! these photos are lovely. <3