Summer Joy

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. -- Henry James As Mark blogged last time, it's summer!  Everybody loves the summer and the memories of summers past.  Think of your own summers and the fun times you had.  People are always out doing fun things that get ignored during the cooler weather.  This is your chance to capture some fun images and memories.  Grab a camera, and get out there!

kayaking on the Nantahala River, North Carolina

Don't be dissuaded by the harsh, mid-day light.  You can work around the light if you choose scenes where your viewer would expect the strong light.  Find a place where people are having fun.  Maybe kids playing in a fountain on a hot day....

Girls playing in a fountain

boy drenched in the fountain

We all know where to find these places.  Even if you don't participate in the specific activities, you can get photographs you'll be happy with.  Pay attention to what is happening and try to capture the peak of the action.  Since there is plenty of light, you can set your shutter speed at settings that are fast enough to freeze the action.  If you want to capture some motion, the bright light will give you plenty of options.

wheelie on a quad runner

In my Fourth of July images, I wanted to capture the joy the girls had with the giant sparkler.  The light from the twilight and the sparkler put a beautiful glow on their faces.  Then as the fire burned out, they turned and gave me that look that said, "I can't believe we got to do this."  Mission accomplished.

girls playing with a giant sparkler  fireworks

grinning girls with fireworks

Keep your camera with you when you take off to your excursions this summer.  You can't capture the fun if you leave your camera in the closet.