A few weeks ago my parents came into town and around the same time I was tasked with coming up with a theme for my next Tamron assignment. My daughter has shown an interest in photography so I decided a photo walk would be a great opportunity for us to bond as mom and daughter. I then decided to take it one step further or one generation back and include the man who is probably responsible for igniting our high interest in photography. My father has been a photo enthusiast for years with a background in portraiture in the early days and now he focuses on landscapes and nature photography.
My goal of the trip was to take a tour of DC starting around the DC mall and capturing whatever draws our eye. I was extremely interested to see how each of us would capture the day, would we gather together and focus on the same subjects or would we venture out and capture whatever compels us to push down the shutter button. Keeping in mind that a 9-year old can’t venture off to far.
So on a Saturday morning we packed up our gear jumped on the metro and headed into the city. We were a walking Canon and Tamron commercial that day. Our arsenal included the Canon 50D, Canon 7D, and Canon 6D and the Tamron 24-70 VC, Tamron 90mm VC and Tamron 16-300mm. To give my daughter the most range during the walk she kept the Tamron 16-300mm lens on her Canon 50D. My dad and I interchanged the 90mm and 24-70mm.
After we were off the metro we immediately gathered to the same subjects, but it didn’t take long for people to start searching for their subjects individually. I had the 90mm macro on my camera the majority of the tour since I don’t pull the lens out often enough. I’m sure we took over 1000 pictures combined during our 3-hour walk but I compiled a few of my favorites.
What I learned from the experience?
It was interesting to see everyone’s perspective of the same flower, landscape or architectural piece, even though it was same subject we all captured something different.
When my daughter wasn’t chasing down squirrels or birds she captured some very interesting pictures of trash. I discovered she has a natural eye for composition. When I asked her why she took so many pictures of trash she said, “Well I just didn’t get why people are littering so much, just pick up your trash.” Coming soon a new tumblr site dedicated to the Art of Trash.
It was a great experience and plan on venture out with my daughter again so stay tuned for more images by Miss M.
Have you taken a photo walk around your city, if not I strongly encourage it, take your kids a long walk and explore the city with cameras in hand.
For more pictures check out article in the August edition of the Tamron Newsletter.