| 08.23.2004 | playing in the sprinkler

I'm normally really annoyed when our association water sprinklers go off in the middle of the day and stay on for hours. It's fun when things malfunction and waste precious resources, don't you think? In this case, though, it happened in the late afternoon on a weekend when we happened to be outside playing, anyway. What better way to introduce Emma to the fine art of playing in the sprinkler.

My brother and I would do this all the time growing up back in Georgia. One of my father's most cherrished pictures comes from just after a session in the sprinler. In the picture we are both down to our underwear, covered in mud and eating "hunkies" on some railroad ties in front of our house on Crowe Drive. Ahh... childhood.

Anyway, the sprinklers were on and Emma was off in a flash to play in them. Marla was watching her orginally and I was in the house. Marla, being the contientious mother that she, is was careful to have Emma only play around the edges, putting only her hands in. She ran inside for something and left me outside with Emma. You can see the results of my parenting skills.

I also slapped up a gallery of shots from early in July. First up is Emma Grace just being her normal, sweet self. This is followed by her being a HAM for the camera and wearing underwear on her head. As you can see, she quite enjoys the response it brings!

Lastly, Miss Emma took a walk with Daddy in O'Neill Regional Park one afternoon and decided it would be best if she went shoeless. While the pavement was nice and toasty warm it left her feet as nasty as could be!

@ 12:20 PM by TNorthcutt | Comments (3)


On August 24, 2004 1:45 PM Jamie said:

Those are some pretty cool shots. Did you do something special on the exposure for the sprinkler ones? The water drops are all streaked (to cool effect) like you used a longer exposure or something.

On August 25, 2004 2:01 PM Tungsten said:

Nope, nothing special. Shutter speeds on the last two are both 1/180 @ f/8. I used some fill flash to keep everyone's face from getting too dark and that might have caused the foreground drops/streaks to be a little brighter than normal, but the streaking is just the nature of water.

You have to get some pretty high shutter speeds to stop water. Compare this shot @ 1/4000 with this one @ 1/60. The water is pretty blurry @ 1/60, which is they typical speed your camera will use with a flash.

I think you need to get up above 1/1000 to really start freezing individual drops. Now I'm going to have to sabatoge the sprinkler system so I can find out :)

On August 25, 2004 2:15 PM Marla said:

Dude...you are such a nerd! Love you!

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