Maggie’s Birth Day
We went to a friend’s restaurant knowing we’d have great food and a good time, and it was even better and funnier than we expected. Celebrations are great moments for making pictures for all the usual reasons; the special moment, the memories, the friends who one day won’t be around but are captured in their liveliest expressions and stay that way for us. Here are four women from 16 to 66 who span the generations yet look so comfortable and beautiful together
Often the camera does things that can only show up as visible in a photograph; that’s the magic of the medium. Maggie ‘s cake came out with a sparkler blazing away, and when I made the shot the sparkler had a fraction of a moment of less sparkle before exploding again, and in that space the shutter – at 1/ 30th of a second – was open long enough to make 2 recordings of everything.
Then someone put on a Berlusconi mask and just as in his real life the women flocked to him. And here again an accidental ‘catch’ occurred, someone else’s flash went off just as I opened my shutter and it produced this ‘bronzy,’ garish color and hard light.
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A very many congratulations to Maggie – happy birthday! A shared day with my mother-in-law – we celebrated with some Monopoly madness – goo.gl/dALrzl (photo) (I’m sorry if this has posted several times – I’ve had a moment with the computer!)
Mark, Thanks, please pass along Maggie’s best wishes to her.
Fun shots that are also really, really good! That garish effect from the other person’s flash going off is perfect for anything to do with Berlusconi. I don’t know if you keep up with the digital edition of the NY Times, but one hilarious bit in their coverage of Donald Trump was an Italian woman who lives in Trump Tower commenting that she wishes she could vote for him because he would be the American Berlusconi.
Fun should not be discounted from ‘serious’ photography. All moments are worthy of a second or at least a hard look at what is making them happen.