This week’s subject for the SooC challenge was from Doug, who is a few weeks behind and understandably chose the more conceptual theme of “Too Effing Busy.” Now I guess we will see if he actually makes something for this week, or if he just is too “effing” busy. ha! I actually had my concept pretty quickly, as this shot is something I’ve had in mind for a long time. I didn’t originally intend for it to be something that I shot SooC though. I actually intended this to be a series where I would be attempting to do multiple tasks, such as doing bills on the computer, making food, whatever but literally covered in children. I have 4 kids and that, historically, isn’t a lot, but it’s still a lot of kids. I love them very much though and definitely try to have enough time for them, but sometimes kids just never get enough time. So they tend to crawl all over me to get my attention or just to be close. So this photo isn’t entirely made up. Though if they were doing this, I probably wouldn’t be attempting to do bills at the same time. And I certainly don’t want to pretend I do all the work and my wife isn’t, that’s far from the truth. She puts up with these rascals all day long including doing homeschooling for our eldest. Now that’s work!
A couple things I notice on this now, you can’t really see the plate of food I had, to show I was trying to eat while doing all this. There is a pad of stamps on the keyboard, that shouldn’t be there. The dog I chose is so dark he just looks like a shadow at the bottom of the pic. I wish my wife was more interested in being more in the photo than just her arm handing me the phone. The lighting is ok, but nothing spectacular. I had a couple speedlights, one through an umbrella and the other in a softbox. Damien, in the back, doesn’t look quite as involved as I had hoped, but you can still see him at least. And I was going to have the baby drinking a bottle, but she had just finished so wasn’t hungry. All in all I think this turned out pretty decent for all the things that had to come together. The kids were fantastic and had fun doing it. They like to get involved with me when I am doing a photo shoot if they can. More time with me that way!
ISO 400, f/3.5, Canon 5D Mii, 50mm 1.8 lens, 1/160, Two speedlights set at 1/64 (iirc)
Make sure to take a look at everyone else’s work. And if they aren’t up to date, find them on twitter and harass them! We also have a new contender to the group, check him out at the bottom.
You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.
You can see David’s work here.
You can see Loc’s work here.
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