It was off to Sacramento this past weekend for Easter with the Fam. My Aunt and Uncle live up there along with my cousin and her family. The day's activities followed a standard Easter routine but that isn't a bad thing. Days like these with food, wine, and family have become increasingly special with the addition of the kiddies. Watching my niece and nephew play with their cousins, just the same way we used to, is nourishing to my soul. My Uncle Frank's skills on the grill and his excellent Cabernets nourish in the more traditional sense. It was a great day.
I brought my rig and did some sporadic shooting throughout the day. I've been really inspired to start shooting on manual after watching some B&H talks on YouTube. I've been using aperture and shutter priority for a while and struggling to get the exposures where I want them. Switching to manual and using the histogram to expose for the brightest relevant detail has been a total revelation. Paying more attention to the direction of light has been another huge leap for me. I know these are rudimentary photography concepts but, with so much to learn, I'm only now grokking their importance. The benefits are obvious. I think some of these portraits are my best ever.