Can you believe I took this picture?
Because I can’t.
I mean….it only took me about 37 blurry pictures and a lucky guess at the right ISO and aperture and shutter speed on a winding country lane in the middle of picking blackberries….
…..to get this photograph.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let me start where all really good stories start…..at the beginning.
It all started here.
Well….technically….it all started at the photography session at the Haven conference taught by these guys.
And a little thing called “bokeh.”
Have you ever heard of bokeh (pronounced boca) before? Look at magazines or blogs with beautiful photographs and you will notice the fuzzy, blurry stuff in the background highlighting a sharply focused pillow or butterfly or flower or shoe buckle. And all that wonderful blurry background somehow makes the pillow or butterfly or flower or shoe buckle look even more amazing.
That blurry stuff….it has a name.
But I wasn’t really thinking about “bokeh” in the middle of blackberry picking. I was stomping around and making a lot of noise in case there were any snakes and supervising to make sure a few berries made it into the bucket and picking stickers out of my hand and wondering why…..whenever they picked blackberries in the movies it always seemed to be so much more romantic and that I really did not remember seeing any snakes or bugs or stickers in all the blackberry picking I have ever seen on the big screen.
And I was taking pictures.
Of course I was taking pictures.
I have a blog.
And if you write a blog….what sounds like a better blog post than blackberry picking on a country lane.
And the pictures were fine.
Normally….I’m okay with fine. But this is blackberry picking on a country lane. This is more than fine. I mean….they make movies about stuff like this.
Staring at my “fine” pictures, I thought of the photography class and the tips and ISO and aperture and shutter speed.
And the manual setting.
Do people really even take pictures in the manual setting? Ummm….not people who live in Kentucky who really like taking pictures of blackberry picking with a new camera that still makes them a little nervous. Not people who just learned that when you hold down the button on the camera half-way it focuses the picture and that the little running man icon on the camera dial takes multiple shots.
Not those people.
Those are definitely NOT the kind of people who shoot in manual.
And then I remembered the class.
And how they made it seem so easy and how they made me think that maybe, somehow, some way….I could do it.
And I took a deep breath.
And tried it.
Now the best ending to this story would be if I set my aperture and ISO and shutter speed and the picture turned out perfectly.
But this isn’t the movies.
This is real life in a blackberry patch.
And some people take a little time.
Some people have to shoot 37 pictures to get it right.
But that is so not even the point. The point of this blackberry picking ISO aperture story is that one beautiful wonderful incredible picture happened. A picture for the ages. A picture that will freeze that summer afternoon of blackberry-picking-finger-pricking-manual-photography… in my mind….forever.
A summer day when a blackberry picker turned manual photographer finished the day off with homemade vanilla ice cream and fresh-picked blackberries…..
…..and a little “bokeh” on top.
PS Josh and Kevin….seriously….you are both rock stars
PPS And the winner of the Red Letter Canvas Giveaway is # 75 ….picked by random generator…..drum roll….Jill Florey. Congratulations Jill! E-mail me for the details on your prize!