Each year I try to take a few family photos, just so we can look back at the memories we have as a family.
We recently stopped in our favourite little holiday destination just an hour and a half away from where we live, the village of Tarset houses an amazing little glamping site set in the heart of the countryside.
Wild Northumbrian is something you may have heard me talk about before on the blog, its something of a regular weekend break for us Adventure browns. We try and visit a couple of times per year as it is our goal to stop in each of the yurts on site to test them all out, were half way there!
Just over the weekend we managed to stay in the new treehouse yurt, set up amongst the trees just over the river is the most beautiful yurt we have stayed in, it was so magical, I knew I needed to get a family photo but I wanted something different, something that stood out a bit more than the usual family photo we get.
I waited until it was dark
Our plan for the second night was to cook on the open fire and enjoy the darkened sky above us, I lit the fire – it was only small but giving off enough light to highlight the area around us. I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted. So out came my trusty Sony A6000 and my Samyang 12mm.
I must admit this shot was something totally new to me, I had the shot mapped out in my head but I was unsure of how to execute it, so the first few images was trial and error. There is a better way to take this shot but ill explain the very simple way I took it.
I set up underneath the treehouse just so there was no distractions or the small amount of light that was pocking through the door, the first shot I took was only of my partner and 2 kids – the dog was running wild somewhere, exploring as he does.
After 4-5 shots I realised I wanted a family photo but I wasn’t even in them, so using the same setting but putting my camera on a 10 second delay I managed to run over and sit down, whilst telling everyone to keep still and dont move, Eli had that many layers on he couldn’t move anyway and Zach done very well keeping as still as he could.
Its hard to follow settings as all light conditions and surrounding are different but if you want to use these as a guide for you next shot then thats totally fine.
For this particular shot I had an exposure of 2 seconds and as I was pretty close to the light I set my ISO to 400 at F5.6. I needed to keep the exposure as low as possible as were all trying to keep as still as we could so any longer then you risk movement, Even though this shot isn’t the sharpest due to slight movement its still an image that I will keep and remember for as long as I can.
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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.