Storytellers Blog Circle // May 2018

it’s been a while, but we’re back. The Storytellers Blog Circle is where you can visit the blogs of multiple Offset artists to learn about their storytelling approach to photography

This past Sunday my boys’ school held a bowl-a-thon fundraiser. My boys look forward to it every year because they get to bowl and have fun with their friends. 

I look forward to it each year, because I love the way the friendship and camaraderie play out! All the kids “on the same team” and are truly happy for each other when their friend scores a strike or a spare, and share the disappointment when the ball just misses the last pin.   

For the last 5 minutes of the game they turned the lights off and bowled “glow in the dark”! It was lots of fun, and I took the challenge to try and photograph a bit with the pins highlighting the scene (and the disco lights 😉)

I know it's supposed to be a story in a single image, but I'm really tied between these two. I love the 3 expressions of excitement and joy - someone must have clearly gotten a spare (I definitely don’t think it was a strike...). And even though it’s not perfect because you don’t technically see the pins from their lane, (and there’s a ton of grain) I just love the emotion.

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 For those of you who want the tech specs, these images were taken at 1/250 of a second, at f/2.8 and ISO 3200 on a Canon 5D Mark IV with the Sigma Art 35 f/1.4 lens.

For those of you who want the tech specs, these images were taken at 1/250 of a second, at f/2.8 and ISO 3200 on a Canon 5D Mark IV with the Sigma Art 35 f/1.4 lens.

And here is the first image in that series. Can you take the anticipation?!

3 boys wait with anticipation as the bowling ball goes down the lane.

To continue through the circle, see Jen's beautiful work HERE. Jen is a local Wisconsinite and is a documentary photographer in Madison.

And if you made it all the way down here, here's some extra credit. Want to see the before of those photos? (They're not too glamourous. I intentionally underexposed so I can retain the highlights, but I did underexpose a tad too much, because I forgot to adjust my settings as I changed my point of view. But it doesn't bother me.)

Unedited photo of 3 boys at a bowling alley
Before image of 3 boys at the bowling alley
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