Despite our sitting in traffic for most of our trip to Warrenton, we found one of the only things I was really looking for at a roadside tent–a wagon for Tice. (I wrote about Antique Week here and published it last night, but for some reason it’s showing up as an older post. If you missed it and want to see it, click here.)
I had thought about getting him a new one with taller sides and a seat, but I’m a sucker for nostalgia, so I was hoping to find an old one that was still in good shape. When we spotted this vintage burnt orange Greyhound with the white wheels, we knew it would be perfect.
It hardly has any rust, and the tall skinny wheels make it easy to pull it in the grass.
Little man loves it. If I don’t put him in it as soon as we go outside, he’ll crawl to it and stand up next to it to wait for his ride.
The thrill really starts when Daddy gets home. He’ll pull that wagon around the yard a lot faster than Mommy, and Tice loves it.
Photography Tips and Technical notes:
The last two shots have a lot of haze and lens flare. In formal photography training, they teach how to avoid these with lens hoods or repositioning to avoid sunlight directly hitting the lens. But all rules are eventually meant to be broken, and it is currently very popular to use haze and/or lens flare to add mood to an image. Sometimes I love the effect; sometimes it’s just too much. I love these pictures, but I knew there was only about a 50/50 chance they would turn out when I was shooting them. I was just following the boys around the yard, and when they got to the sun, it was just a perfect brief moment. I knew there was too much sun pouring in (I wasn’t using a lens hood), and I tried to use my hand as a shield, but it wasn’t helping much. I kept clicking away and just hoped I would get a few that captured what I saw. Luckily, I did. But there were also a couple that were just too blown out to work.
If you like the look and want to try it, it’s easiest to shoot in the morning or the evening so that you have sunlight coming directly into your lens. If you’re shooting a subject that you can pose or position, you’ll be able to check your results and adjust as needed. If you’re shooting a candid moment like the one above, it’s a gamble, so keep your finger on the trigger and get as many shots as possible.