Good photo by "accident"

My son is 13 years old. Yes, that special age. And he can be very persistent.

Last weekend he couldn't stop telling me that he wants to shoot with my camera.

"You have your own camera" - "But your one is better" - "Your P&S camera is good, too" -

"But your big fat DSLR is much better" ...

It's very difficult to argue with your son in that age, especially when he is right. So I let him shoot our tortoise during feeding time with my DSLR camera being prepared to delete the photos afterwards.

I know that tortoise since my own childhood and I experienced how painful the bite of that reptile can be. Taking care of my fingers and telling my son what he should do was some kind of parallel thinking which is difficult for most fathers - inclusive me.

So I told him: "Focus on the eyes, when the tortoise snatches, press the trigger".

My son: "But what when something goes wrong?".

Me: "It doesn't matter, we can easily delete the bad photos. Please take care of the shutter

time, is it still 1/200?" (the camera was in A mode and the sun was going down")

My son: "Yes, yes it's still 1/200"

What I didn't know that he mixed up the ISO 200 value with the shutter timer (1/60s) in the mirror reflex finder.

Here is the result:

© Jdanne

I know "in-motion unsharpness" only from photo books. He made it!!!!

Photo credits: Jdanne.

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Cool! A photographer in the making. :)


Yes this is a nice story, but strictly speaking you should not have uploaded the picture under your name. Maybe it's time to open an account for your son. But I don't think any harm was done.


Cool! After your story looking at the picture I feel a little scared for your fingers: that's good, it means the shoot gives the right idea ;)


Very nice story! Your son seems to have a big career waiting for him!


Looks like he may give you some serious competition.


It is a good story.


cool and amuse story and a goot shoot from your son...I am sure that he wants a new DLSR for his own in the next time;-)


lovely shot.


wow, well done, maybe you should lend your son your camera more often :)


It´s a great photo! Good luck in sales! :)


Very true.
We always go by the book and rarely "dare" to experiment.


Very interesting!
I am very glad to see you guys excited about how your kids are able to surprise you. Looks like they have something we, the matured ones, have lost. This is an observation I made a while ago: that in order to become a better photographer, one has to become a "better child".
The idea intrigued me so much that I posted it on my blog site.
I should get myself a child and let him take the shots or I must become a better child myself!


Has the inspiration story very much. I thought that so long as the child likes, should provide as far as possible many opportunities to give him.


Great story and photo. Love tortoises and turtles. Here is my reptile. Also bites like crazy.


Good for you and your son, the same happens to me with my 8 year old son, he always wants to use my camera, and I'm very happy because he does very well too.

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