With all this nice weather, we've been making sure not to waste it. As a family. After church today, we headed into the backyard and enjoyed some of the greatest (in the minds of a true-blooded Canadian) game on earth. My second son is blowing me away with his second day ever on skates. Little buddy can send the puck sailing across the ice while still remaining on his feet. Lately, for some reason, I've been looking at everything through the eyes of someone who has never seen it before. Maybe it's my precept ion that I've developed from interacting with folks in other parts of the world via the blogosphere, and maybe it's just cause I've done this my whole life. Every now and then, I'll look at something, and for some strange reason put myself in the shoes of someone completely new to the situation. Today, I did it again. As someone who has never witnessed skating and pond hockey, I imagine that it would be quite an observation. I only can imagine that those who are not familiar with such activities must think it's very difficult and dangerous. But yet, it's just a part of everyday life for us. It is something that we start young, and never forget. I'm sure those who have never ever ridden a bicycle before (gasp) feel the same way when they see folks whizzing around, in perfect balance, on an object who's wheels make a straight line while in motion. Odd to some I'm sure.
Today, as I was photographing my boys skating, I was trying to capture something that I've never seen before. I've been in a photography funk for a while and today, I threw caution to the wind, and just started messing with the camera. My trusty old 20D. Sometimes you just keep doing things the same way, and you need to really switch it up and go crazy with different settings just trying to get an image that you've never seen before.
Today I accomplished my objectives. First of all, my boys and I had a blast out on the ice for a few hours. Second, I was able to do things with my camera that I've never done before. The feel of these photos I've never yet produced. Feels good, and we had fun. Life is good.