[C&C] Enter the jumpy castle

Discussion in 'Photo Critique' started by KillRamsey, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    The scenario: You're enjoying a farmer's market, and then your wife and friends all run into the kids' jumpy castle (not currently being used by any kids). You want to get pictures of this, and you want them from the inside. You have: an XT-1, the 14 f2.8 lens, the 35 f1.4 lens, and the pancake 27 f2.8. Time's a-wastin'...

    Here's what I did (and I'm going to ask what you'd do differently, if something occurs to you):

    1. Dictate 1/2000th to stop motion, but not 1/4000 because it is a little darkish in there.
    2. Leave the ISO and aperture on auto.
    3. Put the 14 on - it's pretty small in there. The 35 felt too long by far.
    4. Pull back the clutch and focus manually by the distance scale on the lens barrel. Knowing the 14 is wide enough to be very forgiving, I just put it a touch in from infinity, which is like 7 or so feet anyway.
    5. Bumped the EV by 2/3 to account for those bright windows.

    And then I got in there, and spent half the time also jumping (so I'd be at their head level and get floating hair) and the other half on the ground (so I'd exaggerate the height of their jumps). Oh, and I also had fun. That's important.

    15638966081_16427848ee_c.jpg KBRX7921 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15638964301_ec7bedaca3_c.jpg KBRX7975 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX7972 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15642483582_94d2df23ea_c.jpg KBRX7960 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Is there some technical aspect I overlooked? I'm happy enough with them. Just curious. My brain first said "oh I wish I'd had a flash," but then I remembered the 1/180 sync speed.... nossir.
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  2. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    A better result than I would have had - I know mine would be out of focus blurred which could have worked for a few shots

    You can only capture with what you have at the time

    Second thoughts - not enough chaos everyone is straight - try tilt & crop
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
  4. Who says bouncy houses are just for kids.
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    I think you did very well here. The faces are very red due to the reflections off the bouncy castle, but the view through the windows looks normal so it seems the white balance was good. Whether you´d like the faces to be more normally lit (which would throw off the WB of the window views) is up to you.

    Other than that, I agree with ReD - tilted frames would add to the bouncy feeling.
  6. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Very cool. I'll keep that in mind in December when the wife has her birthday at a giant indoor bouncy castle. She took our daughter to a place that has four giant bouncy rooms, and went in with our daughter. She liked it so much, we're having her (the wife's) birthday there in 3 weeks.
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    It's happened.

    So there are 2 large rooms with high ceilings, and various LARGE inflated pieces of jungle gym equipment... jumpy castles, slides, obstacle courses, etc. We had about 15 people (and 3 or 4 kids) and spent half an hour in each room running around, getting sweaty, and goofing off. It was incredible.

    Most of the time I was shooting with the stock XT1 flash, and at either 1/60 or 1/180 depending on where I was. I'd guess that 2/3 of the total shots were with the 14. Using it meant I got a manual focus clutch with DOF indicator, and hard stops on the focus. THAT let me crank it out to infinity, and dial it back in slightly if the subject got closer than about 8 feet. Doing this meant I effectively got to ignore focus, which is no small advantage in dark room full of people running full speed. Even with the 27 pancake on for the other 1/3 of the shots, I ran manual focus, looking through the EVF (it's set to zoom in to 100% if I start turning the focus ring so I can check-set-and-half-press).

    So I ran around with them, manually focusing and shooting flash with mostly a wide lens. Some of the results:

    One of these is mine
    15841715180_4456a640d4_c.jpg KBRX1359 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Good launch height
    16028289592_ce3b517df6_c.jpg KBRX1341 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15843221097_70cc350f02_c.jpg KBRX1389 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15843222287_3086aafe4d_c.jpg KBRX1375 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  8. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    The last one in the first series is perfect!

    Cheers, Jock
  9. PJacobs

    PJacobs Veteran

    Apr 7, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I agree, both just floating and a nice moment captured. I also like nr 2 of the second series.

    You didn't use any burst mode?

    And thanks for the fun and informative story KillRamsey.
  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    No, I didn't use Burst. Indoors, I assumed I couldn't with the flash. Outdoors (first series, a month + ago) in that bouncy castle, I either didn't think to use burst, or I decided I didn't need to. I honestly don't remember which.