A few weeks ago my cousin Beth suggested that I sign up for Instagram and start using it to share my Weekly Fifty pics. I had thought about it in the past a few times, but to be honest I rather like engaging with people right here on the blog instead of Instagram. One of the best parts of this continual photography project is the comments from people on each blog post, and I think this is a better platform to foster engaging back-and-forth dialogue than Instagram.
And yet, Beth’s idea intrigued me. She suggested I use it as a platform to essentially bring people to the website, and that seemed like a compelling proposition–enough that I actually did sign up for an account which you can check out here. Basically all I’m doing there is posting the same picture you see on the website each Wednesday along with a few hashtags. Nothing special, but at the same time it’s kind of fun to have another outlet on which to share some of these 50mm pics.
So what does that have to do with this picture of a couple shoes? Well, what I soon found out after setting up an Instagram account is that I’m spending more time looking at more pictures than I used to. Seriously, most of the photographs I see on a daily basis are families and kids on Facebook whereas on Instagram there’s more of an artistic bent to the images being shared along with hashtags to help categorize everything. All this has been a bit of a revelation for me and I have found myself simply looking at photos more than I used to and, consequently, getting ideas for pictures of my own.
Which brings us to these shoes you see here. This post was directly inspired by this image that showed up on my feed recently:
This image of a kid’s shoe on the first day of school got me thinking: I have kids of my own, and I should try taking a picture of their shoes. So I went over to our entryway early in the morning before my boys got up, sat my D200 on the floor, and took the picture you see at the top of this post. I hope the worn and tattered light blue fabric captures not only a bit of the spirit of childhood playtime, but a sense of calm and comfort as well. I shot this at f/3.3 to get a little less bokeh, which meant I needed a longer shutter of 0.3 seconds given my low ISO of 100.
On a side note, I like how the Instagram pic was also taken on a crop sensor Nikon D7000 with a 50mm lens, but I didn’t even realize it until I was writing this blog post. Yay for 50mm prime lenses!