Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Eli's Facial Expressions

Eli at bathtime...with a mohawk:

Drying off after the bath:

MESSY mealtime... tonight I was washing all of his bibs so I didn't have any to use at dinner (but looking back, I should have completely stripped off his clothes -this onesie is FILTHY! Eli's latest food love - plums. He enjoys holding the plum with both hands and chewing/sucking on it until he gets some juicy bites.

It is the funniest thing to watch, but he gets so messy by the end (the juice drips down his arms and all over his face). He also loved pasta with spaghetti sauce tonight, so that is what added the red to his previously white onesie...


The Yost Family said...

Three words for you: Clorox Bleach Pen - it works wonders on whites. Love all your pictures- what a cute face!

beckie said...

Eli, you are the cutest messy baby ever!!

Laura said...

My personal favorite for icky onesies . . . Biz Laundry Detergent. Just soak it in a bit of that and it's good as new!

Also, it took me until my third to find the PERFECT bib. It's the Baby Bjorn plastic bib. It's super easy to just wash off right after mealtime or throw in the dishwasher with the dishes. It's the only one I ever use!

Ben, Sarah & Eli said...

I LOVE the tips!! I will try the bleach pen (I think we have one somewhere around here) and the Biz laundry detergent, along with searching for the Baby Bjorn bib. Thank you!

Kerstin said...

Do you use a special lens for your pics? All your inside pics always have such great lighting? Any tips?

Ben, Sarah & Eli said...

I credit the good indoor lighting entirely to bouncing the light with the external flash that I attach to the top of my Nikon D40. If your camera has a spot to attach an external flash, it makes a huge difference because rather than doing the flash straight on (like all built-in flashes do on cameras), you can turn the light up to do indirect flash, which gives the picture a more natural look. It also gets rid of the ugly shadows caused by direct flash.

I will also say that I get really good results with the 50 mm fixed lens (which is different from the kit lens that came with my camera). It definitely captures the light more nicely than with a regular lens.

The only downside is that this lens is manual focus only, which takes some getting used to (it's sometimes hard to tell if the picture is exactly in focus until you look at it later on the computer).

One other thing - I've also noticed that the lighting and skin tone is captured nicer in rooms that have color (notice the difference in tone between the bath pictures, where Eli is surrounded by white tile and a white tub, and the pictures from the changing table or living room where the walls are painted blue).

Sorry for the long response :) My other comment on this topic is that if you're using a compact digital camera (which most people have), I think indoor lighting is really tricky, and works best in a place with a lot of natural light streaming in. You can set the white balance on most dig. cameras, and that helps too.

Kerstin said...

Thanks Sarah- that really is helpful. One of these days I will get myself a really nice digital camera. I've been wanting one forever. Your pictures are beautiful.