Family at Christmas

Brother Bob and wife Beth came to spend a little more than 24 hours with us. They stay very busy with church activities, family events, and Bob’s involvement with three bands. We were pleased they made time to come. Grandson Nathaniel took a picture of them with us. He worked quite a while to get this photograph. The day before, he was playing with my camera and read that it could be controlled with a smartphone. He connected his phone to it. It worked then but would not connect when we stood there. He set it aside and took the picture himself.

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John and Nathaniel posed with the creek for me. This was the first time this visit that he walked with us, because he was getting over a cold.

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After the weather turned quite cold, no one was interested in being outside for any length of time. We chatted all our waking hours, which I found quite satisfying. Nathaniel worked with the phone/camera setup, using my phone this time. Eureka! It worked. All of us posed for the camera, which was on a tripod. Nathaniel could see us on the phone as he stood there with us. He made sure we were in focus, and I asked if any of our glasses were reflecting light. With a press on the phone screen, the camera snapped the picture. No more setting a timer and running to get in the shot! Nathaniel held up the phone so that we could see what the camera had captured. We agreed that the forth shot was the best of everyone.

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Did you have painful posings for your family group?  There is usually one who grumbles through the whole process.  Our group was recorded before our grumbler had time to complain.  Progress!

24 thoughts on “Family at Christmas

  1. We have no grumbler- we just have avoiders(me)- as I am usually too bothered about how I look to pose.
    Your family is lovely. I love Nathaniel’s hats- he looks like a true-bred Englishman of old.
    Your creek hasn’t frozen yet.
    Glad Nathaniel is ok.

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  2. At our reunion this summer, I announced (with as much force as I could muster) “Everyone was going in the group photo because any one of us could be dead next year!” No one complained. Sometimes you have to incur wrath to get cooperation. Best of all was that we got two great photos where everyone had their eyes open. On one though, my nephew did rabbit ears on someone (he’s 60, will he ever grow up?). I hope not.

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  3. I’ll have to tell my brother-in-law about this. He’s a great photographer but every time he sets us up for a group picture, it’s quite a mad dash to get him into place before the camera clicks. 🙂


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