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Big Boy Ryan Kenneth Rockwell
Late December 2012
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Born 8:16:30 PM, 15 December 2006, La Jolla, California.
8 pounds, 12.2 ounces (3,975g). 20" (51 cm).
The technical gobbledygook after each shot is the equipment I used for each photo. Many photographer friends ask.
31 December 2012, Monday
30 December 2012, Sunday
I got Ryan a Tedco Gyro while we were in Palm Desert, just as my dad got me as a kid.
VIDEO: Ryan and Katie become elves at the after-Christmas sales! (iPhone 5 emailed video.)
VIDEO: Ryan shoots Katie helping Dada with his excercises! (iPhone 5 emailed video.)
No one was home; oh well.
29 December 2012, Saturday
24 December 2012, Christmas Eve
Ryan is not particularly amused by the clutter in Dada's laboratory. (Canon EOS-M, Canon EF-M 18-55mm IS STM at 18mm, Auto ISO 5,000, f/8 at 1/40, Athentech Perfectly Clear plug-in in Photoshop CS6.) original file.
23 December 2012, Sunday
22 December 2012, Saturday
18 December 2012, Tuesday
Ryan's 6-year-old checkup. (Fuji X100, built-in flash, f/2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 400.)
17 December 2012, Monday
Family by the Christmas Tree. (Snapped by Ryan with the remote infra-red camera of his Brookstone Robot Rover. Note Ryan at the iPad controls!)
Ryan as snapped by Dad with the remote infra-red camera of the Brookstone Robot Rover.
Katie, Dada and Ryan, as snapped by Ryan with the remote infra-red camera of his Brookstone Robot Rover. Note Ryan at the iPad controls!
15 December 2012, Ryan's Sixth Birthday
Ryan loves the Rubick's Rock and Roll Maze Grandma Rockwell gave him. He straps it in to ride in the Mee to Legoland. (Fuji X100, built-in flash, f/2 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 2,500, Athentech Perfectly Clear plug-in in Photoshop CS6.)
Ryan drives the big-boy car ride for the very first time. You have to be six years old to ride it. (Fuji X100, built-in flash, f/4.5 at 1/250 at Auto ISO 800, Athentech Perfectly Clear plug-in in Photoshop CS6.)
Ryan on the oval plane ride. Ryan on the oval plane ride. (Fuji X100, built-in flash, f/2 at 1/58 at Auto ISO 3,200.)
Ryan at the 4D movie. (Fuji X100, f/2 at 1/30 at Auto ISO 3,200, no flash.)
Ryan's birthday cake.(Fuji X100, f/2 at 1/125 at auto ISO 1,600, no flash.)
Ryan's birthday cake. (Fuji X100, f/2 at 1/105 at auto ISO 3,200, no flash cropped from horizontal.)
14 December 2012, Friday
VIDEO: Ryan Reading!
VIDEO: More Ryan Reading!
(all: iPhone 5, email size video)
Ryan driving the Volvo fast — in the rain. This is the last time Ryan gets to drive this ride; at age 6 (tomorrow), he gets to drive the big kids ride. (iPhone 5 at ISO 160, 1/20 at f/2.4, Athentech Perfectly Clear plug-in.)
Ryan ready to leave Miss Kim's art class with his treasures. (Canon 6D, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L, Auto ISO 200, f/1.6 at 1/125, 6 sharpening, -2 contrast, auto white balance, Perfectly Clear automatic correction.)
This evening, Ryan spontaneously picked up my dial scale and decided to measure and log the weights or two of his toys. He also was curious to see what each weighed alone, as well as together. He got out the scale and asked for a sheet of paper all by himself; this was all his idea.
Since my scale reads in pounds and fractions (not ounces), I then taught him about fractions. Fractions are important; thank goodness I have a dial scale (one with a needle and dial instead of just digits) to illustrate fractions so well.
I remember when I was in second grade and the teacher asked the class something like "We all know three can't be divided by two." I replied, "Baloney, it's one-and-a-half." This astonished the teacher, as none of us in second grade were supposed to know fractions. She then attempted to embarrass me into submission by asking me if I was so smart if I'd like to step up and teach the rest of the class, and I surprised her again by accepting her challenge and teaching until she got tired of it and offered to step back up herself. Anyway, Ryan's spontaneous curiosity is what happens when kids aren't made stupid by parents who would prefer to use video games or TV as a babysitter.
Ryan weighing his new collapsible beach ball. (Canon 6D, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L, Auto ISO 2,000, 6 sharpening, -2 contrast, auto white balance, 1/125 at f/1.4, Perfectly Clear automatic correction Photoshop plug-in.)
Ryan's lab notes: "Ryan's BeACh BALL 1/16. DRUMSTICK 1/4. BeACHBALL AND DRumSTICK 5/16. The corrections are because Ryan hadn't learned to zero the scale first, so we had some re-dos after I showed him. (Canon 6D, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L, Auto ISO 200, 6 sharpening, -2 contrast, manual card white balance, 1/125 at f/2.8, Perfectly Clear automatic correction Photoshop plug-in to remove color cast.)
September 2012 Kindergarten!
July and August 2012 Summertime!
June 2012 Pools, cotton candy and Corvettes!
Late May 2012 Gymnastics and Spider Crabs!
August 2009 Summer fun!
June 2009 Loads of really cute water pictures!
May 2009 Loads of cute pictures!