project february: day one

February is the shortest month of the year. Yes, this year happens to be one day longer, but still. So this year in 2012 I am doing a project in February. This project is for me and for you.

For me… the most fabulous part of this is that I am going to take a picture of my boys or my family every single day during the month of February (the pics might be taken the day before or so but posted every day here). I will be photographing every day life, not a photo session, and usually not even a posed moment. My kids may have spectacular bed head or there may be unimpressive laundry in the background. I want to photograph a real moment, a memory. So that’s my goal. And as a result, I will have lots of precious images … for me … of my boys.

For you… I will be posting my settings and some details as to how I shot the pictures every day as well. And that is for you. Hopefully it will contribute to helping you understand your camera and a bit of photography even more. Who knows, maybe it will even inspire you to take more pictures of the people in your world… for you.  So, here we go…


Day one: rain puddles

Manual camera settings and the why behind them:
ISO – 200 (outside, bright even though it’s cloudy)
aperture – F 2.8 (why not? cause I don’t necessarily need everything in focus behind them and they’re on the same “plane” in regards to their depth of field)
shutter speed – 1/320 (the shutter speed needed for proper exposure)
distance from subject (rough estimate) – approx 10 feet away
focal point – on one of my boy’s heads (just picked one)
lens – 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II


  1. Carolee on February 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for doing this, Cori-love the pic! Since the boys aren’t close together, where was your focus point and about how far back were you standing? Would it be too bothersome to post these two tidbits with the rest of your specs as well? Not to worry if you don’t–as always, all that you do for us “learners” is appreciated!! :)

  2. Cori Derksen on February 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    sure. i can do that. :)

  3. TK Goforth on February 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    This is a GREAT idea, and so appreciate it! So looking forward to what you have in store! I love your website! I just bought a new Sony camera the other day and can’t wait to do some magic with it. God bless!