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Ben is so cool

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70/2.8 L


Ben’s First Haircut

Ben's first haircut

Ben’s first haircut was a little traumatic, but he survived, and he looks very handsome now with his new do.

(Canon EOS M, EF-M 22/2 STM)


New Rain Coat and Boots

Sam might be the only person I know who is enjoying the weather, and that’s because he has a new rain coat and boots.

Sam’s New Rain Coat and Boots
Canon EOS 5D, EF 50/1.8


My Sam

Sam turned three years old on Nov. 10, and as usual, I’m struck by how fast time flies.

Sam, Dec. 2, 2012
Canon EOS 5D, EF 50/1.8


My Ben

Ben turned one year old on Nov. 14, and I neglected to post an updated picture of him. So here you go, a little late but better than never.

Ben

Ben, Dec. 2 2012


Benjamin Charles Hocter, born Nov. 14, 2011

Our second son, Ben, was born on Nov. 14. He weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz., and he was 20″ long. He’s a beautiful, healthy little boy. Becoming a father for the second time is just as amazing as it was the first time.

Here he is at nine days old, sleeping as usual.

Ben, Nine Days Old


Happy Father’s Day! (And an Announcement)

Boy Hocter 2.0

Hocter, Boy 2.0

Two years ago, on Father’s Day 2009, I introduced you to my son Sam, who was a fetus at the time. He’s now a happy and healthy 19-month-old. He’s the joy of my life, and the frequent subject of my photography and star of my blog.

It’s only fitting that I take this opportunity, on Father’s Day 2011, to introduce you to my second son! Like Sam, he will be born in November, and I’m sure he will be every bit as awesome. He will undoubtedly be the subject of many, many, many of my photographs.

So here he is, in his first photograph, which I didn’t take but I’m all too happy to steal and share with you. Just like Sam, he’s a little bit camera shy in utero. :)


Sam’s First Haircut

Sam got his first haircut today.

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Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 24-105/f4 L IS USM @ 50mm, 1/40 sec at f/4.0, ISO 400


Sam, 15 Months

Sam turned 15 months old on Feb. 10. He is starting to look less like a baby and more like a little boy.

I already posted this on my gallery site and on Flickr a couple days ago, but I wanted to post it here on my blog as well.

Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8 @ 47mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX + Opteka Mini Softbox, 1/250 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 200


Playing with Off-Camera Flash

Inspired by the Speedliter’s Handbook, I’m dedicated to learning how to get more out of my small flashes this year. I just purchased a second Canon flash (a 580EX II to go with my 580EX) so I thought it would be fun to play around with the wireless off-camera E-TTL features. For this shot, I used the 580EX II on-camera to trigger the 580EX in a mini softbox, which my wife was holding off to the right of the camera. (Thanks for being my light stand, honey!) The 580EX II on my camera was disabled so it didn’t contribute any flash to the exposure.

Sam was much more interested in the flash my wife was holding than the camera, which made for a great opportunity to photograph him when he wasn’t looking straight into the camera.

Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8 @ 38mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX off-camera + Opteka Mini Softbox, Canon Speedlite 580EX II on-camera (disabled), 1/60 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 400. Shot in manual mode with no flash exposure compensation.


Don’t Mess With Me

Don't Mess With Me

Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 50mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX II, 1/250 sec @ f4.0, ISO 200


Sam is learning to feed himself

Sam is learning to feed himself. His methods are crude but effective…

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Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 65mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX + Sto-Fen Omni Bounce, 1/125 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 400


Pinkies Out

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Sam can’t eat granola bars yet, but he doesn’t let that stop him from trying to eat the wrappers. Here, he demonstrates the proper etiquette for wrapper consumption.

Technical Info: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 53mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX + Opteka Mini Softbox bounced off the ceiling, 1/13 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 400


Sam Throwing a Ball

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Sam Throwing a Ball

Nothing artsy today… Just Sam throwing a ball. His right hand seems to be becoming more dominant lately, but he still switches it up once in a while. It’s still too early to know for sure if he will be a righty or lefty.

Technical Info: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 70mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX + Opteka Mini Softbox, 1/400 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 400


Another Photo of Sam at 14 Months

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Sam, 14 Months

Here’s another photo of Sam from earlier today. Isn’t he just the cutest?

Technical Info: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 70mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX (on camera) + Opteka Mini Softbox, 1/125 sec at f/4.0, ISO 400


Sam, 14 Months

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Sam, 14 Months

Sam turned 14 months old this week and continues to get more cute all the time. He’ll be driving before we know it.

Technical Info: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8L @ 50mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX (on camera) + Opteka Mini Softbox, 1/500 sec at f/4.0, ISO 400