Often it is very hard to get a "natural" expression. Distraction is an effective tactic. So that Gabe wasn't self-conscious, we were talking about a large plant in the neighbor's garden and raised the possibility that when it was "fully mature" we could climb it and there would be a magic land... Just the thought gave me a shot I'll treasure for many years.
Twister at Knoebel's Amusement Park in Ellsburg, PA. Knoebel's is a free admission park that is also dog friendly. This shot is a testimony to the effectiveness of vibration reduction on the Nikon 1 series of cameras. This is a hand held exposure @ 1.3 sec. Notice the ghosts on the bottom left of the frame. They weren't the subject and I'm just as happy they a faint whisps of an image.
Back-lit butterfly. To be able to shoot tight and fill the frame with this beauty, I used a Nikon 1 V1 with the FT-1 adapter which allowed me to use a Nikon 300mm f/4 lens at about 10 feet. The FT-1 adapter's updated feature of continuous focusing, made this shot on a very breezy day possible.
Portrait session at Kansas City's Union Station with Sarah. We had a wonderful time choosing the "best light" and the "best setting." Technical details: this was a good test for a small camera set-up. Nikon 1 V1 with FT-1 adaptor and Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens with fill flash from the SB-N5.