Photo #11 – Boy Jumping Out of the Jolly Jumper

Yesterday, we came back to Pskov after spending some time at the Family Camp by looking at the Children's Ministry area. Today, we are going to meet one of the boys from the Children's Ministry.

This boy was so full of life the entire week we were in the courtyard working.

Canon 5D/2, 16mm, 1/1600 @F3.2, ISO 100

He was one of the first to arrive and certainly one of the last to leave. He was always full of life! I have several pictures fo this young boy moving about the Jolly Jumper or riding a bike or running on the rooftops of the adjacent storage sheds during the evening program.

I am ashamed to say that I cannot even tell you his name. I took over 2500 pictures in Pskov alone and often times I never knew what pictures I would use for this project or to tell the broader story.

This picture was taken as this young boy sailed down the Jolly Jumper and quite literally flew out of the exit at the bottom. I was standing just in front of this boy capturing kids upon there exit and this kid came at me like a happy freight train. As he jump, I took several successive frames and this one was the winner.

I love that his hand is blurred as it gets close to my camera. His feet kicked up underneath him as he sailed out of the exit.

In the background, you can see his shadow as it dances across the Jolly Jumper.

In the foreground, you can even see me taking the picture. Alexandre Buisse discussed in his ebook Extreme Perspectives, that often times, you (as the photographer) cannot help having your shadow in the frame because the light is just at that spot. He says you just need to work with what you got and get the best shot possible and sometimes that shot comes with a little bit of you in the frame. So…there I am.

If you noticed the blue on this kids forehead, you aren't alone. That is antiseptic for a cut that the child had prior to coming to our ministry. Just slap a little blue antiseptic on and you are good to go!

No matter where you are in the world the expression of joy, excitement and fun is evident in the happy smiles on childrens faces as the sounds that emanate from their mouths. You just can't help but laugh!

I hope, today, you were able to remember a little of your inner child. Take time to have a little fun today and let your face do the sharing. Tomorrow, we will spend some time under the parachute.

I would love to hear some of your fun moments. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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