Photographing children can be very difficult; they wiggle and squirm and run all about. With an SLR and modern lenses, fast autofocus and computer wizardry will help you capture the moment, but when you try to do it all manual with manual exposure, manual focus lens, and shooting wide open, it can be very challenging. You have to sit patiently, waiting for that moment where the childhood innocence reveals itself and hope they hold still long enough to compose, focus and shoot.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to capture a few moments in time where the joy of childhood shines. In these three images, the Leica M9 is at work with the 50mm Summicron shot wide open at f2.