This is a shot of Finley (left), Harmony (right) and a young boy that they both met at a barbecue we attended recently. As you can see, they had a great time :)
On a more technical note ...
If you've taken a look at the original image you will have noticed that it's quite a bit darker than this version. With the benefit of hindsight I think I probably should have shot a lighter version, and sacrificed some of the background detail, but at the time I decided to expose for the highlights and leave the rest to post-production. That said, the final image does work, but was a lot harder to process than it might have been; particularly in terms of retaining a natural looking tonal balance between the different areas of the image.
Cute shot Dave. You can totally see how much fun the kids had, and it's very much reflected in the light tone of the image. I love how you were able to lighten it up so much without losing all the different textures in the shot. Very nice.
Lot's of joy and fun is captured in this image! Delightful moment. Love the black and white processing.
Fantastic grey tones. I love the kids attitude, they seem to have much fun.
dave... this is superb! the only niggle I have is the highlight next to the middle boy's eye. But I didn't notice it until i hit the 'show original' link... would be good if it could be cloned out in some way.
what is the trick for seeing the original again?
I know what you mean--re shots with the subject in the shadows and bright sun all around. Never-the-less, you did a fine Chromasia-signature job on post-processing !!
Oh to be a kid again !!! They look so happy !!
At first I wasn't at all sure about the choice of (b/w) treatment. But then, put in the perspective of the original and taking in the match of the mood of the subject with the lightness acquired in the final image, I agree that the choice was good. It makes me smile the tiniest bit of lack of assurance in the laugh of the kids. It's clear they are good _but new_ friends ;-)
Cool composition with the hammock drawing your eyes in. They looked like they had an awesome time. :-)
Such a joyous summer image...and I especially love how you processed this..rendering it completely timeless.
Steve: yes, removing the overly bright spot would probably be a good idea.
Very spontaneous group portrait. With kids this is always hard :)
I think the b/w conversion contributes the the summer feeling in the picture.
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