how I use categories on chromasia

All the entries on chromasia are placed into one of seven primary categories: six to reflect the aspect ratio of the image, and the seventh to indicate that an image isn’t available as a print. Additionally, each photograph may be assigned to one of more additional categories or subcategories, e.g. my travel category, children category, and so on.

about the ‘children [portraits]’ category

The 'portraits' category is a subcategory of my 'children' gallery and contains both posed and 'natural' portraits of our kids, their friends, and various other children.

6 November, 2014 // Rhowan Phoenixcomments & reactions

Despite her being under the weather I managed to convince Rhowan to spend some time letting me photograph her with my latest Fujifilm lens, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8. As you can see, it's not half bad :)

If you'd be interested in seeing a high-res version you can do so here:

chromasia.com/blog/images/50_140/rhowan_phoenix.jpg

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A shot of Tiggy, taken during our recent trip to Bulgaria.

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Another portrait of Tabby, chilling out with one of her workbooks we brought over for the summer.

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Our trip to Bulgaria certainly seems to be agreeing with Tabby :)

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It's difficult to describe the experience of being and living in Bulgaria, but this shot captures some of its flavour: taken during a recent trip to a local waterfall for a barbecue. Libby's in the foreground, and our good friends Andy, Petsi and their young son Mario are in the background (along with Finley, our eight year old).

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As a counterpoint to yesterday's portrait of Finn - which didn't really show him off at his best - here's one I took about a minute earlier.

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9.59am on 4/8/14
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that Finley (our nine year old son) was in a terrible mood when this was taken, but in reality he was just a bit miffed that I asked him to look up. Clearly, playing on the iPod is a lot more important than having your portrait taken ;)

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10.00am on 4/8/14
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I thought that I was done with the sugar skull portraits of Rhowan but thought I'd try something slightly different with this one, i.e. combining two separate RAW conversions: one for most of the image, the other for her eyes. The first has a clarity setting of -48, which is why this one is a lot softer than the other two I posted, while the second had the clarity set to around +20.

Let me know if you think this approach works better.

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2.54pm on 4/5/13
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This started out as an alternative to the shot I posted yesterday, and I had intended it would be in colour. The more I played with it though the less I liked it, so it ended up in black and white too.

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I posted some shots of Rhowan back in November when she first tried sugar skull makeup (here, here and here) but we thought we'd try it again today: a) because I think it makes for a good portrait, and b) because I wanted to shoot some more images using the 56mm lens on the XT-1. We shot a whole bunch of stuff and ended up with two that we both like: this one, and a colour version that I'll post tomorrow. We both prefer tomorrow's shot.

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18 April, 2014 // tilt #2comments & reactions

Here's the second shot taken with my new Kipon M42 Tilt and Shift adapter along with an Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. Like yesterday's it's largely experimental, but I think it has a bit more creative merit than the last one.

Let me know what you think.

17 April, 2014 // tilt #1comments & reactions

Here's the first of what I hope will be many shots taken with my new Kipon M42 Tilt and Shift adapter along with a Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 that I picked up on eBay recently.

If you're not familiar with tilt shift lenses take a look at this link. It explains the basics of camera movements and how these affect the appearance of your images.

For those of you who are more familiar: this shot was taken with 8 degrees of horizontal tilt at an aperture of f/4. Having taken a closer look at it - i.e. on a decent screen rather than the back of the camera - I think I probably overdid it a touch: there's just too much blur on the right, and the outer edges of both of Rhowan's arms are a bit soft. Next time, if I'm shooting a similar shot, I think I'll try somewhere around 5 degrees instead.

As always, let me know what you think.

26 March, 2014 // untitled #170comments & reactions

A great reminder that it's better to shoot kids before they get bored, not after: shot during my recent trip to Oman with Issa.

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8.51am on 22/11/13
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3 January, 2014 // untitled #166comments & reactions

A couple of Bedouin kids that Issa and I photographed during our trip to Oman. I guess that the two fingered gesture has a slightly different meaning there :)

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This is the third and final shot from our Halloween shoot yesterday afternoon, and as you'll see if you take a look at the original it's the most heavily processed of the three. I think it's probably also my favourite, but I'm pretty pleased with how all of them turned out.

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It's very rare that I blog two images in a day, but I thought this one was worth posting too.

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Happy Halloween :)

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9 September, 2013 // Harmony (Summer 13 #1)comments & reactions

I had great plans for posting loads of shots while we were in Bulgaria this summer but, what with one thing and another, it didn't happen. I'll catch up over the next week or so.

In the meanwhile, here's a shot of Harmony, taken while visiting friends.

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The third and final portrait of Rhowan from this first set of the summer, and my definite favourite from the ones I've posted so far.

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that we put some thought into this shot, but in reality it was just a quick snap, taken while we were waiting for the train to Veliko Turnovo. The train didn't arrive, but at least we got an interesting shot: the second of three portraits I'll be posting of Rhowan. Of the three I think my favourite is the one I'll be posting tomorrow, but let me know what you think of this one.

And in case you're wondering about the processing: most of it was done in RGB but I switched to Lab Color to tweak the colour. The way I did this was to work on the image in RGB while creating a separate Lab Color version. My reason for doing this was because if you switch to Lab you need to flatten your document, losing any adjustment layers. What I now do is copy the background into a new document, convert to Lab Color, tweak the colours with a curve, then paste the copy merged image at the top of the layer stack of the RBG image. I then switch the blend mode of that layer to colour. The best of both worlds :)

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