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I'm not entirely convinced I've got this one right, but it is a technique I'll use again. What I do like about it though is way it clearly demonstrates the difference between Rhowan and Harmony's physical competence. Rhowan, who will be six this August, is quite capable, while Harmony (who turned four in February) clearly has some way to go :-)

Update: thanks for all the great comments, they're much appreciated, not least because I wasn't sure that I'd got this one right – so it's good to hear that most of you disagree with me.

On another matter: I probably won't be posting many new entries over the next week or so as I'm concentrating on getting the online tutorials sorted out. If you haven't already seen it, I'm about half way through a basic Curves tutorial. I'm pleased with it so far, but if you do have any constructive comments I'd really like to here them.

Update #2: my apologies for the continuing lack of new material, but things have been a bit hectic here. Libby and I, and our three youngest, have all had colds – which really hasn't helped – and yesterday my new laptop died. Well, it looks like the hard drive has failed, which is bordering on a major catastrophe. I have all my recent images backed up, but haven't run a full back since the start of March; i.e. I've lost lots of emails, some work I was doing that needed to be completed by yesterday, the latest section of the new Curves tutorial, and so on.

So, today I need to go over to Manchester to let an Apple Genius look at my MacBook Pro and I really hope that they can recover some of the data I've lost :-/

Anyway, the long and the short of it is that there won't be any new material in the short-term. I'll keep you posted.

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comment by m at 08:33 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007


comment by Richard Trim at 08:37 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

I'm going to have to think about what you have written about your kids David ... be prepared !!! ... Ha

comment by Sarah at 08:45 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

One of your best in a long time, this is absolutely spot on!

comment by Jennifer at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Another 11 me thinks ;-)

comment by Alexandru at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Funny photo.

comment by oldshutterhand at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Great action, really good!

comment by Si Goodchild at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

I'm guessing you used a tripod to ease the blending process. How did you manage the opacity? Was it selective, say with layer masks, or have you set global layer transparencies.

Irrespective the the technique details, it's a nice shot! One I intend to copy!

comment by Richard Trim at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Hmmmm ... I have a horrible feeling that I might become mildly precocious with my response. Kids mucking about - great theme. Multi-frame shots (if that's the jargon) - good idea.
BUT ... for me, the two kids should have had a tad more space between them ...
AND as for the stage of development ... I reckon Harmony is way better than you David. Rhowan looks highly co-ordinated for a six year old.
Shame you didn't catch Harmony collapsing into a scrambled bundle of arms and legs moments later.
I'll use the ubiquitous''nice'' shot.

comment by Joseph at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

haha, I love the third one, her face is brilliant!

comment by Claude at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Great effect! Very cool shot!

comment by Jeppe at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

Awesome. I can almost hear her scream whoohoo all the way to Oslo.. Very well done!

comment by _yh at 10:25 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

_wow! excellent secuence!

comment by saleh at 11:34 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

very well composed and blended photos! kudos!

comment by Maxine at 11:55 PM (GMT) on 2 May, 2007

What I like the most about this pic is not just the sense of moviment but also the sense of musicality we can feel coming from it.....It remainds me "Capoeira"..and the little Harmony does a lot for it happenig. Also the colours is just perfect to create a perfect mood!Well done!

comment by Nick at 12:22 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Very creative. She has a wonderful expression as she does her flips.

comment by Sunshine at 01:29 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Thank you so much for this picture. I truly enjoyed it. It is brilliant!!

As a comparison between the two sisters, it is a treasured time capsule, I'm sure.

One of your many fans!!


comment by eric at 02:10 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Awesome action shot.

comment by Joey at 02:15 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Very inovatine! Way cool

comment by NJP3 at 03:36 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

great job. love the facial expressions.

comment by 西皮士 at 04:25 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

唉 你这个女儿啊……

comment by David Chabashvili at 05:54 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Excellent!! Harmony's expression is marvelous!

comment by P.J. at 07:09 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

That is such a wild shot. Is that processing hard to so?

comment by Laura at 09:22 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Great shot! I'm curious the way you blended the images...

comment by ao tomato at 10:55 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Absolute. Total. ROCKSTARS!

comment by {-P-} at 11:25 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Very nice picture. Great idea to decompose this motion!

comment by mooch at 11:42 AM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Yes, you'll have to lift the curtain on this magic show and tell us the process. I like it.

comment by Paul Courtney at 12:41 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Hi Dave,
One of your best shots for ages. This is just so good, what a sense of fun you've captured and created. It could almost be my own two daughters, Jenny who turned six in February and Charlotte who will be four in August, they are at what would appear to be very similar stages.
Love it.

comment by Cătălin at 12:43 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

I just wish to express my fondness for this shot and add to the number of comments, so others regard it as interesting. Which it is. :) Very nicely done, Mr. DJN, but I am looking forward to an improvement on this technique, and maybe a tutorial.

comment by Kimberly at 01:56 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

i could look at pictures of your children EVERY SINGLE DAY!

comment by David Nicol at 01:58 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

a great shot of a lovely moment. it has a great sense of fun about it. :)

comment by Alice at 02:11 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Interesting processing. Nicely done.

comment by navin at 02:17 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007


comment by lasiate at 03:31 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

ouh la la ! l'arrivée va être rude. interessante prise vue !

comment by Daniel at 04:43 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Great shot and processing. Love the expression on their faces. You really captured the moment or should I say few moments.

comment by Osiriums Ventaka at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Excelent work!

comment by Steve Tainton at 05:16 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Brilliant !! This is superb well done

comment by &Once at 05:49 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

after 36 comments i think one word is enough.

comment by M a d . P h o t o . W o r l d at 06:24 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Very nicely done. It put a smile on my face.

comment by Cătălin at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

David, instead of letting us all say "nice" and "great" why don't you implement some sort of rating system? Like 5 stars, let's say. And if you're worried about the voting audience you could limit the possibility of doing so by assigning passwords to specific visitors. Like your regulars, let's say. I don't know, you decide what to take into consideration. But I think it would certainly make things more interesting than counting comments. :) It would also serve as great archive searching criteria.

comment by chiara at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Love it!

comment by Mark at 10:36 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

And this is back to your best Dave. Forgive me for not bothering to answer any reply or comeback to my previous comment - I simply couldn't be arsed with dealing with the blinkered that will have no doubt attacked me in some way (it's all subjective but only positive comments please!)
I do feel that you've slipped of late but this is the kind of thing that says to me you're pushing on again. I love it. Nicely done, and good luck with everything :)
By the way, just in case you did reply to my comment on the site...could you email me? I can't be bothered hunting it for it ;)

comment by milou at 10:44 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

Great sense of fun and the "third" expression is a knockout.

comment by Mark at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 3 May, 2007

In fact I have just looked back....none of them seem to have got that upset after all. Surprised by that.

comment by Jesus at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 4 May, 2007

I love the result of this extrange experiment, very original image.

comment by crash at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 4 May, 2007

brilliant experiment! quite the athletic kid!

comment by louis at 06:31 AM (GMT) on 5 May, 2007

great idea! nicely done !

comment by tristan forward at 01:42 PM (GMT) on 5 May, 2007

never mind the technicalities, you've distilled the beauty of the moment

comment by Jelb at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 5 May, 2007

Well done shot..Nice effect..Pretty model..Bravo!

comment by Piet Osefius at 02:08 PM (GMT) on 6 May, 2007

Great motion, what technique did you use? It's also great to see that you started with online post processing tutorials, thanks!

comment by jennifer at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 6 May, 2007

I *love* this one!!!

comment by Thomas at 12:43 AM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

I like this one very much. I'm going to check out the tutorial. Thanks for kindly sharing your post processing wisdom.

comment by Josef at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

Interesting idea. Nice colors also. I added your blog to my blogroll at http://fotografiker.se - keep it up.

comment by bugsy at 03:50 AM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

one of your most original ever. happy to see it.

comment by ling at 04:12 AM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

I like this shot. It is really a cute shot of your daughter although I think the process of her doing the handstand isn't so smooth. I think a bit of detail was lost in between. There is room for improvement so I can't wait to see your future pictures with this technique.

comment by David Tello at 09:52 AM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

Me gustan muchísimo tus fotos, llevo tiempo siguiendo tu página web, y cada vez me quedo más asombrado, enhorabuena por tus fotos.


comment by vg at 01:51 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

Ah this is a good one!

comment by hemal at 03:44 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

just one word.. "Fab"

comment by Audrey Mottishaw at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 7 May, 2007

I have had your site as my home page for a few months now. I just love this photograph and the expression on the little girl's face.

Lovely action shot

comment by Bert at 03:14 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2007

Great flip.....famous work!

comment by doreen at 07:52 AM (GMT) on 8 May, 2007

this is SUCH a cool photo

comment by .:CushmoK:. at 08:29 PM (GMT) on 8 May, 2007

beautiful work..I really like this picture, great light.

comment by JD at 12:07 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

good luck with the macbook disaster recovery stuff!
mine playing up too, they don't build em like they used to!

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 09:24 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

Hope you get the Laptop sorted out. Regarding the photo... I really the idea and execution of the photo. Nicely done!

comment by Sandeep at 09:57 AM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

great idea and awesome site too...

comment by dea at 04:11 PM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

Un bel effetto sicuramente!

comment by moncef at 08:08 PM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

ohh this is cool

comment by djn1 at 09:01 PM (GMT) on 9 May, 2007

Thanks everyone.

comment by Régis at 04:44 PM (GMT) on 10 May, 2007

Stunning !!!! This picture is just amazing !!

comment by Rene Skrodzki at 04:01 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2007

This is an interesting shot and I think quite saleable to clients, parents would love to see there child at this age doing there thing in an action montage like this. Very nicely handled. Something to consider perfecting for sure.

comment by Miguel Servellon at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2007

It is a wonderful photography, congratulations

comment by olivier at 12:18 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2007

Excellent capture ! great traitement ...

comment by mal at 03:53 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2007

it's really clever and very well executed and produced. Great image. mal

comment by Jeremy at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 17 May, 2007

You captured the love of life in this child so well!

comment by Ted Szukalski at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2007

Fantastic fun. Dynamic, natural and imaginative.

comment by Ryan at 02:22 PM (GMT) on 27 May, 2007

Stumble Upon has just brought me to this image by chance and all I can say is WOW!! Consider your site bookmarked! I'm on a steep learning curve with my new DSLR and its shots like this that keep me going, hopefully one day I'll get up to speed with it all.

comment by system operator at 10:06 AM (GMT) on 14 November, 2008

Great shot man! I really think you nailed the shot and final editing. I was bit wondering, if this would be archievable by a flash strobo, but I would have to quess in the end it would need quite lots power from the strobo.

Very nice!