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Those of you who are following the tutorials as well as the blog may have thought that using portraits as the theme for this month's issue was a bit ironic, as I've hardly posted any portraits over recent months, and very few of those have been of the kids. So today I thought it was definitely about time that I made the effort.

And I'm glad that I did, because I got three shots that I like. This one, and tomorrow's, are both of Rhowan, taken outside our house as we waited for everyone else to get ready to go out for a walk, while the one I'll be putting up on Tuesday is a shot of Rhowan and Harmony.

Oh, and if you like this one, make sure that you come back tomorrow. I like this one, but I'm really happy with tomorrow's. That said, do let me know what you think of this one.

And finally, if you're interested, the original is here:


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comment by PJ at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

Both the original and this one are beautiful portraits. This is a great example, however, how B & W and DOF can enhance a portrait. The combination of these results in a wonderful portrait here--centering in on the facial features. Of course, Rhowan's intense eyes are her signature--something she brings to the shot herself that shines through regardless of color, B & W, or dof. A lovely child...a lovely portrait.

comment by jelb at 08:45 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

Great treatment..Dof, exposure..Bravo!

comment by Philip Jensen at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

I really like the DOF but I'm not quite sure about the Black 'n White conversion.
Think I like the colours more. :)

comment by Richard Trim at 09:15 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

Poor little mite ... she needs some colour back in her cheeks!!! ;-) Both are good ...
and also D' as a general comment ...your people pics (not particularly the celeb cohorts though) are pretty damn good . Humph ... perhaps I just like ordinary ... richard.

comment by oldshutterhand at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

I´m impressed by the richness of the b+w tones.

comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 02:13 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Wonderful portrait. Great DoF, and I enjoy the composition. Nicely done, David.

comment by Tom K. at 02:23 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Perfect portraiture and the B&W conversion is just right. Exquisite work.

comment by minhternet at 02:53 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Is it just me, or does she look like a cute, girl-version of Winston Churchill?! There's something about that expression, she means business. A joke is a very serious thing indeed!

comment by Brian Bastinelli at 03:25 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

I have always loved your portrait images. This one is no different. I really like the black and white conversion and I think the added DOF is right on.

It does the trick in bringing your eye to hers which I find to be the main draw of this image.

Very nice!

comment by Mohamadreza at 03:57 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

That's a fantastic shot, LOVE it man.

comment by sAm at 09:47 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Always a pleasure to come across your portraits. Love the manipulation you have done here, tones as always top notch too :o)

comment by Jennifer at 10:34 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Such a lovely shot - fab BW conversion but think it deserves a colour version too! In fact I might play ;-)

comment by birgit at 11:22 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

a liitle princess! fine prosessing!
I think she is far to pretty for her age :)

comment by Bambography at 12:28 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Without wanting to sound like a long lost grandparent - Isn't she growing up fast!
Back to the photo - Very nice, I prefer the B&W version with shallower DOF but I think a tweeked colour version would have had jsut as much impact. Either way, another great protrait and looking forward to tomorrows!

comment by rhys at 04:10 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Such a wonderful portrait, the clarity of the eyes makes the image really 'sing'.

comment by ve at 07:22 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Thanks everyone.

minhternet: I hadn't noticed, but now you mention it ;-)

Bambograhpy: in which case, I think you'll probably like the next one :-)

comment by m at 07:33 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Like both, the b&w adds age. Would probably go with th b&W.

comment by Rose at 09:17 PM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

I'll definitely come back for the next one :) I already love this one!

comment by Alice at 08:23 PM (GMT) on 27 November, 2007

Beautiful shot. I love the detail in this.

comment by chiara at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 27 November, 2007