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While this one is a little bit soft – shooting at 1/30s at 110mm is a bit of a gamble, even with IS – it does make me smile. And in case you're not familiar with our kids: Rhowan is the poser on the right, Harmony is silently protesting about being upstaged on the left, and Camilla is in the background.

As always, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

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comment by Ilan at 07:39 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

One cute model stole the attention from two others :)
Funny how each one seems to have something to post with - Whether it's a fashionable bag or a classic fan..
Apparently you have a very steady hand - 1/30s at 110mm with this sharpness.. Not easy to achieve.
Superb black and white conversion, but I guess I don't need to mention that with your photos by now :)

comment by Mirko Herzner at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

Posing indeed :-) Is she preparing to wave a kiss to the camera? Harmony's look is classic as well: "What is she doing again?!?" The softness doesn't matter much in moments like these...

comment by peter at 08:43 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

Well, it makes me smile too - definitely one for the scrapbook. Thumbs up from this viewer.

comment by csj at 09:05 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

jeeez a 1/30th, you are one jammy ...... or lucky, or both. In context the image works with the inherent softness, and whilst very tempting to try; the right hand side of the image would stand alone as an image, but the context would be lost and its meaning wholly wrong.

comment by Debbie at 09:09 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

As always the treatment is excellent! It has a cool (as in temperature) feel about it which I'm sure was probably not the case! I am definatly signing up to your tutorials once I'm less busy with organising this big conference!

comment by LightningPaul at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

I love the style of this type of images. I would (try to) call it a "subtle monotone high key image". It's pretty refreshing to me.
The image itself looks like a fantastic snapshot, caught on the right moment (probably it is like that). So: very very nice, though probably not something to hang on your wall in super large format.

comment by raul at 11:30 AM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

Beautiful shot, the blur edge. The very fine and accurate post. Wonderful work.


comment by cy at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

great shot. their posing looks very natural, as if they have always been in front of a camera.lol. they are very beautiful and to look so much like each other - you can still see their separate personalities showing through. what fun

comment by micha at 05:23 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

It is such a lovely photo Dave. They are so so beautiful and I like very much the way you framed and blur the composition. First class as usual!

comment by xavier rey at 08:55 PM (GMT) on 26 May, 2009

nice shot !

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 27 May, 2009

Gorgeous photograph David.

Libby and you must have immense fun and pleasure just watching your children grow. And they all seem to take to camera rather well.

comment by jaol at 11:34 AM (GMT) on 27 May, 2009

Those eyes atract alll the attention, are the centre of the image, and this impressing postprocessing, doubtless you´re the master.

comment by Bob Towery at 04:15 AM (GMT) on 28 May, 2009

I like how each model has something unique going on. The hand placements. The outfits. The expressions and props in the case of the two on the left. A visual treat, to be sure.

comment by Mohammadreza at 07:20 AM (GMT) on 28 May, 2009

great compoaition and very nice BW portrait ...

comment by Tony at 02:34 PM (GMT) on 28 May, 2009

Your kids are going to have a great family album to look back on when they're older. All the pictures of me as a kid are cringeworthy.
Loving your work.

comment by djn1 at 05:49 PM (GMT) on 28 May, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by will pattison at 02:04 AM (GMT) on 10 June, 2009

sometimes sharpness matters, but not here. this is one of those shots that keeps you asking "what's happening?"