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This was taken about half an hour after my previous entry, by which point Tabby had got rid of her brother's hat, the plastic cups, and the huge lump of paper she'd been carrying around :)

As with my previous entry, the original is rather flat in comparison:


In this instance though, the post-processing was much more straightforward; i.e. I converted the image to black and white using the channel mixer (as described in this tutorial) then used a Curve to add the high-key effect.

On a totally different matter: I was interviewed by Michael Zhang from petapixel.com a couple of weeks ago. If you're interested, the interview is now live:


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comment by Mirko Herzner at 09:24 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

Strong composition in this shot. The high-key works out nicely...

comment by Jem at 09:46 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

I think I would have liked a little more constrast on her top - but either way its an adorable shot. She looks so sleepy, bless!

comment by djn1 at 09:50 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

Mirko: thanks.

Jem: I tried a version with more contrast, but it ended up looking unbalanced; i.e. too much emphasis on her top, not enough on her face. I take your point though.

comment by Leicca at 10:55 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

Again, otra hermosa foto de las criaturas. Ya te lo dije hace algún tiempo: las fotos de tus hijos son realmente brillantes. (No sólo por el procesado.)

Un saludo.

comment by Jaol at 11:16 AM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

Yes, certainly a risky edition, strong as it is. I find it extremely atractive those dark points on the T-shirt as they give solidity to an almost evanescent image. Great decission the high key, according to her mood.

comment by navin harish at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

This is really cute

comment by Carlos Garcia at 01:06 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

I know Tabby... life can be so hard :)

Beautiful portrait.


comment by Luca Bobbiesi at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

Extremely sweet, great work with hi-key

comment by Justin Photis at 01:57 PM (GMT) on 8 July, 2009

I like the high-key effect on the shot to almost blow it out. What does the Curve look like on that then ?
Also interesting to see that during the Channel Mixer conversion, the red, ribena ?, stain , has completely gone.. :)

comment by pernilla at 05:11 AM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

Very nice. The high key and the soft focus suits her mood. And she's adorable.

comment by will pattison at 02:12 PM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

dude. you are the master of contrast. it bows to your creative will!!



comment by Alex at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

Menuda clave alta!!! WOW!!! Me gusta muchisimo la pose de la niña.

comment by Gary Eddleston at 08:07 PM (GMT) on 9 July, 2009

"Not again, When will Daddy learn I want sweeties, not another camera in my face!"

comment by djn1 at 12:07 PM (GMT) on 10 July, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Matthias at 09:02 PM (GMT) on 13 July, 2009

such a beautiful children portrait! great High Key and i like her shirt.. it matches great to your postprocess ;-)

comment by thomas mueller at 11:56 AM (GMT) on 26 July, 2009

wonderful silent moment.... like it!