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This is the third of my 'let it snow' images – another portrait of Harmony – and it's probably my favourite of the set. It's also the last wintery portrait I'll be posting for a while as the weather seems to have got quite a bit warmer over the last few days; which is good news for our ever-dwindling wood pile, but less good for photography. In fact, for the moment at least, the Bulgarian winter is looking quite a lot like a UK one, i.e. wet, grey and dull. From what we've been told though, there should be some reasonably heavy snowfalls at some point in the New Year. I hope so, not least because we bought the kids a couple of sledges for Christmas.

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


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comment by Nawid Sahebzadeh at 10:21 AM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

I really like the softness of this one....give it an heavenly feel...and the snowflakes captured in her hair are marvelous!!
good job.

comment by Mirko Herzner at 11:07 AM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

Wonderful high-key portrait with a wonderful look on her face. I like the softness of everything around...

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

We are always talking about at least two things with your family portraits: your beautiful children and your photographic processing. Your children, of course, outshine the processing, but both are definitely wonderful to behold.

What's a sledge


comment by Albert at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

Nice high key portrait, as usual.

comment by djn1 at 12:56 PM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

Carlos: a sledge is much the same thing as a toboggan.

comment by sheila at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

I love the snow in her hair and the angelic look on her face, however, I love the original too... the colours are fab, and her rosy cheeks make me want to give her a hot chocolate and a cuddle..lol

You are an amazing photographer and processor, and I will continue to flash the name of 'Chromasia' and your online tutorials to all who will listen. Thanks. Sheila

comment by kometa at 06:52 PM (GMT) on 27 December, 2009

fantastic high key
i love your photos

comment by Xavier Rey at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 28 December, 2009

beautiful portrait !

comment by ROB at 10:32 AM (GMT) on 29 December, 2009

A sledge is snow ride prelude to a cast :) Not that I would give up one for an instant.

Once again I have found myself flipping back and forth between the original and the posted image. In this one it surprises me how much older she looks in the posted image.

comment by djn1 at 09:25 AM (GMT) on 30 December, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

ROB: yes, she does look older in this version, though I'm not really sure why.

comment by Elisabeth at 07:18 PM (GMT) on 31 December, 2009

absolutely lovely! she fits right in with winter's beauty

comment by aurore at 05:06 PM (GMT) on 10 January, 2010

un portrait divin.....

comment by Linda W at 11:16 PM (GMT) on 13 January, 2010

Marvelous portrait!

comment by Michael at 08:14 PM (GMT) on 26 January, 2010

WOW! I find this imaging in all its simplicity. I just stumbled across this site (literally I just stumbled across it just now), but I can tell I'm going to spend a great deal of time here. I, as well as many others, greatly appreciate you showing the original shot vs the final product.

It's amazing what you can do - not with necessarily complicated post-processing, but the CORRECT pp for the specific image. I'll certainly be subscribing to this blog and following you on Twitter (Hmm...I see I can do the latter right now... done and done. lol) ! I hope to learn a great deal.

comment by Michael at 08:30 PM (GMT) on 26 January, 2010

I butchered my comment, I meant to say that I find this image intriguing in all its simplicity. I hate when I do that. lol

And yes, I'm perusing the PS tutorial as we type...