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The morning after we got back from our trip to the Black Sea coast, Tabby, our three year old got up and said, "can you push me on the swing?" "What swing?" She looked at me as though I was stupid, and said "The swing on holidays!" I did try to explain that it was rather a long way away, but she wasn't especially impressed with my answer.

And I did try to produce a slightly less sugary-sweet version, but ended up going with this one as she does look quite cute :)

In other news: WeeklyShot is back after a two year hiatus. Here's how Brandon Stone (WeeklyShot's founder) describes it:

"WeeklyShot is a different kind of group photoblog and photo challenge. Every week we announce a new theme, then photographers interpret this theme and upload their own photos in response. During the week users critique the images and decide which ones get featured on our homepage photoblog for all to see.

WeeklyShot is a small community that is invite only. If you would like to request an invite, just contact Brandon (the guy in charge) and he'll put you on the waiting list. Also, if you send a link to examples of your photography, there's a better chance of getting in."

If you're interested in taking part, you can request an invite from Brandon here, or just ask me – I have quite a few invites available too.

It's definitely a lot of fun, and the feedback you receive on your images, particularly in terms their relevance to each week's theme, is nearly always helpful and constructive. In short, I'd definitely recommend you give it a try.

Oh, and don't be put off by the pig's head if it's still at the top of the home page ;)

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comment by Garry at 07:04 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2010

With the look in her eyes you're going to have fun with her as a teenager ;)
The processing gives it a much more 3D feel.
Great eye contact and detail in the hair

comment by Frida at 07:49 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2010

I can only agree with what Garry says :-) She will be a handful as a teenager :-) I love the look in her eyes.

comment by LightningPaul at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2010

Truly beautiful! I love the intense colors and the look in her eyes.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 28 June, 2010

David, this capture is "electric"! Tabby, you will have people falling all over themselves to construct swings for you, design swings for you, let alone push you in a swing. Delightful Tabby in a delightful portrait!

comment by Matteo at 07:45 AM (GMT) on 29 June, 2010

Another doughter? I've lost the count :S
BTW, lovely etheric!

comment by djn1 at 08:18 AM (GMT) on 29 June, 2010

Garry and Frida: yep, I'm sure you're right.

LightingPaul and Carlos: thanks.

Matteo: Tabby is the next to youngest of our daughters. Keep up ;) And there six of them living with us. Finley (our four year old son) and I are seriously outnumbered ;)

comment by Dan Kaufman at 05:13 PM (GMT) on 29 June, 2010

those are definitely Primary Colors !! You sure have your hands full...too cute for words !!

comment by Tolga at 08:58 PM (GMT) on 29 June, 2010

I have to say she looks a bit evil here :). I guess this means I am in concordance with the guys above.

comment by djn1 at 12:56 PM (GMT) on 1 July, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

comment by David Kelly at 11:55 PM (GMT) on 2 July, 2010

What can I say that hasn't already been said by others? Er, you children seem to have developed modelling skills from a very early age? ;-) - they all just seems to be natural in posing (knowingly) in front of the camera.
I thought perhaps before looking at the original that you may have enhanced the colour of her iris, but she really does have that intensity natural. (My 4 yr old son's intense blue eyes seem to be changing colour of late)
I love the photograph - if I've any post processing comments to make, it's that this one seems to have required much less dramatic post processing - some vibrance / contrast ehancements with a judicious use of cloning in the top left to 'even out' the brightness of the bokeh at the top.

comment by Dina at 03:09 AM (GMT) on 4 July, 2010

She has such beautiful eyes!